The first annual Juneteenth Atlanta Film Showcase, takes place Wednesday through Friday, June 18-20, 2008. Entries are still being accepted for the two day film showcase of short and feature length films which celebrate the diversity, strength and survival of African Americans.
Narrative features, documentaries, shorts, animation and television productions on film, video and digital media may be submitted. Youth produced works are highly encouraged. Films should be written/directed or produced by an African American, or feature African Americans in prominent roles.
Submission fee is $25 for entries received by the final submission deadline of Sunday, May 25th. For submission details and entry form, visit www.juneteenthatlanta.com.
The Juneteenth Atlanta Film Showcase opening program will include a special presentation of a portion of the event’s proceeds to a representative of The Campaign for the Ossie Davis Endowment (www.ossiedavisendowment.com). A member of the Davis family will be on hand to accept the donation.
What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It was June 19th, 1865 when the slaves in Galveston, Texas learned that they were finally free –though slaves had actually been freed two and a half years earlier with the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. While its roots are in Texas, Juneteenth has become a special day for African Americans all around the United States and the world. For an overview of the worldwide celebration, visit www.juneteenth.com.
Juneteenth activities will take place at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta June 18-20, 2008, with a special exhibit at the Southwest Regional Library. Schedule of events and advance ticket sales will be available online at www.juneteenthatlanta.com beginning May 10, 2008. Program booklet ads are $100 for a full page. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available – commit early for reduced rates. For details call 404-799-8115.
The Big Picture Film & Video Foundation is a Georgia nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to support, utilize and retain students and newcomers in film and the visual arts in Georgia and across the southeast. The Foundation also produces the bi-annual Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference (GABPC), a film & video convention targeting future filmmakers, animators, editors, actors, writers, sound techs, game techs, and digital media artists for two days of networking with peers and industry professionals. The next GABPC takes place in Atlanta spring 2009. For additional details or to register, visit www.gabpc.com.
IKAM Productions is an Atlanta based production company specializing in projects in film/video, theatre and television, with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth to create images using all mediums while encouraging them to realize the power of their voice and fostering their creative spirit. For a schedule of events and productions, visit www.ikamproductions.com.
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Booker T. Washington (Emancipation Level) Sponsors:
The Georgia BIG PICTURE Conference (GABPC)