October 24, 2011



Immediate Release


BROOKLYN, NY (October 24, 2011) – The 4th Annual Queer Black Cinema Festival, presented by Our Stories Productions, has announced honors of the The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award, The Isaac Julien Experimental Award, Audience Choice Award for best short and Centerpiece Award. In honor of QBC 5th Anniversary, special awards goes to pioneer filmmaker, Patrik-Ian Polk, community activist: Desmond Yvonne, Kim Ford, D. Meredith, Damal Edmond and organizations: Astrea Lesbian Foundation, MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, Gay Men of African Descent and The Audre Lord Project.  The three-day festival was held October 21-23 at the Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus in the Spike Lee Screening Room and concluded yesterday with an awards dinner. QBC Film Festival, which screened 11 films this year, is New York’s longest standing Black LGBT film festival.

The 4th Annual Queer Black Cinema Festival honors are:

The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award

Shadows Behind The Rainbow directed and produced by Je-Shawna Wholley, Cyncere White, Moriah Thomas and Moriah Thomas

The Isaac Julien Experimental Award

Bones written and directed by Be Steadwell

Audience Choice Award (best short)

Slow written and directed by Darius Clark Monroe

Centerpiece Award

Finding Me Truth written and directed by Roger Omeus Jr., produced by Sontaia Briggs

Honorable Mention

Say My Name written by Kofi Kofi

Punch Me written and directed by Robert X. Golphine


QBC 5th Year Anniversary Special Honors

Patrik-Ian Polk, Award-winning filmmaker of Punks, Noah’s Arc, The Skinny

Desmond Yvonne

Kim Ford

D. Meredith, Director of Out Music

Damal Edmond, Director of Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture

The Audre Lord Project

Astraea Lesbian Foundation

MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival

Gay Men of African Descent

About Queer Black Cinema Festival

Queer Black Cinema Festival, created by Angel L. Brown in 2008 is an Avant-garde film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. The three-day festival consists of showcasing the work of both gay and straight award-winning filmmakers of African descent groundbreaking films. The festival also includes industry base panel discussions and workshops, great networking social events and parties, closing with an Award ceremony, honoring officially selected film makers.


QBC Festival is an entity of Queer Black Cinema Institute founded by Angel L. Brown. For more info on the project including volunteering, interning or donating log on to: | |  | | facebook

This project is fiscally operated under 501 c3 non-profit organizations Gay Men of African Descent and MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, with past financial support from Astraea Lesbian Foundation, GMAD, QBC advance ticket holder audience members and supporters like you!


About Our Stories Productions

Our Stories Productions, LLC is an independent multimedia production company which produces stories in search of truth and spirituality through various mediums. The mission is to enlighten the world by re-introducing experiences from the African Diaspora from a distinct, unconventional perspective, aiming to collapse generations of silence, isms and stereotypes.

2011 CALL FOR FILMS – Queer Black Cinema Festival (NYC)

June 7, 2011



SKYPE: QueerBlackCinema



New York, NY– (June 2011) The 2011 Queer Black Cinema Festival announces the call for entries for dramatic and documentary feature-length films, short films and web-based series. Submission forms are available for download at the official Queer Black Cinema Institute website The 2011 Queer Black Cinema Festival will be held mid October with screenings in New York, NY. Queer Black Cinema Festival is the longest standing film festival about the Black LGBT experience in New York and on the East Coast. This is Queer Black Cinema Institute 5th Anniversary, a celebratory multi-media exhibit of 500 photos and video will take place throughout the duration of the 4th Annual international festival.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2010 Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival are:

  • July 30, 2011 – FINAL DEADLINE (ALL FILMS)

Completed U.S. and international feature-length, short films and web-based films may be submitted and must arrive in the QBC Post Box by July 30, 2011 for consideration.

Queer Black Cinema Festival accepts film/video submissions produced, written/directed and/or produced by filmmakers both gay and straight of African descent in the U.S and internationally.  Films must be LGBTQ themed, highlighting Black LGBTQ characters in leading roles and key supporting roles that are seen in non-stereotypical light, fore-fronting the significance of Black-on-Black LGBTQ relationships, preserve the culture and history through in-depth storytelling. More than half of the key crew positions must be filled by people who identify as a person of color on a daily basis.

All films submitted are eligible for the Audience Choice Award. Selected films are eligible for The Cheryl Dunye First Womyn Award – awarding two award-winning women filmmakers either for outstanding producing, screenwriting, editing and/or directing; The Isaac Julien Experimental Award – awarding a filmmaker with work that is creative out of the box experimental style of filmmaking and The E Lynn Harris Living The Dream Literary Award given to a published out Black LGBTQ author.

All films are eligible for QBC film series special year-round programming. Some works not officially selected for the Annual film festival may still be considered for QBC film series special programming.

The submission form and complete information regarding eligibility and entry rules for the 2011 Queer Black Cinema Festival are available on the Festival website at  You may also e-mail questions to Subject: Festival 2011. Be sure to include the subject or  your email may get delected due to spam box.

Queer Black Cinema Festival

Founded by Angel L. Brown in 2007/8,Queer Black Cinema Festival is a progressive socially conscious film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. The Annual festival provide a platform for both gay and straight filmmakers of African descent an opportunity to display their film work.. The four-day festival consists of not only groundbreaking films but also industry lead panel discussions including BLK !nk:  the opened ended Film & Book Market. The Festival takes place mid October and plays a key role in the success of Queer Black Cinema Institute programming throughout the year. The official Website of the Queer Black Cinema Festival is

Queer Black Cinema Institute

Founded by Angel L. Brown in 2006, Queer Black Cinema Institute is the home of QBC, New York’s first and Only Black LGBTQ monthly micro-cinema series and annual international film festival. QBCI’s mission is dedicated to showcasing independent narrative and documentary works by and about U.S. and international progressive Black LGBTQ filmmakers. We are a socially conscious organization that uses films to create dialogue to address homophobia, alarming health issues and many others, “taboo” issues relating to the Black LGBTQ experiences. We provide an online resource to Black LGBTQ theme films and their makers as well as support LGBTQ youth of color emerging producers. In-addition, we screen and promote all people of color artist trailers and original music.

QBC film series formally took place once a month/quartile at various locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. The Annual four-day International Film Festival takes place  in Harlem, NY Mid October. All are welcome to attend regardless of their sexual orientation, race or gender. We aim to entertain, enlighten and educate through our niche programming.

Queer Black Cinema Institute created by Angel L. Brown is now a hub for various QBC projects since 2006: QBC College Film Tour (A traveling exhibition of Black queer short films creating an open dialogue about the Black LGBT experience), QBC Classics (re-introducing pioneer filmmakers and their film works that made an great impact on Black history), Just|BE (The Black Gay Erotica 72 hour Poetry & Film Competition on HIV/AIDS prevention & awareness), Fades Of Black Womyn Film Showcase (honoring Black Lesbians Womyn) and QBC TV Network (various original TV/web based shows – Musiq  w/ a Q, INSIDE The Q, One on One w/QBC & QBC ReelTalk.)

For more info on the festival including sponsorship and volunteering, log on to: info(AT)queerblackcinema(DOT)com | |

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