Attention Filmmakers: Entries Sought for Newark Black Film Festival's 2016 Paul Robeson Awards

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Submissions welcome for annual Paul Robeson Awards sponsored by the Newark Museum.

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It is an awesome responsibility to select films that represent the African-American and African Diaspora experience.

Filmmakers are invited to submit entries for the Newark Black Film Festival’s Paul Robeson Awards. The biennial competition, administered by the Newark Museum, recognizes aspiring filmmakers and honors the spirit of Paul Robeson, who was an activist, performer and athlete. The deadline is February 26, 2016.

Winners will receive special recognition at an award ceremony, a film screening. plaque and a cash award. The award winners will be screened on August 3, 2016.

“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 2016 Paul Robeson Award, films submitted must be deemed non-commercial independent films that were released since January 2013, with the understanding that the filmmaker had control of the completed work. The categories are long and short narrative, long and short documentary, experimental and animation. There is a $40 entry fee for each film submitted. The entry form can be obtained at

The Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF), which is celebrating its 42th anniversary in 2016, is the longest-running black film festival in the United States. The six-week Festival will be held on Wednesday evenings in Newark, starting June 29, 2016.

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.

The Newark Black Film Festival is made possible by Bank of America.

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