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Essence Launches Short Film Contest. Winning Film To Be Honored At 2014 Hollywood Luncheon

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 30, 2013 4:56 PM
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Essence Short Films Contest

African American woman-centered media brand Essence has announced the launch of a new film contest called The Essence Black Women In Hollywood Short Film Contest: Spotlight On Our Journeys.

Posing the question, "Are you ready to be the next top filmmaker?" the contest - touting a mission to create multidimensional and refreshing images of Black women, in contrast to commonplace narrow mainstream media depictions - officially opens it doors for entries this Friday, November 1, via its website at

The deadline for submissions is December 5, 2013.

A team of Essence editors will select finalists from all eligible entries, from which one winner will be chosen by the Black Women in Hollywood Academy - a group that includes industry taste-makers like Shonda RhimesRegina King and others. 

The winning short will be honored, and screened in part, during the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, which will be held on February 27, 2014

“At Essence, we understand how a powerful story, whether in print or in film, can impact lives and even impact an entire generation. This is especially true when there is a diversity of voices sharing their own unique stories about the human journey,” said Vanessa K. Bush, Editor-in-Chief, Essence. “That is why we are excited about the Essence Short Film Contest. Not only will it provide a platform to discover a fresh, new voice and vision, but showcasing the winner during our annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon will allow us to put a spotlight on burgeoning creative talent.” 

The winning film will also be featured on

To enter the contest, filmmakers are asked to write and direct an original short film, no longer than 20 minutes that "presents an image of a Black woman in a unique, refreshing way."

For full details on the contest, visit

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  • carolyn joseph | October 31, 2013 10:57 AMReply

    Been waiting on something like this ..... Yes

  • Janet | October 30, 2013 10:25 PMReply

    Thank you for the opportunity Essence. :)

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