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IBFFN Takes a New Direction for 2012

October 1, 2012ivyNews, Press ReleasesComments Off on IBFFN Takes a New Direction for 2012

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

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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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