Karen Horne | Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion

Karen Horne serves as the Senior Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Studios.

Horne, who reports to Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment, is responsible for overseeing in-front-of and behind-the-camera primetime diversity efforts for NBC and Universal Television. NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program, the Emerging Director Program, NBC’s StandUp for Diversity nationwide talent search and the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival are among the many programs she heads while also overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.

Earlier, Horne was appointed to the newly created position of Director, Entertainment Diversity Initiatives, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, in April 2009.

Horne’s lengthy resume includes a variety of disciplines and contacts.  She came to NBC from Loud Paint Entertainment, where she was Creative Consultant since 2006.  Prior to that, she served as Director, Creative Affairs, at IDT Animation in Burbank, California, from 2005-06.  In that position, she was part of a two-person development team that developed feature, television and direct-to-video material for the animation company.

In addition, Horne was an Executive Consultant at Nickelodeon Productions in Los Angeles from 1999-2005, where she designed, implemented and oversaw the company’s Writer Fellowship Program, among other duties.  From 1995-99, Horne also worked at HBO in Los Angeles as a Co-Producer for the Emmy Award-winning animated series “Spawn.”

Horne also was the Director of Writer Development & Special Projects (as well as Studio Liaison) for the Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Program at Walt Disney Network Television from 1996-99 (while she still retained her title as a Co-Producer of “Spawn”).  Previously, she served as Director, West Coast, for the Black Filmmaker Foundation in Los Angeles from 1993-96.

Horne’s early career includes stints at ABC, Inc., in Los Angeles as an Executive Assistant to the President, ABC Entertainment, as well as positions at ABC Television Network Group and ABC Sports.

Grace Moss | Director, Talent Development & Inclusion

Grace Moss is the Director of Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment. In this role, she oversees multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers and directors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them staffed on NBC’s scripted programs. Grace also manages nationwide outreach efforts and develops relationships with community partners, such as the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and East West Players.  Before coming to NBC, Grace a Development Executive at the Style Network, where she oversaw new series in production, from initial pitch to delivery. Prior to her stint at the Style Network, Grace worked as a Producer and Director on a plethora of unscripted shows on a variety of networks, including MTV, VH1, TLC and NBC.

Grace has been actively involved with numerous organizations, including Asian Pacific Americans@NBCUniversal, where she serves as a Hub Leader, and Filipino Hollywood Mafia, where she acts as the Co-Chair. She was a selected participant for Comcast’s Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rising Leaders Program, the National Association of Multiethnicities in Communications (NAMIC) Leadership Seminar and, most recently, the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute Corporate Athlete Training Program. She also received Comcast’s Ingenuity Award in 2008 for her contributions to the Style Network.

Grace graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and Minor in Asian American Studies.

Jandiz Cardoso | Senior Director, Talent Development & Inclusion

Jandiz has worked on pilots and series with networks including AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, SpikeTV and MTV, as well as tentpolling films with feature studios including Disney, WB, Paramount, Universal, NewLine and Screen Gems. In 2010, she joined NBCUniversal’s New York casting office, covering all pilots, and serving as Associate on the last season of the Emmy Award Winning series, 30 Rock. In 2013, Jandiz wrote the foreword for  the acclaimed resource book, “Actors Choice: Monologues for Teens, Volume 2.”  She was Voted “Backstage Magazine’s” Reader’s Choice Award for Audition Coach of the Year, along with other honors.  Upcoming films include SEVENTH SON starring Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Barnes.

StandUp NBC

StandUp NBC is a nationwide search for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds, which started in 2003. This initiative allows comedians from across the country to showcase for key players at NBCUniversal and throughout the industry. Top recipient(s) are offered an NBC Talent Holding Deal, meetings with NBCUniversal Casting execs and an invitation to showcase at NACA for the opportunity to tour the US college circuit. Success stories include:  Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), Hannibal Buress (Broad City, 30 Rock, Neighbors, SNL), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Carmichael Show), Ron Funches (Powerless, Undateable), Tone Bell (Bad Judge, People are Talking), Ian Edwards (SNL), Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Mr. Robinson), Eric Andre (Two Broke Girls, Man Seeking Woman), and Deon Cole (Conan, Black-ish).

