Newark Black Film Festival Calling For Entries in 2014 Paul Robeson Awards

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Honoring the spirit of Paul Robeson, activist, performer and athlete, the Paul Robeson Awards were established in 1985 by the Newark Black Film Festival, as a biennial competition for aspiring filmmakers.

Newark Museum’s acclaimed Newark Black Film Festival Paul Robeson Awards is now seeking entries for its biennial competition. The competition recognizes aspiring filmmakers and honors the spirit of Paul Robeson, who was an activist, performer and athlete. The entry deadline is Feb. 21, 2014.

Winners will receive special recognition, a film screening and a cash award during the Newark Black Film Festival, a six-week summer festival held on Wednesday evenings in Newark, starting June 25, 2014. The Newark Black Film Festival is supported by Bank of America.

“The high caliber of films submitted to the Newark Black Film Festival Paul Robeson Awards is astounding,” said NBFF Chair and Charter Member Gloria Hopkins Buck. “The judges for the Robeson Awards are dedicated in choosing films that represent the festival’s mission, while engaging our audience with inspiring and intriguing films. It is an awesome responsibility to select films that represent the African-American and African Diaspora experience.”

To be considered for the 2014 Paul Robeson Award, films submitted must be deemed non-commercial “independent” films that were released since January 2011, with the understanding that the filmmaker had control of the completed work. The categories to enter films are long and short narrative, long and short documentary, experimental and animation. There is a $40 entry fee of each submitted film. The entry form can be obtained at or by emailing NBFF (at) newarkmuseum (dot) org.

The NBFF, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, is the longest longest-running black film festival in the United States. Since its introduction in 1974 by the Newark Museum, NBFF has provided a forum for hundreds of emerging writers, directors, producers, performers and patrons of black cinema and has attracted abroad audience from throughout the northeast region. More than 794 films have been screened to an audience of more than 176,600 adults and children.

NBFF co-presenters include New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); The Newark Public Library; Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey/Newark; and City Plex 12, all in Newark.

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