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Columbus Black International Film Festival 2022

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Clockwise from top left: Animated still of a person standing at the foot of a stairway lit with yellow light from a stained-glass window at the top of the stairs; still of a person looking up and holding their hand to their bare chest; still of a person sitting on top of a car, back to the camera, facing a bridge and greenish-yellow landscape in the background; still of a person smiling behind a transparent, heart-shaped balloon, with colorful lights twinkling throughout the image.

Don’t miss two days of screenings, panels, and more at the 6th-annual Columbus Black International Film Festival (CBIFF), hosted again in person at the Wex!

In the words of its organizers, the festival’s mission is to “showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally, while highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora.”

On opening day—in addition to a lineup of film screenings including BLACK AS U R and Queen of Glory—finalists in a CBIFF-sponsored competition will pitch their concepts for a chance to win $500 toward the production of their film. A networking reception and CBIFF happy hour—free and open to the public—in the center’s lower lobby follows, and a filmmakers’ roundtable wraps up the festival on Sunday after a lineup featuring the film Anastácias.

See the full schedule below and find program details on CBIFF's website.

Program schedule

Sat, May 21
Power: Student Shorts (approx. 63 mins.) | 11 AM
Power: Shorts 1 (approx. 61 mins.) | 12:15 PM
BLACK AS U R (Michael Rice, 2022, 75 mins.) | 2 PM
Pitch competition | 4 PM
Networking reception/CBIFF happy hour | 5–7 PM
Queen of Glory (Nana Mensah, 2021, 78 mins.) | 7 PM

Sun, May 22
Power: Shorts 2 (approx. 80 mins.) | 11 AM
Anastácias (Thatiane Almeida, 2021, 82 mins.) | 1 PM
Filmmakers’ Roundtable | 3–4 PM

Still of a person with dyed red hair and brown skin who is smiling behind a transparent, heart-shaped balloon, with colorful lights twinkling throughout the image.

Anastácias (Thatiane Almeida, 2021), image courtesy of Magma.

Animated still of a person from behind wearing a white t-shirt and backpack who is standing at the foot of a stairway lit with yellow light from a stained-glass window at the top of the stairs.

Survivors High - The Anthology (Victor Dean, 2022), image courtesy of the filmmaker.

Still of a person with brown skin and short, dark hair, looking up and holding their hand to their bare chest; there are black shadows obscuring the still.

BLACK AS U R (Michael Rice, 2022), image courtesy of Rice Creative.

Still of a person with brown skin, a bald head, and white no-sleeve shirt who is sitting on top of a car, back to the camera, facing a bridge and greenish-yellow landscape in the background.

Sons of Toledo (Monty Cole, 2022), image courtesy of the filmmaker.

FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Cardinal Health
Kaufman Development

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Rohauer Collection Foundation

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Wexner Family
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
L Brands Foundation
Adam Flatto
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
Bill and Sheila Lambert
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Mike and Paige Crane
Pete Scantland
Axium Packaging
CampusParc

CoverMyMeds
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
Huntington
Lisa Barton
Johanna DeStefano
Russell and Joyce Gertmenian
Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
Ron and Ann Pizzuti
Joyce and Chuck Shenk
Bruce and Joy Soll
Jones Day

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