About the event
Reel Sisters is the first Academy Qualifying Festival for Short narratives devoted to showcasing films produced, directed and written by women of color. Reel Sisters has championed the importance of Hollywood expanding opportunities for women of color to direct and produce films for two decades. Reel Sisters brings together more than 1,200 film lovers, industry professionals and celebrities each year for a two-day high profile event. The festival includes a six week season of screenings, two separate awards ceremonies for industry professionals & award-winning filmmakers, panels and workshops.
Past honorees: Issa Rae, Jessica Williams, Neema Barnette, Julie Dash, Nicole Beharie, Naturi Naughton, Cathy Hughes, Tamara Tunie and Margot Bingham.
Why should you sponsor?
Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series Festival
The festival attracts Film industry professionals (about 40%) as well as educators and the general public (60%). Approximately 25% of attendees come from out of town including both from the U.S. (key cities such as Chicago, Washington D.C., Miami, Atlanta) and international cities such as London and Mumbai. 20 percent of the films are global, 50 percent are from NYC and the metro area, and 30% from other U.S. cities.
The film attracts both a wide diversity that is multicultural focused. Key demographics are as follows:
African-American/Caribbean/African Descent: 60%
Carolyn A. Butts is the publisher/founder of African Voices, a leading arts magazine devoted to publishing fine art and literature by artists of color. The magazine celebrates 25 years in April 2018. Carolyn is also the founder of the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series (www.reelsisters.org), the first annual Brooklyn-based festival that showcases films produced, directed and written by women of color. Reel Sisters is the first Academy Qualifying Film Festival for Shorts devoted to women of color and provides opportunities for women in the film industry. Carolyn was recently featured in 50Bold.com (https://50bold.com/carolyn-butts-builds-bridges-fulfills-dreams/) for her accomplishments.
A trailblazer, Carolyn has increased the visibility of Black and Latino artists in literature, film and art. The magazine continues to be an outlet for emerging writers to publish fiction, poetry and art. African Voices has published more than 2,500 writers and artists since its inception. Carolyn’s work in publishing and the arts has earned her many distinguished honors including National Writers Union’s Louis Reyes Rivera Excellence Award for Educators 2015, 2017 Proclamation from the NYC Council, LIU’s Living History: A Tribute to Excellent Award 2013, Women in Media Award 2010 and Spirit of A Woman Firestarter Award 2013. In December 2017, She was honored at City Hall and presented with a Proclamation from City Councilmember Jumaane Williams and the City Council for her support of women filmmakers and artists.
She recently curated the film selections for the 14th National Black Writers Conference held from March 22-25, 2018 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
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