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Black Haven Announces Second Annual Black Haven Film Festival


July 2, 2021

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Black Haven Announces Second Annual Black Haven Film Festival, Artist Submissions Now Open


NEW HAVEN, CT – The Second Annual Black Haven Film Festival is set to return in mid-September, 2021, at ConnCAT Place in New Haven.

Hosted by Black Haven, a collective of creatives and admins who activate art justice through movement-building events, initiatives, and programming, the festival launched virtually in the Fall of 2020. The Black Haven Film Festival (BHFF) is a first of its kind, a short film festival that seeks to celebrate Black art and representation. This year's festival theme is Blackness is Global:

Blackness and Black Identity is a global experience, rich with culture and generational storytelling that ornate who we are and where we have been. Our Blackness influences our art ignites our activism and helps us imagine an afro-futuristic world.

“We are so excited for this year’s Black Haven Film Festival,” Salwa Abdussabur (she/they), Black Haven Curator and Principal Organizer. “We’ve all collectively had a year of growth, death, and rebirth. This year’s Black Haven Festival brings collective healing inspiring our community to reunite and uplift each other. These incredible artists will be the catalyst for reconnecting both in-person interactions as well as embracing the flexibility of the virtual landscape.

This year’s festival will feature 10 Connecticut artists. The selected artists will exemplify the brilliance of Black Voices, Black Art, and Black Storytelling. We wish to express Black Art in a safe, collaborative space as we adjust to this new normal.

“This year, we chose ‘Blackness is Global’ as our theme because being Black is a global experience,” said Isaiah Edwards (he/him), Black Haven Curator and Film Lead Organizer. “There is an energy to being Black. Unlike other identities, no matter where we go in the world, our blackness precedes and inexplicably connects us.”

Black Haven’s artist submission portal is now open until Aug. 1, 2021. To be eligible to submit a film to the festival, artists must be:

  • At least 18 years years old

  • Be a resident of Connecticut

  • Be between 1-5 minutes in length

  • Optional: Fit the theme Blackness is Global

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Black Haven is a collective of creatives and admins who activate art justice through movement-building events, initiatives, and programming. We aim to be a creative playground for culture creators to be uplifted in their visions where they are provided partnerships and resource equity.

Black Haven is a program of the Black Infinity Collective.

Black Infinity Collective is a Blackity-Black-led and centered freedom fighting, movement building, liberation organization that is guided by our ancestors who have shown us the way and is inspired by present-day leaders who have taken up the mantle. We are Black, Bold, and Boundless. Black Infinity Collective was formerly known as CTCORE-Organize Now!

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