2019 Black Femme Supremacy Festival
The BFS Film Fest centers Black Femme filmmakers and re-envisions the Black Femme as a global protagonist, empowering their stories through film.
August 30 - September 1, 2019
The 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest is proud to return for its second year. This year’s festival will feature over 50 films including narratives, documentaries, music videos, web series, experimental films, and more! The BFS Film Fest takes place over three days (Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st) at the SNF Parkway Theatre at Charles Street and North Avenue.
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The BFS Film Fest centers Black Femme filmmakers and re-envisions the Black Femme as a global protagonist, empowering their stories through film. In addition to screening films that face systemic barriers of sexism, racism, and classism, BFS Film Fest strives to foster an intentional community of filmmakers and film-lovers alike.
The theme of the festival this year is Access. Festival programs will elaborate on subjects such as Access to Power, Access to Guidance, and Access to Love. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature a shorts program dedicated to Baltimore-made films, including B. Monet’s documentary Ballet After Dark and Antonio Hernadez’s documentary Indelible: Abdu Ali.
Friday’s Opening Night will feature Numa Perrier’s acclaimed film Jezebel.
Saturday’s programs include Mariama Diallo’s horror-comedy Hair Wolf and Iyabo Boyd’s surreal and introspective Me Time, as well as a Pitch Competition for up-and-coming filmmakers.
Sunday’s programs include Tchaiko Omawale’s coming-of-age feature Solace and Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel’s Happy Birthday Marsha, a documentary about the iconic transgender artist and activist Marsha Johnson and her life in the hours before she ignited the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.
A ten year documentation on the life of Elem Silva, a young black woman who started her own Samba Reggae band as a child.
A teenager on the cusp of college is sent to live with her estranged grandmother on the other side of the country after her father’s death.
Shining a light on As Pastoras, the samba chorus singers of the Samba school of Portela, as they secure the legacy and future of samba music.
What are all the ways we define Blackness, who gets to claim that title, and why? One of two flagship shorts programs of the 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival.
Who gets to call themselves feminine, and who has had to fight for the title? One of two flagship shorts programs of the 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival.
A shorts program of the 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, glimpsing into what could happen when black femme filmmakers are given access to Genre.
A shorts program of the 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, these films question “love” and how much it costs the black femme to access it.
A shorts program of the 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, these films are about access to parental guidance or the lack thereof.
A shorts program of the 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival, these films are about all the ways black femmes grapple with power, or the lack thereof in their lives.
From emerging auteurs to first timers filmmakers, this block is full of Baltimore based talent. A shorts program of the 2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival.