HONOLULU AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
The history of the Honolulu African American Film Festival is one which every charter member is proud. In 2010 the former Executive Director of the museum initiated the festival in response to concerns from Honolulu's Black community that the Museum lacked art by local or national African American artists. We are forever grateful to civil rights activist Faye Kennedy and noted artist John Nichols for their willingness to tackle race issues in Hawaii.
The Duke Theatre curator Gina Caruso created a committee to initiate a film festival whose mission then, as it remains today, is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural diaspora. The committee itself is comprised of amazing shakers and movers on Oahu: Ethan Caldwell, Akiemi Glenn, Marsha McFadden, John Nichols, Sandra Simms, Dame Tadia Rice, Daphne Barbee Wooten, and Sharon Yarbrough.
The Honolulu African American Film Festivals showcase a diverse collection of films from around the world - all reinforcing positive images and dispelling negative stereotypes, providing a platform for Black filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors to present their art. Emerging talents and established artists are able to contribute to the cinematic legacy of African Americans.
Every year we have sold out our premier galas, and every year we have another remarkable line-up of great films that entertain, inform, and educate the public about people, communities, and issues of importance to not only the black community but the greater world. Whether the films, and sometimes live theatre or speakers are American or from other countries, all content is relevant to the often universal stories that impact all people everywhere.
The Honolulu African American Film Festival provides a platform for Black filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors to present their art. Emerging talents and established artists are able to contribute to the cinematic legacy of African Americans. We accept submissions from filmmakers around the world who are of African descent, as well as others, who cinematically represent the African Diaspora. If interested contact Taylour Chang at [email protected]