Welcome to the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, Seattle. We are based at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in the historic Central District neighborhood. This announcements-only blog presents news , program updates, and comments on the annual April event, special partnerships, and future screenings including the fall/winter Underground Railroad Film Series. Additional information about this event is available here: www.langstonblackfilmfest.org
OPEN CALL FOR FILMS
The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, 2010 – Seattle, Washington USA CALL FOR WORK: the April 17-25, 2010 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, an annual presentation of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in Seattle, Washington, USA invites independent film entries of any length. Genres/subject areas: narrative, documentary, children's, youth-made movies, shorts, lesbian/gay/transgender, animation, experimental. Filmmakers do
not have to be Black, but films should include a significant amount of content involving people of African descent. Films are reviewed by a jury process. Entry fee: $25 USD; please make checks payable to "LHPAC". Please include a postage paid envelope if you want your work returned. All preview copies must be marked with your name and contact information. A $50 honorarium is paid for films accepted and screened. You will be notified by email if your film is accepted. Please notify us if you
have simultaneously submitted your film to other Seattle-area festivals.
Please send preview copies in NTSC format on DVD. Films originating in languages other
than English must have English subtitles. Mailing address: LHAAFF, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 104 - 17th Avenue South,
Seattle WA 98144 USA. An entry form is available here:
Call for Papers: Directory of World Cinema: Africa (deadline: n.d.)
Intellect Books (Bristol) is launching the Directory of World Cinema, which aims to bring a new, accessible dimension to the academic study of film. The Directory of World Cinema: Africa will provide an insight into the cinema of many African countries through reviews of significant films and case studies of leading directors, alongside explorations of the cultural and industrial motivations of key themes and genres.
Contributions will be first posted on a website and later collated into a hard copy version, to be updated every second or third year. The first edition will attempt to apprehend African reality in self-representation. Chapter headings will address the changing public sphere, Africans at work (including the rapport to money and the economic and political role of women), multiple aspects of migration (rural exodus, economic migration, refugees, diasporas), culture and religion, magic, representation of children, the choice of music and languages, symbolic representation. The films from the different regions, which are usually defined by their official languages (anglophone, francophone, lusophone), will be entered under the selected themes or genres subheadings in order to avoid the partition between the linguistic regions. New genres (TV films and series, African made documentaries, musicals, independently produced films etc.) are welcome.
Interested people can contribute film reviews in English or French (800 words or more) or longer essays (in English) on a theme, genre or a representative director. There is no remuneration for contributors. The rewards will be exposure and a free copy of the volume.