A Guide To The 2019 International Black Film Festival


The 2019 International Black Film Festival will take place from October 3 to October 6 right here in Nashville! The events will be spread throughout Watkins College of Art and Belmont University. Check out our guide to the festival and go support some familiar faces. 


1. Over 40+ movies and documentary will be screened – 1-2 sentences highlight the Opening Night Screening of Black + Blue plus Opening Night Reception at 505 Nashville. Friday, Foster Boy will be screened which Shaquille (Shaq) O’Neal is one of the producers and stars Louis Gossett, Jr. Saturday, The Past Is Prologue, a nashville civil rights documentary also featured in this year’s Urbaanite Nashville Guide will be screened. You can learn more about their story by purchasing our latest guide.


2. This is the 14th year of International Black Film Festival founded by Hazel Joyner Smith with her daughters, Ingrid Brown and Ivy Brown.


3. Real Conversations with Celebrity Casting Agent – Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd. Celebrity Ambassadors Gabrielle Dennis and Woody “The Great” McClain (aka Whitney + Bobby from The Bobby Brown Story;) will be guest speakers.


4. Filmmakers Breakfast with David White, National Executive Director of SAG (Screen Actors Guild) at Fisk University. Davide is the First African American to hold this position.

5. Workshops, Panels and Networking for inspiration and to get business done. Attend the many workshops, panels, mixers and more at this year’s International Black Film Festival. There will be a Masterclass with the Deon Taylor (insert hyperlink) at TSU on Friday, the director of opening film Black + Blue, Fast Pitch (insert link to flyer), where you can present your latest project, live and in person to a panel of industry executives, plus Our Cultural Economy (insert link to flyer), a discussion on the economic impact of black founded businesses and events on Nashville’s economy, including Urbaanite Editor, Ashley Lawal.


October 3

Master Class with Director Deon Taylor

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Strange Performing Arts Center

Opening Night Indie Short: The Talk

7:15 pm to 7:25 pm

The Johnson Center. Belmont University

Opening Night Feature Film: Black and Blue

7:30 pm to 9:15 pm The Johnson Center, Belmont University Ticket: $12

October 4

Technology Game Changers For Content Creators

9:00 am to 11:00 am

Watkins College of Art

Ticket: $20

Our Cultural Economy: The Economic Impact of Black-Founded Businesses and Events on Nashville’s Economy

11:30 am to 12:45 pm Watkins College of Art Ticket: $20

The Perfect Score: Creating Powerful Scenes With Music

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Johnson Center, Belmont University

Ticket: $20

Real Conversations with Celebrity Casting Agent Tracy Byrd featuring celebrity actors Gabrielle Dennis and Woody McClain

6:15 pm to 7:15 pm Watkins College of Art Ticket: $20

Center Stage Indie Short: Skin I’m In

8:15 pm to 8:20 pm

The Johnson Center, Belmont University 

Center Stage Feature Film: Foster Boy

8:20 pm to 10:30 pm

The Johnson Center, Belmont University

Ticket: $12

October 5

The Past Is Prologue: Cameron Class Of 1969

Check out this Urbaanite City Guide featured film on Saturday, October 5 during the Short Suite 2 series from 10am to 12pm at Watkins College of Art. Ticket: $12

To learn more about this film, read “South Nashville In Our Bones” in the 2019 Urbaanite City Guide available for purchase here.

Crossing From Indie To Commercial Production 

9:30 am to 10:30 am

Watkins College of Art

Creating Binge-Worthy Content and Securing A Deal

11:00 am to 12;00 pm

Watkins College of Art

Spotlight Indie Short: Loreen’s Gotta Boogie

7:45 pm to 8:00 pm

The Johnson Center, Belmont University 

October 6 

Sounds of Cinema Live: A Gospel Journey Through Film

4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Watkins College of Art

Ticket: $10

Indie Film Competitions

Friday 12pm to 6pm Saturday 10am to 6pm Sunday 11am to 2pm Watkins College of Art


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