International Black Film Festival of Nashville

The International Black Film Festival of Nashville
Address: 555 Marriott Drive, Building 2 Suite 315
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: 615.928.1119
Email: info@ibffnashville.com

IBFF 2015 Venue

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THE INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES 2015 FESTIVAL

August 12, 2015 (Nashville, TN)- The International Black Film Festival  (IBFF) is excited to announce that the 2015 Festival, slated for October 1-4, 2015, will be hosted at the state of the art Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education on the campus of Meharry Medical College.  IBFF is also honored to welcome the esteemed Meharry Medical College as an official sponsor for this year’s event.

Throughout the 3½ day event, the festival will serve the full spectrum of the industry by providing a venue to showcase the work of filmmakers from around the globe. Patrons will have the opportunity to view “unreleased,” independent and studio films, participate in awesome industry level workshops, master classes, industry parties, and high profile red carpet events with celebrity appearances.

Robert Poole, Senior Vice President of Division of Institutional Advancement at Meharry Medical College says, “It is notable and laudable that IBFF has selected a site in North Nashville on the Meharry campus which is at the heart of dynamic education, healthcare, culture, and research.  This area is anchored by thriving institutions and organizations such as Meharry Medical College, Nashville General Hospital, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Citizens Bank, The Tennessee Tribune, and Matthew Walker Community Health Center. Poole also says, “We are also proud to have a sponsorship role for this important cultural, educational, and community event that will bring much attention to Nashville and its creative sector”.

IBFF will also open Early Bird ticket sales from August 17-24, 2015. Festival Passes will be available for just $89.00.

“As Nashville continues to live up to its name as the new “It” city, the energy and excitement for this year’s festival is high,” said Founder and Chair Hazel Joyner-Smith.  “It is also an exciting time for Meharry, the city of Nashville and our academic community, as they recently celebrated the arrival of their new President, Dr. James E.K. Hildreth. On behalf of our Board of Directors and the IBFF staff, we are simply honored to have Meharry, one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black health science centers, believe in our mission and further support as a marquee sponsor this year.”

While plans for the festival are being updated daily, this year will highlight an exciting fusion of film, TV and music with the presence of some of the foremost industry professionals today.  Over the next few weeks expect updates, highlights and exciting announcements. If you would like to setup an interview, obtain media credentials, synopsis, please email us at press@ibffnashville. You may also email us at info@ibffnashville.com  or call the festival office at (615) 278-9537.

Please visit our website at www.ibffevents.com for event details. 

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About International Black Film Festival of Nashville
Through the art of film, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) celebrates rich, diverse and creative storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progress and education of communities worldwide. Established in 2006, IBFFN 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. With “Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFFN strives to ensure culturally accurate depictions in film with special emphasis on providing a forum for unheard, unseen and unknown viewpoints, and showcasing the multitude of experiences presented in local, national and international communities of color.

With the support of our sponsors, corporate partners, the community, the International Black Film Festival maintains its relevance to the creative, educational, and socially conscious communities around the globe.
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About Meharry Medical College
Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce. Meharry is a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences.

 

IBFFN Takes a New Direction for 2012

October 1, 2012ivyNews, Press ReleasesComments Off

October 1, 2012- (Nashville, TN) – The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) announces today that due to a difficult fundraising atmosphere and a competitive and tough economic climate, the format of the 2012 festival will be changed. While the festival will not be in full swing this year, IBFFN will continue with its independent film competition portion of the festival and announce its official selections and jury award winners.

“Compromising the quality and festival experience for our national , local and international filmmakers, industry and general participants, volunteers and the community was not an option”, said Founder, Hazel Joyner-Smith. “We are taking this opportunity to strengthen existing partnerships, engage new festival partners and implement new platforms that only enhance the festival experience”.

An outpouring and pledging of continued support from filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and friends sparked new ideas for the 2012 festival. The IBFFN staff and team of over 100 volunteers will now work to keep the momentum going and launch IBFFN’s first online film festival, accessible within the IBFFN website. This newly added platform, open to all audiences, will expand the IBFFN experience, enabling diverse audiences from all over the world to securely view independent films from around the globe from the comfort of one’s home, classroom, office or mobile device.

