The first annual Within Our Gates Black Film Student Film Festival and Competition is set to take place at Columbia College Chicago on Tuesday May 7th
Put together by the College’s Black Film Society and inspired by black filmmaking pioneer Oscar Micheaux (hence the name of the Festival the which comes from title of Micheaux’s 1920 anti- lynching film) the festival‘s goal is to “contribute stories and images of Black Life” and intends “to highlight the artistic achievements of Black Students in the art of narrative documentary and experimental films at Columbia College in Chicago.”
Cash prizes will be awarded in the categories of Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editor Best Cinematography and Festival Favorite.
The top ten films will be screened on Tuesday May 7th in Room 504 in the Film and Video Department Building on the campus of Columbia College located at 1104 S. Wabash starting at 7PM
For more information you can go to the Within Our Gates Facebook page HERE.