By Tonya R. Richardson
The Wilmington Black Film Festival, taking place from February 26th to 28th 2016, is a celebration presented by the City of Wilmington of cinema inspired by the African American experience. The festival will be held in downtown Wilmington in Delaware’s only independent film theater, Theatre N, and will offer a wide array of engaging programming, including short and feature-length films, networking events, panels, workshops and artist talks. The festival presents the work of local and national storytellers and filmmakers that entertain, educate, inspire, and communicate past and present Black American cultural themes to not only citizens of Wilmington but to people across the entire region.
Celebrating the creativity of African American filmmakers, including actors, producers, directors and other industry professionals, has been one of the driving motivations behind the efforts of the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs in organizing this unique event. New and developing African American filmmakers will have the opportunity to present their work to the community, and will be just one example of the many diverse offerings celebrating Black History Month around the city.
Mayor Dennis P. Williams encourages all Wilmingtonians, film enthusiasts, artists, and fans of these films to enjoy the festival. “Because of Theatre N and our generous sponsors – Cityfest, Inc., The Kenny Family Foundation, The Delaware Contemporary, LuxiaSuites Rodney Square, Veritas Wine & Craft Beer Shop, and Peligroso Tequila – the City of Wilmington is able to thoughtfully approach subjects and engage in conversations prompted by the art of film. We look forward to well-attended, lively dialogues with both the panelists and the public.”
To learn more about the films that will be presented at the 2016 Wilmington Black Film Festival and to purchase tickets, visit: www.cityfestwilm.com/blackfilmfestival/
To learn more about Theatre N, the city’s only independent film cinema, visit: http://theatren.net