The Shadow and Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase is an online short film competition where viewers vote for their favorite short films and the winning filmmakers receive cash prizes.  The Showcase focuses on the ever-growing body of work about people of color from around the African Diaspora.

Round 4 of the Showcase adds seven (7) new films to the Showcase line-up, including  NICK OF TIME from Eric Haywood, who was chosen to participate in the 2012 Disney/ABC Television Writing Program, Enrico Parenti's ZEWDU, shot on location in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Matthew Frederick's FULL CIRCLE, Student Emmy Award-winner UNDERGOUND from Akil DuPont and Rashaad Ernesto Green's CUTS. These films will join popular entries carried over from prior rounds including HUG(Khary Jones), IN THE WIND (Martin Papazian), MEN IN LOVE (Keith Davis) and LOO$E CHANGE (Mykwain Gainey).

James Bland, director of the short film COCOA LOVE, Dominique DeLeon, director of the short film TAGS, and Will Raee, director of the short film FAITH & DREAMS, are the respective winners of Rounds 1, 2 and 3.

Shadow and Act Films also sponsors the Shadow and Act Filmmaker Challenge, a screenplay competition that awards funds to the winning filmmaker to produce a short based on their script. Past winners include Nikyatu Jusu (BLACK SWAN THEORY) and Rod Gailes OBC (SOFT FOCUS).  Ka'ramuu Kush was named the winner of the most recent Challenge for his script AND THEN.

Click here now to watch the films in competition and vote for your favorites.  The Shadow and Act Digital Filmmaker Showcase can also be found on Facebook.

Shadow and Act Films is a joint venture between Tambay Obenson, founder and managing editor of the popular black cinema blog Shadow and Act on indieWire and CEI Media Partners LLC.


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