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Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival

September 11-13, 2020

Baltimore, MD

The Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest is grassroots endeavor to connect Black Femmes throughout the African diaspora through the medium of film. The film and media industry has been historically centered around white males. This festival encourages filmmakers who are on the margins to come together and find community within ourselves. We want to re-envision the Black Femme as a global protagonist and universal archetype.

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Pier Kids
85 min Documentary, LGBTQ Directed by Elegance Bratton

Opening our festival is Elegance Bratton's revered documentary PIER KIDS: a poetic glance into the life of Krystal Labeija and her friends seeking shelter and stability on the west side of Manhattan. Played alongside short film BLACK BUTTERFLY.

Anatomy of Wings
85 min Coming-of-Age, Documentary Directed by Nikiea Redmond, Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander

Closing off our 2020 festival is a documentary spanning multiple years, made in our home of Baltimore. ANATOMY OF WINGS is an emotional masterpiece of young girls blossoming into women through their support system and after school program, Wings. Short film LOVE, AVA graces the screen before the film. 

Defining Black
75 min

Every year we select short films that we feel redefine what it means to be “Black.” These selected short films speak to being Black in 2020.

Naufraga directed by Juh Almeida
Tipsy Talk directed by Alexandra Ibarra, Amber Washington, Ian Wagner, Jacob Wyscaver, and Xander Elmore
The Walk Home directed by Kendra Brown
Omobinrin Mi (My Daughters) directed by Ife Oluwamuyide and Claudia Owusu
It's a Little Complicated directed by M. Emeraude Domingos-Mbuku
Sasha & Condi directed by Lucretia Stinnette
They Say I'm Your Teacher directed by Catherine Murphy, Lucy Massie Phenix

Defining Femme
91 min

Every year we select short films that we feel redefine what it means to be “femme.” These 8 short films speak to what being a femme in 2020 feels like.

Breathe (Neefso) directed by Aisha Jama
Trans of Thought directed by Brittony Mckenny
Tori directed by Eric Cotten
in the shadows directed by Charmaine Bingwa
Mamas directed by Taja Sparks
Divina Gracia (Divine Grace) directed by Ana Paula Teixeira
Facão (Machete) directed by Camila Hepplin
MeMaw directed by Zanah Thirus

Legacy of Beauty
51 min

Beauty is currency, and for the black femme somedays are plentiful while others may feel sparse. These short ponder the way aesthetic informs the lived realities of the black femme.

safehouse directed by Ariella Tai
Wash Day directed by Kourtney Jackson
PICK directed by Alicia Harris
Kinky directed by Tayana Brumaire
Creating Looks directed by Stephanie Crawford
In Praise of the Shadow directed by Effy Kawira

Legacy of Black Magic
84 min

Black Girl Magic is given a variety of meanings in this shorts block program. Watch these Black Femmes use what they got to get what they need.

The Lobbyists directed by Thomas Pace
B.G.K directed by Blayre Pichon
EQ directed by Bashi Rose
The Kall directed by Barbara Mamabolo
Pigment directed by Henrietta Biayemi
The Black Baptism directed by Stephanie Diane Ford
Herald of Blue directed by Jacqueline CJ Barnes

Legacy of Righteous Anger
84 min

Being perceived as an “Angry Black Woman” keeps certain Black femmes from expressing valid emotions. What happens when the anger is revered instead of suppressed

Keep Your Flowers directed by Sekou Browne
Sweet Rind directed by Andre Wynter
Omi directed by Vatora Godwin
Suicide By Sunlight directed by Niyatu
Combust by Tyler Washington
Rising Power: Building an Intersectional Justice Movement in the United States directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Legacy of the Craft
85 min

What matters more, the relationship you have with your loved ones or the one you have with your art practice? These shorts grapple with what happens when given the chance to revisit past dreams, having to temporarily pause them in the middle of a pandemic and making it happen despite the obstacles.

Mothering in Quarantine: Episode 1 directed by Kyisha Williams
BackBurner Dreams directed by Brenda Hayes
Southside Suplex directed by Antonio Hernandez
Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell directed by Cintia Cabib

Legacy of the WAP
71 min

To be femme, Black and horny… These shorts explore a space that’s not quite love, not necessarily romance, but certainly lust.

Tender directed by Felicia Pride
Sex is a God Thing directed by Zarinah Ali
Drip Like Coffee directed by Anaiis Cisco
"Friends" directed by Joy Lamont-Smith
So What Happens Next? directed by Sokhna Samb

Pier Kids Q+A
Friday, Sep 4, 2020
7:30pm - 8:30pm

Live Q+A with the filmmakers and cast. Moderated by Emani Castillo.

All events are Eastern Time.

Defining Femme Q+A
Saturday, Sep 5, 2020
11:30am - 12:30pm

A live Q+A with the filmmakers featured in the Defining Femme block and BFSFF’s very own programmer Samah Ali of Sisterhood Media.

All events are Eastern Time.

Legacy of Righteous Anger Q+A
Saturday, Sep 5, 2020
2:50pm - 3:50pm

A live post screening Q+A with filmmakers, moderated by BFSFF Advisory Board Member Hannah K. Moore.

All events are Eastern Time.

Legacy of the WAP Q+A
Saturday, Sep 5, 2020
5:10pm - 6:10pm

Post screening Q+A with activist Samantha Master and filmmakers immediately after screening.

All events are Eastern Time.

Legacy of Beauty Q+A
Saturday, Sep 5, 2020
8:05pm - 9:05pm

Live Q+A with filmmakers to start at 8:05 on Saturday night moderated by Mariam Hersi.

All events are Eastern Time.

Defining Black Q+A
Sunday, Sep 6, 2020
11:15am - 12:15pm

Live Q+A with the filmmakers and moderator Nana Afua Yeboaa Brantuo.

All events are Eastern Time.

Legacy of the Craft Q+A
Sunday, Sep 6, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Live Q+A afterwards with filmmakers and moderator Sheila Gaskins.

All events are Eastern Time.

Legacy of Black Magic Q+A
Sunday, Sep 6, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Live Q+A afterwards with filmmakers and moderator Angela N. Carroll. Sign language interpreter will be available.

All events are Eastern Time.

Anatomy of Wings Q+A
Sunday, Sep 6, 2020
9:30pm - 10:30pm

Live Q+A with filmmakers, cast members and BFSFF founder Nia Hampton.

All events are Eastern Time.

Corwdfunding to Build Independence
Monday, Sep 14, 2020
2:30pm - 3:00pm

Join Seed&Spark's head of education, Christina Raia for this can't-miss Crowdfunding to Build Independence workshop, completely online, to learn: Why audience building is essential for a film career (and crowdfunding). How to define, find, talk to and grow your audience. How to prepare for a successful crowdfunding campaign (including goal, incentives and communication plan). Why staged financing might be right for you.

All event times are Easten Time.

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