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NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT: Membership Meeting - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Written by 27 Sep,2017

Join BADWest for its October presentation: Navigating the Film Festival Circuit. The film festival programmers will share information about their specific festival, submission do's and dont's, explain the decision making process, insights on how to navigate the film festival circuit, festival life, etc.



Thursday, October 5, 2017

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Mary Pickford Center

1313 Vine Street

1st Floor Conference Room

Los Angeles, CA  90028




Guest speakers are Kimberley Browning, Founder and Festival Director of Hollywood Shorts and Asantewa Olatunji, Esq., General Manager and Director of Programming - Pan African Film Festival. 


Kimberley BrowningKimberley Browning - Hollywood Shorts


Kimberley Browning is a filmmaker and film festival professional. She is the founder and Festival Director of the Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, which launched in 1998 in Los Angeles. She also serves as an Associate Short Film Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival.


Kimberley is the Executive Producer of HBO Access, producing three episodic comedy pilots developed in the HBO Access 2016 Screenwriting and Directing Fellowship programs.


Kimberley directed 'Room 19', a documentary film which focuses on the story of an innovative 3rd grade art teacher who transforms her students view of the world - and themselves. She is the Executive Producer of Ear Buds, a feature doc that was released in September 2017.


@hollywoodshorts inst/twitter/FBI


Asantewa OlatunjiAsantewa Olatunji, Esq. - Pan African Film Festival


Ms. Olatunji began her career as an entertainment lawyer on the staff of Paramount Pictures Entertainment Corporation. She has enjoyed a diversified legal career in the areas of entertainment law, civil litigation, immigration law and labor law. Besides managing a private law practice, Ms. Olatunji has been on the legal staff of Wausau Insurance Companies and was General Counsel for the Los Angeles Black Employees Association, where she currently sits on the Board of Directors. She has been involved in multiple community projects, including the Nelson Mandela Reception Committee, Les Ballets Africans de la République de Guinée performance at the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival, the Youth Program for the South Central People's Federal Credit Union and the South Central People's Coalition.


One of the founders of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), Ms. Olatunji has been integrally involved with its management and programming since its inception in 1992. With an attendance of over 30,000 people and annually screening over 165 Black films from Africa and its Diaspora, as PAFF's general manager and director of programming, Ms. Olatunji has grown PAFF into the largest and most prestigious Black film festival in the United States.


She has served on several film festival juries and she was the chairperson for the 2012 AMAA jury. Also in 2012, she was the guest programmer for the Zanzibar International Film Festival. She has been consulted with for programming African and African Diaspora films by numerous museums, colleges and universities and arts organizations.


As a supporter of fine artists, Ms. Olatunji originated the annual fine arts show presented by PAFF. Annually attracting an estimated 75,000 people, the PAFF art show, presented every February in conjunction with PAFF during the US Black History Month has become one of the largest Black fine art markets and shows in the United States.


Ms. Olatunji holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Southern California and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Southwestern University, School of Law.


Roya RastegarRoya Rastegar

Roya Rastegar is a curator, producer, and writer who passionately advocates for stories by people of color. She is a Programming Associate for US Fiction films and VR projects at the Sundance Film Festival. During her tenure as the Director of Programming at the LA Film Festival, she reoriented the festival's mission and programming around inclusive work by emerging directors. She was also a Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival, and a professor at Bryn Mawr College. She is an associate producer of the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two (2017), and co-wrote the magical realist documentary Wildness (2011), which premiered at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight and won a Grand Jury Prize at Outfest. Roya's writing on gender, race and popular culture can be found in Wired, The Nation, IndieWire, The Huffington Post, among others.

Roya Z. Rastegar, Ph.D., History of Consciousness


Wednesday, Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Mary Pickford Center
1313 Vine Street
1st Floor Conference Room
Los Angeles, CA 90028 Corner of Vine and Fountain
Free parking in rear

$5 for non-BADWest members.


BADWest is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council's EMERGE Program. The Pasadena Arts Council is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to BADWest are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.


The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BAD West) is a professional organization providing people of African descent working in documentary film, video or other media the opportunity to network professionally, share resources, exchange ideas and meet socially in order to enhance the development, production, promotion and exhibition of documentaries. The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West also advocates the recognition and professional advancement of Black documentary filmmakers.