Best Short  Lalo’s House

Best Actor  Toyin Oshinaike

Best Actress  Natalia Cordova-Buckley

Best Regional Film  Jelly Bean

Best Film Water In A Broken Glass

2018 Schedule

JULY 12, 2018
7:00 PM



One Bedroom

Both hilarious and heartbreaking, this indie comedy-drama tells the story of an African American 30-something couple who, after five years in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, spends their final afternoon together arguing and remember better days, as one of them moves out and hopefully on with her life.

Dir: Darien Sills-Evans
Narrative | Feature | 2017 | 83 mins | U.S.


An experimental documentary that looks behind the tradition of the illegal practice of religious servitude, popularly known as the Devadasi system, that uses religion, class-caste, and poverty as weapons of discrimination, to throw little girls of poor untouchable communities into prostitution in remote villages of Karnataka, India.

Dir: Indrani Nayar-Gall
Documentary | Short | 2017 | 20 mins | India

Ring Of The Beast

Professional boxer Chris Johnson causes the death of his wife in a car accident after a championship loss. After a 15 year separation from his son, he now tries to repair their fractured relationship.

Dir: Shahid Cherry
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 8 mins | U.S.

Pure Justice

A female attorney, just made partner at a prestigious law firm, suddenly finds herself faced with being disbarred.

Dir: Vickie Adams
Narrative | Short | 2018 | 19 mins | U.S.


Three girlfriends want to meet their favorite rap artist by auditioning for his music video.

Dir: Felicia Rivers
Narrative | Short | 2018 | 10 mins | U.S.

Yemi’s Dilemma

Three sisters, a wedding, and a family torn apart. Yemi, the eldest, is expected to marry a Nigerian man, but is keeping a huge secret from her parents that will forever change the dynamic within the family for better…and for worse.

Dir: Sade Oyinade
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 25 mins | U.S.

JULY 13, 2018
7:00 PM





A husband only dreams of his wife’s possible infidelity, but his dreams suddenly drive his reality.

Dir: Will Robbins  Prod: Meleisha Edwards
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 11 mins | U.S.


After spiraling into a deep depression, a young woman’s desperate plans are intercepted.

Dir: Jackie J. Stone  Prod: Bailey Brown
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 17 mins | U.S.


In a land where women rule, 18-year-old Adama, a pledge of the Mystical Order of Goddesses, must pass the final initiation ritual against her enemy, Evesus, or face the punishment of death.

Dir: Tiara Luten  Exe Prod: Mimi Valdes
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 20 mins | U.S.

Room Tone

Lloyd, a freelance sound mixer in Kansas City, loves his job, but can’t shake his unfulfilled dream of being a full time musician. The film deftly explores an artist’s conflict; the fine line that separates joy and self-doubt.

Dir: Morgan Cooper
Narrative | Short | 2018 | 15 mins | U.S.

Jabari Keating

A young man makes a life altering decision in this candid, first person narrative film that explores his personal reflections, life experiences and trials and tribulations as an African American in present day America.

Dir: Stacey Larkins
Narrative | Short | 2018 | 10 mins | U.S.


Mr. Gele

A profile of the intriguing life of celebrated, Houston-based Hakeem Oluwasegun Olaleye, master craftsman of the African headwrap, known as the gele.

Dir: Gladys Edeh
Documentary | Short | 2017 | 15 mins | U.S.

Still Water Runs Deep

An intimate story of a man whose concealed emotions begin to stir when faced with the portent of a missing son.

Dir: Abbesi Akhamie
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 15 mins | Nigeria


As her mother routinely does her daughter’s hair, the young girl finds solace in confessing earth shattering news.

Dir: Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 4 mins | Canada


An angel descends from Heaven to Brooklyn looking to clear the air, find common ground, and bridge the gap between law enforcement and minorities.

Dir: Marcellus Cox
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 14 mins | U.S.

Welcome Back

After being deported to Mexico, Carmen is forced to survive in a country she doesn’t understand anymore. Struggles ensue as she looks for answers to where she’s really from, and which country is truly her home.

Dir: Matias Nilsson
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 22 mins | Mexico, U.S.


The Pure and the Primitive

In a twisted fable, a woman is forced to question her role in society as a superior species above men.

Dir: Ebony Wilson
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 8 mins | U.S.

Jelly Bean

After the death of her adopted mother, a young girl secretly decides to find her biological parents, possibly causing a rift with her still grieving adopted father.

Dir: Devin Walker
Narrative | Short | 2018 | 16 mins | U.S.

