CEO and Founder: The International Black Film Festival (IBFF), established in 2006, founded by Chief Executive Officer and Owner Hazel Joyner Smith is a collaboration of dedicated professionals who support the need for a “community” effort to bring African-American and other Communities together to showcase their work as emerging and skilled independent filmmakers, actors, composers, screenwriters, directors and other film industry professionals”
Honorary Co-Chair: Debbie Allen, internationally recognized actress/director/choreographer, has graciously and actively served as the Honorary Chairperson for the film festival since its inception in 2006. She also serves as a member of the prestigious President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a Board Member of the American Film Institute, and an Executive Committee member of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.
Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFF strives to insure culturally accurate depictions in film with special emphasis on providing a forum for unheard, unseen and unknown viewpoints, and to showcase the rich creativity and diversity found in communities of color locally, nationally and internationally.
IBFF is committed to:
- Hosting a celebratory, culturally diverse, community inclusive, family friendly, festival that provides a source of education and entertainment for all participants.
- Engaging people of all races and cultures in the support, development and enjoyment of culturally relevant depictions in film.
- Creating an environment to showcase independent film from around the globe that accurately depicts the cultures, images, and traditions of all communities.
- Introducing the work of Tennesseans in filmmaking to a larger national and international film community.
- Providing a venue for filmmakers to present their work, collaborate and network with one another, and to learn from industry professionals.
- Educating children and young adults in the complex art of filmmaking.
- Fostering global partnerships and collaborations among people from the visual and performing arts, music, radio, television, and film.
- Attracting economic growth and development in Tennessee by bringing all aspects of the film and television industry into the state.
- Training, preparing and equipping a skilled workforce in Tennessee to staff filmmaking projects.
- IBFF looks forward to enriching and being of service to the community. We embrace the significance of creating an environment that will inspire, cultivate, and encourage.
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Creative Officer
Film Programming Coordinator
Kenisha L. Rhone
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