The full festival will return in 2013 and feature an engaging lineup of films, industry workshops and networking opportunities, right here in Nashville, TN. The online festival will also be kept as a part of festival programming. Fundraisers and a host of engaging screenings and special events will be he held in anticipation of the 2013 festival. If you would like to be a donor for special events and/or the 2013 festival please contact us via email at info@ibffnashville.com.

Please visit our website for regular updates at www.ibffnashville.com

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About International Black Film Festival Nashville

Our mission is “Through the art of film, we celebrate the richness, diversity and creativity of storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progression, and education of communities worldwide.”

The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN), established in 2006, 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. With “Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFFN strives to ensure 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.

The festival is made possible in part with the continued support of The Film House, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, One Village Entertainment, Comcast, HCA-Tri-Star, The Tennessee Arts Commission, The TN Film, Entertainment and Music Commission and The Screen Actors Guild. With the support of our corporate partners, the community and its leadership the International Black Film Festival of Nashville is on course to becoming one of the top festivals in the country.

Feature Film “The Perfect Gift” Makes U.S. Premiere; Nashville Director Alvin Moore and Actress Golden Brooks Hosts Q&A Session

October 6, 2011ivyPress ReleasesComments Off

NASHVILLE RESIDENT DIRECTOR/PRODUCER ALVIN MOORE, JR. WILL PREMIERE HIS FILM AND ONE OF THE CO-STARS WILL WALK THE RED CARPET ON SATURDAY 

The International Black Film Festival of Nashville, (IBFFN) will screen this year’s special feature film on Saturday, October 8th at Fisk University at 5 p.m. (CST). “The Perfect Gift” directed and produced by Alvin Moore Jr., a 26 year-old entrepreneur will have a huge draw for the residents of Nashville because they have a connection with Moore – his production company is based in Nashville, TN.

“The Perfect Gift” captures the tale of how the holidays are a joyous and festive time of year when families come together, reflect, and enjoy each other’s presence; yet, money and gifts minus communication equals lesson learned. Michael Harris is an average 35 year old man who comes from very humble beginnings but has temporarily lost sight of the important things in life. His faithful girlfriend, Sandra, caters to and supports him, but he feels intimidated by their difference in backgrounds as Sandra graduated from college and he barely got a high school diploma. Despite his love for her, he doesn’t believe that he measures up to the man that her parents feel she deserves.

As a result, Michael struggles to deal with this and painful losses from his past that he’s reminded of whenever Christmas rolls. He also fails to invest as much time into their 12 year old daughter, Katie, as he should. Michael does love and care for Katie, but he expresses it in a monetary way by buying her whatever she wants and by always making sure that she has lots of gifts at Christmas. Michael has an epiphany when his parents and Sandra’s parents, who do not get along, come in to town unannounced just before Christmas. This unforeseen, chaotic situation ends up bringing resolve for Michael as he observes, listens to and makes sense of all the madness. He learns and gains a renewed appreciation for his family as he begins to realize that of all the many gifts he has ever given to his daughter and girlfriend that, he, himself, to each of them is the perfect gift.

Moore wrote, directed, starred in as well as wrote and produced the soundtrack for his latest stage play. Brooks has confirmed that she will be present for the screening during the festival and is available for media interviews while in Nashville. “I’m humbled by the support that I’m receiving as I embark on my latest project. We were able to shoot this film in a week and fans and supporters can purchase the DVD as early as November. You will also get an opportunity to see the film on BET so stay tuned for that as well,” he said.

Moore’s first two projects, “A Mother’s Prayer” and “When The Lights Go Out”, have very successful statistics. He captured nearly a half a million viewers on Black Entertainment Television, (BET). Moore’s films have also taken the top position in DVD sales in Target and Wal-Mart stores across the country for One Village Entertainment.

IBFFN Co-founder Ingrid Brown says Moore is considered an ambassador of the organization because of his hard work and determination as an emerging filmmaker. “Alvin receives a lot of support from the community because of his quality films. This is not the first screening he has had at the festival. We have also screened “A Mother’s Prayer” He is an up and coming star in the industry and we are happy that he supports the festival.”

