Registration for the First Annual Las Vegas Black Film Festival, which will be held at the SunCoast Hotel & Casino from April 17 – 20, 2014, officially kicked off a few weeks ago on July 15th. Primarily organized to celebrate the works of black filmmakers worldwide, the festival will highlight feature films, documentaries, short films, screenwriters and aspiring actors. In addition to presenting a cinematic showcase, the LVBFF plans to offer workshops, talent competitions, seminars, panel discussions and symposiums.
Founded by Ms. Michelle, who is often referred to as The First Lady of Gospel Theatre, it is her intention to create an event that will highlight the talent of Black Filmmakers while delivering energy and excitement to up and coming African Americans. Joining her in this endeavor as part of the festival’s staff are: Legal Consultant, Greg Edwards; Programming Director, Ladonna Jackson; Production Executive, Deborah Brown; Community Affairs Specialist, Mervin Alexander; Public Relations Executive, Danielle King; Media Tech, Marlon Robinson and Production Assistant, Marvin Brown.
So far the LVBFF’s schedule of events include: an opening night kickoff and Orange Carpet Pre-Show event on Thursday, April 17th beginning at 5pm followed by a screening of the Founder’s Premiere Film “Good Ground” and cast Q&A. On Friday, April 18th there will be a ScreenACTOR’s Camp, Distribution Workshop, Screenwriters MASTER Class, Actors Showdown, and High Rollers Pitch Fest. The Film Competitions for Shorts, Features, Documentaries and Webisodes are scheduled for Saturday, April 19th inside the Century Theaters and then there will be a Closing Champagne Brunch and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 20th. The festival also plans to honor Angela Bassett, Tyler Perry, Regina King and Bishop T.D. Jakes during the event.