Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series has announced a new partnership with BET and Centric that will grand female filmmakers the opportunity to have their work aired on Centric and BET.

During the annual Reel Sisters’ 19th Annual Film Festival (October 22 – 23 at Long Island University Brooklyn), Centric will present the first Centric/Reel Sisters Best Short Award and Centric/Reel Sisters Best Narrative Film Award. Each award will come with a “first look” opportunity for Centric to feature on the network and other platforms in the future, and the winners will also receive a licensing option for the rights to air their films on Centric and other promotional benefits.  Reel Sisters will announce the winners at the film festival in October.

“Reel Sisters is honored to have Centric, The First Network Designed for Black Women, provide a platform for audiences to enjoy films by our trailblazing women filmmakers. We need to keep supporting outlets like Centric where our stories are shared and celebrated.” – Carolyn A. Butts, Founder of Reel Sisters.

Reel Sisters is the first Brooklyn-based festival devoted to women of color filmmakers. Reel Sisters presents 30 films produced, directed and written by women of color across the globe each year. The festival has enriched the city with more than 900 films by women of African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, Indian, and Native American descent and awarded over $12,000 in scholarships to women filmmakers. The groundbreaking festival has influenced other media organizations to launch initiatives that help Black women gain access to directing jobs in Hollywood and bring independent film projects to life.

For more information on this amazing organization, please click HERE.