The Image Entertainment, (Chatsworth, CA) and Swirl Films, (Wilmington, NC) created a top caliber group of actors to be apart of the film. R&B crooner Ruben Studdard (Season 2 Winner of American Idol), TV & Film Actress Golden Brooks (Girlfriends), TV & Film Actor Darius McCrary (Family Matters, 35 & Ticking), Comedian and Actor Chris Spencer (Jamie Foxx Show and BET TV show Let’s Stay Together), Clifton Powell (35 & Ticking, The Mentalist), Buddy Lewis( That’s So Raven and Black Dynamite) and local actors Debbie Powell, Maurice Bullard, and starring Alvin Moore, Jr. himself as his signature character “Gramps” (A Mother’s Prayer, When The Lights Go Out).

World Premiere of the highly anticipated feature film debuts “He’s Mine Not Yours” as Centerpiece Film

October 4, 2011ivyPress ReleasesComments Off


CENTERPIECE FILM “HE’S MINE, NOT YOURS” PREMIERES OCTOBER 7

October 4, 2011

WHAT: The International Black Film Festival of Nashville, (IBFFN) announces this year’s Centerpiece Film. One Village Entertainment, a division of Image Entertainment Inc., will bring world premiere of He’s Mine, Not Yours” to this year’s festival. In this comedy relationships and friendships are turned upside down when a playboy decides it’s time to settle down.

 

WHO: The film features well-known film and television stars Caryn Ward, Gabrielle Dennis, Jason Weaver, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Carl Payne and Clifton Powell. Both Ward and Dennis will be at the screening in Nashville.

WHEN: Friday, October 7, 2011, 7 p.m.

WHERE: AT&T Building The Economic Development Center 333 Commerce St., Nashville, TN 37208.

IBFFN Restructures for 2012

October 3, 2011ivyNews, Press ReleasesComments Off

IBFFN Restructures for 2012

October 1, 2012 (Nashville, TN) –

October 1, 2012- (Nashville, TN) – The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) announces today that due to a difficult fundraising atmosphere and a competitive and tough economic climate, the format of the 2012 festival will be changed. While the festival will not be in full swing this year, IBFFN will continue with its independent film competition portion of the festival and announce its official selections and jury award winners.

“Compromising the quality and festival experience for our national , local and international filmmakers, industry and general participants, volunteers and the community was not an option”, said Founder, Hazel Joyner-Smith. “We are taking this opportunity to strengthen existing partnerships, engage new festival partners and implement new platforms that only enhance the festival experience”.

An outpouring and pledging of continued support from filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and friends sparked new ideas for the 2012 festival. The IBFFN staff and team of over 100 volunteers will now work to keep the momentum going and launch IBFFN’s first online film festival, accessible within the IBFFN website. This newly added platform, open to all audiences, will expand the IBFFN experience, enabling diverse audiences from all over the world to securely view independent films from around the globe from the comfort of one’s home, classroom, office or mobile device.

The full festival will return in 2013 and feature an engaging lineup of films, industry workshops and networking opportunities, right here in Nashville, TN. The online festival will also be kept as a part of festival programming. Fundraisers and a host of engaging screenings and special events will be he held in anticipation of the 2013 festival. If you would like to be a donor for special events and/or the 2013 festival please contact us via email at info@ibffnashville.com.

Please visit our website for regular updates atwww.ibffnashville.com

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About International Black Film Festival Nashville

Our mission is “Through the art of film, we celebrate the richness, diversity and creativity of storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progression, and education of communities worldwide.”

The International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN), established in 2006, 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. With “Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFFN strives to ensure 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.

The festival is made possible in part with the continued support of The Film House, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, One Village Entertainment, Comcast, HCA-Tri-Star, The Tennessee Arts Commission, The TN Film, Entertainment and Music Commission and The Screen Actors Guild. With the support of our corporate partners, the community and its leadership the International Black Film Festival of Nashville is on course to becoming one of the top festivals in the country.

 

 

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