The Columbus Black International Film Festival will open at the Wexner Center for the Arts and feature a Keynote address from filmmaker CJ Johnson, as well as guest speaker Kyle Meeks of Meeks Media. The festival will continue the following three days at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The entire festival schedule will include a networking event at the Columbus Museum of Art, film screenings, an acting workshop a screenwriting pitch competition, and a panel discussion featuring various media and representation professionals.
Cristyn Steward is a Columbus native and seasoned filmmaker with over ten years of experience in the industry. Steward’s expertise and vision gave her the inspiration to host an event for the city of Columbus to give a platform to artists in her hometown who truly give a meaning to the phrase ‘visionary art’. With the success of both the 2017 and 2018 festivals, this year’s theme is ‘Black Infinity’. Said Steward, “‘Black Infinity’” is about delving deeper into the layers of the Diaspora and Black Experience. Our Blackness is infinite through space and time. We are influenced by the past, the work we’re doing in the present, and continuously creating our future."
The primary objective of the festival is to showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally, and internationally while creating an opportunity to network with various artists in the filmmaking community. The Columbus Black International Film Festival is the first and only film festival in the Midwest solely created and run by an African-American woman.