Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Women to Watch: Anna Różalska of Match&Spark Management Women to Watch: Anna Różalska of Match&Spark Management Women to Watch: Actress and Filmmaker Ahd Kamel Women to Watch: Actress and Filmmaker Ahd Kamel Exclusive: Alfonso Cuarón & Alejandro G. Iñárritu Endorse Emiliano Rocha Minter's 'We Are The Flesh' Exclusive: Alfonso Cuarón & Alejandro G. Iñárritu Endorse Emiliano Rocha Minter's 'We Are The Flesh' Sundance Review: Moving Doc 'We Are X' Chronicles the Tragic Story of Japan's Biggest & Boldest Band Sundance Review: Moving Doc 'We Are X' Chronicles the Tragic Story of Japan's Biggest & Boldest Band Sundance ’16: Lebanese Comedy ‘Halal Love (and Sex)’ is a Hilarious Discovery from Razor Film Sundance ’16: Lebanese Comedy ‘Halal Love (and Sex)’ is a Hilarious Discovery from Razor Film Sundance Review: Why Culturally Sensitive Road Trip Dramedy 'Mr. Pig' is Diego Luna's Best Film Yet Sundance Review: Why Culturally Sensitive Road Trip Dramedy 'Mr. Pig' is Diego Luna's Best Film Yet YouTube & Sundance Institute Extend Collaboration to Support New Voices in Episodic Storytelling YouTube & Sundance Institute Extend Collaboration to Support New Voices in Episodic Storytelling Sundance Institute Announces New Merata Mita Fellowship for Indigenous Artists and 2016 Recipient Sundance Institute Announces New Merata Mita Fellowship for Indigenous Artists and 2016 Recipient Sundance Review: The Daniels' Heartfelt 'Swiss Army Man' is a Zany Existentialist Buddy Comedy Sundance Review: The Daniels' Heartfelt 'Swiss Army Man' is a Zany Existentialist Buddy Comedy How GKIDS Shook the Oscar Animated Race with First Latin American Nominee and a New Ghibli Hit How GKIDS Shook the Oscar Animated Race with First Latin American Nominee and a New Ghibli Hit Kosovo Gets First Oscar Nomination with Short Film 'Shok' Kosovo Gets First Oscar Nomination with Short Film 'Shok' 'The Boy and the Beast' Dir. Mamoru Hosoda on Shared Fatherhood & Why His Films Deal with Two Worlds 'The Boy and the Beast' Dir. Mamoru Hosoda on Shared Fatherhood & Why His Films Deal with Two Worlds 7 Latin American and Latino-Themed Films Vying for an Oscar Nomination 7 Latin American and Latino-Themed Films Vying for an Oscar Nomination Charlie Kaufman on the Meaning Behind 'Anomalisa' at PSIFF: 'See the film' Charlie Kaufman on the Meaning Behind 'Anomalisa' at PSIFF: 'See the film' 'Ixcanul' Director Jayro Bustamante on the Strength of Mayan Women & Guatemala's Indigenous Majority 'Ixcanul' Director Jayro Bustamante on the Strength of Mayan Women & Guatemala's Indigenous Majority Review: Why Alê Abreu's Sublime 'Boy and the World' is the Best Animated Film of the Year                                                Review: Why Alê Abreu's Sublime 'Boy and the World' is the Best Animated Film of the Year Romania 's 'The Chosen One' Marks the Beginning of the 2015 Golden Globes® Campaigns Romania 's 'The Chosen One' Marks the Beginning of the 2015 Golden Globes® Campaigns 30 Essential Iranian Films to Watch in Honor of Nowruz (Persian New Year)! 30 Essential Iranian Films to Watch in Honor of Nowruz (Persian New Year)! LatinoBuzz: Interview with Elvis Nolasco from ABC's 'American Crime' LatinoBuzz: Interview with Elvis Nolasco from ABC's 'American Crime' Oscars 2015 : Best Foreign Language Film Contenders - Europe Part 1 Oscars 2015 : Best Foreign Language Film Contenders - Europe Part 1

AFFRM: A New View of Distribution

Photo of Sydney Levine By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz January 31, 2011 at 3:30AM

On Sunday, January 25, 2011, AFFRM hosted the third of a trio of dinners for black filmmakers and filmthinkers at Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker and publicist Ava DuVernay created these dynamic group conversations on "all things black + indie + film" at Cafe Terigo, overlooking Main Street in Park City. I like to think of myself as a filmthinker because I have been rethinking distribution of films along with everyone else in the business, but have been especially concerned about underserved audiences in the Latino and African American sectors. I have been reframing my own ideas (with such a coach as Tom Bernard leading the way) as I teach my course on the international film business at UCLA Extension, Deutsche Welle Akademie, the Berlinale Talent Campus and Woodbury College. I hope that I elucidate the issues in this blog and that that is why I was invited to partake in one of these very special dinners. With five African American film festivals curating, the best of African American films will receive theatrical releases through AMC theaters in five top markets along with national reviews. From that point on, it will be up to the filmmakers to use the existing services of such entities as their own ingenious use of social networking, The Film Collaborative or Distribber's new Cable VoD initiative to maximize their theatrical runs and the attendant marketing, to distribute their films to obtain the maximum returns. Even further theatrical exhibition can be considered through Emerging Picture's network of some 95 theaters.Read the New York Times article for more information on AFFRM.And see below the jump which festivals are the founding five.
3

On Sunday, January 25, 2011, AFFRM hosted the third of a trio of dinners for black filmmakers and filmthinkers at Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker and publicist Ava DuVernay created these dynamic group conversations on "all things black + indie + film" at Cafe Terigo, overlooking Main Street in Park City. I like to think of myself as a filmthinker because I have been rethinking distribution of films along with everyone else in the business, but have been especially concerned about underserved audiences in the Latino and African American sectors. I have been reframing my own ideas (with such a coach as Tom Bernard leading the way) as I teach my course on the international film business at UCLA Extension, Deutsche Welle Akademie, the Berlinale Talent Campus and Woodbury College. I hope that I elucidate the issues in this blog and that that is why I was invited to partake in one of these very special dinners.



With five African American film festivals curating, the best of African American films will receive theatrical releases through AMC theaters in five top markets along with national reviews. From that point on, it will be up to the filmmakers to use the existing services of such entities as their own ingenious use of social networking, The Film Collaborative or Distribber's new Cable VoD initiative to maximize their theatrical runs and the attendant marketing, to distribute their films to obtain the maximum returns. Even further theatrical exhibition can be considered through Emerging Picture's network of some 95 theaters.

Read the New York Times article for more information on AFFRM.
And see below the jump which festivals are the founding five.

Participating festivals include:

Pan African Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
Established in 1992
Ayuko Babu, Executive Director
Asantewa Olantunji, Director of Programming


Urbanworld Film Festival
New York, NY
Established in 1997
Stacy Spikes, Founder
Gabrielle Glore, Executive Producer
Brittany Ballard, Director of Programming


BronzeLens Film Festival
Atlanta, GA
Established in 2010
Sheryl Gripper, Executive Director
Deidre McDonald, Artistic Director
Kathleen Bertrand, Advisory Board Member


Reel Black Film Series
Philadelphia, PA
Established in 1999
Mike Dennis, Founder/Curator


Langston Hughes
African American Film Festival

Seattle, WA
Established in 2004
Jacqueline Moscou, Artistic Director
Karen Toering, Program Director
Zola Mummford, Curator

This article is related to: International Film Festival, distribution, Special Interest, Education , Sundance Film Festival, Hybrid Distribution, Africa and the African Diaspora

E-Mail Updates