International Black Women's Film Festival

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In 2001, Adrienne M. Anderson established the International Black Women’s Film Festival in the City and County of San Francisco, California. She established the festival as an educational and charitable nonprofit and it was originally fiscally-sponsored by the (now defunct) Blue Nile Lotuses, Incorporated, a San Francisco fraternal organization and charity.

The first festival was presented November 8 to November 24, 2002, in San Francisco, CA, at the Delancey Street screening room at 600 Embarcadero Street in San Francisco's South Beach area. The first festival was founded and organized by Adrienne M. Anderson and co-organized with entrepreneur Robin Bates who is the founder and CEO of Café de la Soul and La Jolie Noire Media, and co-founder of Black Paris Divas. George Lucas donated to the inaugural festival in 2002. The opening films of the inaugural festival were a short called FUNERAL AT THE SAMBA SCHOOL (Gurufim Na Mangueira) (2002) by director Dandara and the feature-length documentary NOBODY KNOWS MY NAME (1999) by filmmaker Rachel Raimist.


The International Black Women’s Film Festival screens media by and/or about Black women from around the world in non-stereotypical, non-pornographic roles. IBWFF combats negative stereotyping of Black women in film, television and media. To date, the festival has screened over 400 films from five continents, including films from the following countries: United States, Brazil, Canada, France, South Africa, United Kingdom, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe. Accepted films genres are: Short films, documentaries, feature films, animation, and experimental films.


In 2009, the festival was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle[1] and in 2012 the San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Post[2] and interview with radio host Wanda Saabir on Wanda's Picks.[3]

Special Appearances & Panels[edit]

The International Black Women's Film Festival includes Filmmaker Q&A sessions, special appearances, gala openings, and premiere screenings.

Panels & Events[edit]

  • Meetup and screening of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, opening night, July 2012
  • “Flip the Script: How to Define & Control the Black Image Through Casting” – Western Addition Branch, Panelists: Velina Brown and Kathleen Antonia (San Francisco Public Library)
  • “Can Hip-Hop be an Agent for Positive Change?” – San Francisco Main Library, Panelists: Sonia McDaniel, Tossie Long, Jason “Trackademics” Valerio, & Naru Kwina
  • “Filtered Lens: Art as Film and the Black Image” - San Francisco Main Library, Panelists: Carolina Moraes-Liu & Shy Pacheco Hamilton
  • THE NEXT DAY, Filmmaker Q&A, Panelists: Al Robbins & DeAnna Dawn
  • THE UNFORGIVING MINUTE, Filmmaker Q&A, Panelists: Octavia Spencer, Kelly Shipe-Vasconcelos & Devin Badgett
  • SOLILOQUY, Panelists: Jacques Zanetti & Lillian Benson
  • LOVE TAKES TIME, Panelists: Melvina & Jaylani Roberts

Special Appearances[edit]

