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Washington, D.C.

A Celebration of Black Filmmakers rooted in the HBCU Culture

Venue: Howard University Blackburn Center 

Date: November 10-12, 2023

The HBCU First LOOK Film Festival is a celebration of Black Filmmakers Rooted in the HBCU Culture!  We marvel at the HBCU graduates that are shaping the world, from Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Packer, Common, Oprah Winfrey, Anika Noni Rose, Oscar Award winning designer Ruth Carter, to recent Broadway sensation Myles Frost, the list is endless. To celebrate, we are bringing together filmmakers, producers and writers from diverse backgrounds to share their stories, connect, and inspire. 

The HBCU First LOOK Film Festival will showcase six films from student filmmaker finalists. Student finalists will be announced September 24th, 2023.  In addition to an engaging film screening, the festival will feature inspirational speakers in the film and TV industry.

The festival is open to the public. 


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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Industry Panels + Filmmaker Workshops

Hear from award-winning industry professionals during empowering panel sessions, gain skills building knowledge through educational workshops.  


12noon -5 PM

Film Screenings Marathon 

The afternoon continues with a curated line-up of film screenings of HBCU student filmmaker challenge finalists, and independent film screenings.  

5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Opening Night At the Movies & Reception 

Attendees will kick off the HBCU First LOOK Film Festival with a welcome reception with food, drinks and networking. Join us immediately after the reception for our opening night feature film screening followed by a talkback session. 



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