BLACK FILM SCHOOL: Filmmakers and Their HBCU Connect


Black Film School: Filmmakers and Their HBCU Connect
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‘Black Film School’ is a virtual roundtable discussion with Black filmmakers, directors and producers on the influence of and their connections to HBCUs. On the agenda at HBCUs is cultivate Black minds and the communities they belong to. In tandem to this focus, the panel delved into how HBCUs have fostered filmmakers and producers. The discussion is led by AURN Culture Contributor and Howard University Alum J. Hall and features critically acclaimed Director Merawi Gerima of the film “Residue” (Howard University, Florida A&M), Film Editor and Executive Director of the Sabira Cole Film Festival Ogechi Chieke (Howard University) and Cinematographer David L. McDuffie (Howard University).

Of the many gems and insights the group dropped, the DIY readiness, community of professors and Alma Mater networks were high on the list of resources that contributes to the success of filmmakers from HBCUs. So, I’ve rounded up a list of film making opportunities for current students and recent graduates. Check it out after the Jump!

Merawi Gerima’s ‘Residue’ distributed by Ava Duvernay’s Array Now and available for streaming on Netflix.
Ogechi Chieke celebrated the inaugural year for the Sabira Cole film Festival


The HBCU Storytellers Project:

A partnership between the Nate Parker Foundation, Inc. and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Select students from Hampton University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Norfolk State University engaged in an 18-month process that empowered them to create powerful films over the course of their tenure. Click here for more info:

HBCU Schools Offering Film Bachelor’s Degrees:

Ranks 4 HBCU schools offering film bachelor’s degrees. Click here for more info:

The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP)

A non-profit educational arts workforce development program. We are dedicated to educating, training, and recruiting the best and brightest diverse student leaders from our nation’s Historically Black Colleges, Universities (HBCUs) and other Predominantly Minority Institutions (PMIs) for careers across all aspects of the entertainment, media, sports, music and technology industries. Click here for more info.

HBCU in LA Internship Program

provides a select group of diverse student leaders the opportunity to participate in a paid 8-10-week immersive internship. Providing experience essential for launching and leveraging a career inside Hollywood’s coveted inner circle.

The program focuses on placing talented students in competitive internships with major studios, networks, production and talent agencies. Click here for more info.

The Reel HBCU Challenge

Film shorts are submitted to the National Black Movie Association. Click here for more info.

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