  • Josh Penn, Producer (Beasts of the Southern Wild - USA, dir. Benh Zeitlin)
  • Al Robbins, Actor & Director (The Next Day - USA, dir. Al Robbins)],
  • Carolina Moraes Liu(Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê & Festive Land - Brazil, dir. Carolina Moraes-Liu)
  • Deanna Dawn, Actor (The Next Day - USA, dir. Al Robbins)
  • Devin Badgett, Actor (The Unforgiving Minute - USA, dir. Octavia Spencer)
  • Jacques Zanetti, Director (New York 45 & Soliloquy - USA, dir. Jacques Zanetti)
  • Jaylani Roberts, Actor (Love Takes Time - USA, dir. Melvina)
  • Jason “Trackademicks” Valerio, Musician, Rapper & Producer (Panelist: "Can Hip-Hop Serve as an Agent for Positive Change?")
  • Kathleen Antonia, Actor & Director (Getting Played - USA, dir. Kathleen Antonia)
  • Kelly Shipe Vasconcelos (The Unforgiving Minute - USA, dir. Octavia Spencer)
  • Lillian Benson, Director & Editor (Soliloquy & All Our Sons - USA, dir. Lillian Benson)
  • Melvina, Director (Love Takes Time - USA, dir. Melvina)
  • Naru Kwina, Musician & Rapper (Panelist: "Can Hip-Hop Serve as an Agent for Positive Change?")
  • Octavia Spencer, Actor & Director (The Unforgiving Minute - USA, dir. Octavia Spencer)
  • Shy Pacheco Hamilton, Director (A Little Bit Colored a Little Bit White & Irony of a Negro Policeman - USA, dir. Shy Pacheco Hamilton)
  • Sonia McDaniel, Educator (Panelist: "Can Hip-Hop Serve as an Agent for Positive Change?")
  • Stacey Larkins, Director (In Search of Consonance - USA, dir. Stacey Larkins)
  • Sylvia D. Hamilton, Director (Portia White: Think on Me - Canada, dir. Sylvia Hamilton)
  • Tossie Long, Singer, Dancer & Actress (Panelist: "Can Hip-Hop Serve as an Agent for Positive Change?")
  • Velina Brown, Actor (Milk - USA, dir. Gus Van Sant and Bee Season - USA, dirs. Scott McGehee, David Siegel )
  • Venus de Milo Thomas(Did I Wake You? - USA, dir. Venus de Milo Thomas)

Previously Screened Films at the Festival[edit]

