We had the privilege and honor to celebrate Black History Month in collaboration with Google and Museum of the African Diaspora of San Francisco with a one day film festival held at one of Google’s campuses in Northern California. We started with a Creative Arts & Tech panel moderated by Museum of the African Diaspora of San Francisco which featured musical artist/digital genius/entrepreneur Fuze The MC, filmmaker/creative director/producer Diaunte Thompson, and artist/curator Yetunde Olagbaju.
We were also joined by students from McClymonds and Oakland Tech High School who got a chance to interact and connect with the panelists while learning how the intersection of creative arts and digital world continues to break new ground.
During the second half of the day, we screened 14 short films and web series submitted from filmmakers from California, New York, Atlanta and Miami followed by awards and a reception which included soul food from Blackberry Soul Fine Catering and music from AfroDJiak and special guests Grammy-nominated duo Los Rakas.
Best Short Film – By His Stripes (Dir. Meiko Taylor)
Best Web Series – Damn Near (Dir. Dane C. Collier)
Best Director – Anya Adams (Lemonade Mafia)
Best Cinematography – Brian De La Cruz (Good Men)
Best Writing – Staxx Cordero (I Got A Call Back)
Wavemaker Award – Myrtle & Willoughby
Best Actress – Sachi Parker (The So-So You Don’t Know)
Best Actor – Amir Arison (Fortress)
The Everybody Digital Film Festival aims to shine a light on short filmmakers who are so often overlooked and under appreciated. We understand how much time, energy, money and passion goes into a short film and we want to recognize all of it and help share your work with as many people as possible. Our goal is to provide a platform not only for your work to shine but also for you as the filmmaker to shine just as bright. Through our events, we want to provide a community where you can learn, grow and flourish while connecting and celebrating your accomplishments with friends, family and other filmmakers.