JULY 14, 2018
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Harvey B. Gantt Center For African American Arts & Culture
551 South Tryon St Charlotte, NC 28202



This free workshop, taught by Charlotte, NC filmmaker Quinton Littlejohn, will introduce basic techniques in smartphone film production to create long and short form content for the web and other streaming platforms. We will also screen short films shot on mobile devices, including the 8 minute, award winning “Tagged”, directed by Elaine Del Valle, shot on LG’s game changing V30.



A short documentary whose subject is an urban mural depiction of Nuyorican poet legend Pedro Pietri.

Dir: Elaine Del Valle

Documentary | Short | 2017 | 8 mins | U.S.

JULY 14, 2018
10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Wells Fargo Auditorium at Knight Theater
430 South Tryon St Charlotte, NC 28202



Spoiler Alert

Surrounded by a world of social media and gossip, a young woman has one simple request. No Spoilers!

Dir: Asha Chai-Chang
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 6 mins | U.S.

No Reservations

A political satire inspired by true-life events, that gives a hypothetical look at what life would be like if the roles in Standing Rock were reversed. Protests erupt as an upper-middle class Caucasian neighborhood attempts to thwart the construction of a pipeline from an Indigenous Corporation.

Dir: Trevor Carroll
Narrative | Short | 2017 | 11 mins | Canada

The Rise And Fall Of The Brown Buffalo

Executive produced by Academy Award winning actor Benicio Del Toro, the film is a fresh and genre-defying documentary about the life of radical 60’s and 70’s Chicano lawyer, author and countercultural icon, Oscar Zeta Acosta…the basis for the character Dr. Gonzo (played by Del Toro) in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.

Dir: Phillip Rodriguez  Prod: Alison Sotomayor
Documentary | Feature | 2018 | 57 mins | U.S.


Aged Out

A grieving widow becomes compelled to help a homeless young man who has aged out of foster care, which in turn reignites her purpose to live.

Dir: Tomeka Winborne
Narrative | Short | 2018 | 28 mins | U.S.


Despite objections from his former partner, a cocky, ambitious detective goes undercover to take down some bad guys, but just may be in over his head.

Dir: Fred Forte Jr
Narrative | Short | 2018 | 13 mins | U.S.


A young woman’s arrival in the land of the ancestors after falling victim to gun violence, discovers there is healing in the arms of benevolent beings. However, her work is far from done, as she takes her place among those who uphold us. The Crowned Ones.

Dir: Roni Henderson
Experimental | Short | 2018 | 10 mins | U.S.


In late 80’s Chicago, two children, born to a Korean mother and African-American father, are forced to live with the tangled consequences of their parents decisions, while struggling to traverse new life in the Windy City.

Dir: Christine Swanson  Prod: Patti K. Gill

Narrative | Short | 2017 | 25 mins | U.S.


Panel Discussion: Story: The Impact Of Diversity In Film and TV

Moderated by Calvin Brown Jr (Writer/Producer, Real Husbands Of Hollywood) W/ Christine Swanson (TV One film director), Jorge Millares (Founder, Queen City Unity), Roni Nicole Henderson (Filmmaker, Fine Artist), and Manoj Kesavan (Founder, BOOM! Festival)

5:30 pm

Colour Me Pretty

A young girl begins to question her self-image after moving to a new school where she is not wanted.

Dir: Jacolby Percy

Narrative | Short | 2017 | 15 mins | U.S.


A young African feminist millennial finds love in a bittersweet moment, while struggling to find her footing in a patriarchal society.

Dir: Kemiyondo Coutinho
Narrative | Short | 2018 | 20 mins | Uganda

6:30 pm

For The Love Of Musiq

A product of the 80’s crack epidemic, a young woman who spent much of her youth as a ward of the state in NY struggles in her desperate search for love and acceptance.

Dir: Chad Quinn

Narrative | Short | 2017 | 20 mins | U.S.

Lalo’s House

Inspired by true events. After being taken from their home in Jacmel, Haiti, two young sisters must escape a child sex trafficking ring, disguised as a Catholic orphanage.

Dir: Kelley Kali

Narrative | Short | 2018 | 26 mins | U.S.

8:00pm – Closing Night Film

Water In A Broken Glass

Love is Fluid. Truth is Freedom.

A talented painter, Tonya Mimms, finds herself in the throes of a love triangle between charismatic Malcolm and the stunningly beautiful Satin, who challenge her to discover her inner truth…as an artist and a woman.

Dir: Jamelle Williams-Thomas

Narrative | Feature | 2018 | 115 mins | U.S.

10:30 PM – Awards Presentation

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