An asterisk "*" denotes a premiere

  • *A Conversation with Mrs. Carter (USA) – Documentary, Short, dir. Lillian Anderson
  • *A Funeral at the Samba School (Brazil) – Short, dir. Dandara
  • *A Touch of Tutelage (USA) – Short, dir. Thea St. Omer
  • *Bessie’s Blues (USA) – Short
  • *Calypso Rose: Lioness of the Jungle (Trinidad/France/USA) – Documentary, Feature, dir. Pascale Obolo
  • *Can’t Let Go (USA) – Short
  • *Cruzeiro (Brazil) – Documentary, Feature, dir. Patricia Maresch
  • *Daughter of Fortune (USA) - Short, dir. Dawn Kamoche
  • *Dreams of a Life (U.K./Ireland) - Feature, dir. Carol Morley
  • *Duka’s Dilemma (Ethiopia) – Documentary, Feature, dir. Jean Lydall and Kaira Strecker
  • *Echo at 11 Oak Drive (USA) - Feature, dir. Crystle Waters
  • *Houna & Manny (USA) – Short, dir. Jared Katsiane
  • *In Search of Consonance (USA) – Comedy, Feature, Stacey Larkins
  • *Jackie (USA) – Short,
  • *Kuvuka Daraja (Crossing the Bridge) (Tanzania/USA) – Short, dir. Violet Senderai
  • *Love Takes Time (USA) – Feature, dir. Melvina
  • *Mind Wars (USA) – Short
  • *Of Mary (U.K.) – Short, dir. Adrian Lester
  • *Portia White: Think on Me (Canada) – Feature, Documentary, dir. Sylvia Hamilton
  • *Preying on the Hunter (USA) – Feature, dir. Andrea J. Smith
  • *Skeleton (USA) – Short, dir. Kortney Ryan
  • *The Hands (USA) – Short, dir. Charise Studesville
  • *The Happiest Day (USA) – Short, Horror, dir. Kimberly Holt
  • *The Meeting (Greenland) – Feature, Documentary, dir. Ruth Montgomery
  • *The Next Day (USA) – Feature, dir. Al Robbins
  • *Women Surviving the System (USA) – Short
  • A Single Rose (USA) – Short
  • A Testament of Karma (USA) – Short, Horror, dir. Alessandra Pinkston
  • Birth of Bardo (USA) – Short, Experimental, dir. Adia Millet
  • Black Orpheus (Brazil) – Feature, dir. Marcel Camus
  • Blue Covers (USA) – Short, dir. Indira Allegra
  • Call for Back-Up (USA) – Short, Comedy, dir. Tiffany Black
  • Carmin’s Choice (USA) – Short, dir. Monice Mitchell
  • Chrysalis (USA) – Short
  • Claudia Makes a Difference (USA) – Short
  • Critter Island (USA) – Short, Animation
  • Def Dance Jam (USA) – Short, Documentary, dir. Sy J. Abudu
  • Destiny (Canada) – Short
  • Did I Wake You? (USA) – Short
  • Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ile Aiye (Brazil) – Feature, Documentary, dir. Carolina Moraes-Liu
  • First Cut (USA) – Short
  • Ganja & Hess (USA) - Feature, dir. Bill Gunn
  • Get Down (USA) – Short
  • Good Hair (USA) – Short
  • Hair Daze (USA) – Short
  • Hair Stories (USA) – Short
  • Half of a Yellow Sun (Nigeria/U.K.) - Feature
  • Harriet Returns (USA) – Short
  • Holiday (USA) – Short
  • Hollywood Shuffle (USA) – Short, dir. Robert Townsend
  • Illuminations, Vol. 2 (USA) – Short
  • In Our Heads About Our Hair (USA) – Feature, Documentary
  • In Search of Consonance (USA) – Feature, dir. Stacey Larkins
  • Irony of a Negro Policeman AKA Roll Call (USA) – Short, ExperimentalJacob’s Sound (USA) – Short, dir. Shy Pacheco Hamilton
  • Karmen Gei (Senegal) – Feature, Musical, dir. Joseph Gai Ramaka
  • Kissed by the Devil (USA) – Short
  • Knock, Knock; Who’s There? (USA) – Short
  • Lipology (USA) – Short
  • Mama Africa (Burkina Faso, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe) – Shorts
  • Man Made (USA) – Short
  • Maple (Canada) – Short
  • Memoirs of a Black Latina (USA) – Feature, Experimental, dir. Crystal S. Roman
  • Mother & Daughter (USA) – Short
  • My Escape with BIKO the Balloon Deity (USA) – Short, dir. Devin Cain
  • Nappy (USA) – Short
  • New York 45 (USA) – Feature, Documentary, Experimental, dir. Jacques Zanetti
  • Nobody Knows My Name (USA) – Feature, Documentary, dir. Rachel Raimist
  • Portrait of a Film Extra (United Kingdom) – Short
  • Promised Land (South Africa) – Feature, Documentary, dir. Yoruba Richen
  • Quase Todo Dia/Almost Everyday (Brazil) – Short
  • Rain (USA) – Short
  • Ravishing Raspberry (USA) – Short, Animation
  • Rebel in the Soul (USA) – Short
  • Rendez-vous (Canada) – Short
  • Rize (USA) – Documentary
  • Say My Name (USA) – Feature, Documentary
  • Secrets (USA) – Short
  • Severed Souls (USA) – Short
  • Silence (USA) – Short
  • Skin Quilt Project (USA) – Feature, Documentary
  • Soliloquy (USA/France) – Feature
  • Special Day (USA) – Short
  • Stomping on the Devil’s Head (Dominican Republic/USA) – Feature, Documentary
  • Strike! (USA) – Short
  • Sushi (USA) – Short
  • Tears of a Swamp Fox (USA) – Short
  • The Actual Importance (of Being Somewhat Earnest) (USA) – Short
  • The Becoming Box (USA) – Short
  • The Letter (USA) – Short
  • The Unforgiving Minute (USA) – Short
  • The Vineyard (USA) – Short
  • The Wiz (USA) – Feature, Musical
  • Traces (Canada) – Short
  • Two Bodies (USA) – Short
  • Vivian (USA) – Short
  • When Spirits Dance Mambo (Puerto Rico/USA) – Short, Documentary, dir. Dr. Marta Moreno Vega
  • White Sugar in a Black Pot (USA) – Short


  1. ^ Hartlaub, Peter (July 10, 2009). "Black Women's Film Festival set to return". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. ^ Dryver, Aneesah (July 12, 2012). "International Black Women's Film Festival". The Oakland Post.
  3. ^ Sabir, Wanda. "Wanda's Picks". Wanda's Picks. Blog Talk Radio.