To watch for updates, please follow @NBCUNITIPS on Twitter, our NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the StandUP NBC Facebook page.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Online Video Submissions

All Cities will open a separate online video submissions window. Check below for dates. *Chicago will only offer online submissions, NO OPEN CALL!* Comedians can log on and provide videos links (2 mins max) to recent performances.

Top comics will be notified directly if they make it to LIVE auditions.

Regional Open Call Audition

In these four cities, Vegas, Charlotte, New York, and Houston, we will hold an Open Call. Auditions commence promptly at 9AM. Only the first 100-125 comics who arrive will be seen. Comics will have one minute to perform at the initial audition. A handful will be invited back to callbacks the following day to perform a longer 2-3 minute set. From these, the top comics are selected to perform in the regional semi-finalist showcase that weekend.

Semi-Finalist Live Showcase

The regional showcase takes place the same weekend of auditions. The chosen few are asked to perform approximately 7 minutes of material before a live audience. These semi-finalist shows will not air on NBC, but rather are an opportunity to be showcased for bookers, agents, casting directors, and television executives in consideration for future casting and development opportunities as well as the Los Angeles Finals.

Los Angeles Finalist Showcase

Approximately 8 StandUp NBC Finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to perform in front of a live audience of agents, casting directors, and television executives. Winner(s) will be offered a Talent Holding Deal with NBCUniversal.

 

2018 SCHEDULE 

CHICAGO

Audition: SAT JUNE 9 INVITATION ONLY

Online Submissions: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit 

Submission Window: APRIL 16th-27th

Showcase: June 10 @7pm

LAUGH FACTORY 3175 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

 

VEGAS

Submissions Window: May 7th -18th

Online Submissions: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

OPEN CALL: SAT June 23

CALL BACKS: SUN June 24

Showcase Date/Times: JUNE 24th 8pm

LA COMEDY CLUB in THE STRATOSPHERE CASINO 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Downtown LV, NV 89104

 

CHARLOTTE

Submissions Window: JUNE 4th-15th

Online Submissions: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

OPEN CALL: July 28

Showcase: JULY 29 7pm

COMEDY ZONE 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. Suite B3 Charlotte, NC 28206

 

NEW YORK 

Submissions Window: June 18th -29th

Online Submissions: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

OPEN CALL: SAT Aug 11

CALLBACKS: SUN Aug 12

Showcase: Monday AUG 13 @7:30pm

GOTHAM 208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

 

HOUSTON

Submissions Window: JULY 30th-Aug10th

Online Submissions: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

OPEN CALL: Sept 22

Showcase: Sept 23 @7pm

JOKE JOINT 11460 Fuqua Street #300 Houston TX 77089

 

WRITERS ON THE VERGE

Writers on the Verge is a program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.

The program will consist of weekly evening classes at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating exceptional material to enhance their portfolio, and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to show runners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBCUniversal television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including “The Blacklist,” “Marlon,” “Community”, “Burn Notice”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “White Collar”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Chicago Fire” and “Parenthood.”

 

How to Submit

The submission window is open MAY 1st, 2018 – MAY 31st, 2018 at 11:59pm PT.

APPLY HERE: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

*The submission link will open on MAY 1st

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS – please read thoroughly:

  1. We do not accept email or mail submissions. You must complete the online application before the deadline. Please complete all sections of the application.  Only ONE APPLICATION per writer or writing team will be accepted.
  2. We will accept submissions from individual writers and from writing teams of two.  We will not accept writing teams of more than two.
  3. Submitted specs must be written for a show on our Accepted Shows List. We do not accept all shows. Please ensure that your spec is included on our list.
  4. Include a title page with no name(s) of the writer or writing team. Do NOT include the writer’s or writing team’s name or contact information on any page of the script.
  5. Please title your file names appropriately for upload, and only upload files as .PDF
    • Resume: RESUME – FIRST NAME LAST NAME.pdf
      • Example: RESUME – JIMMY FALLON.pdf
    • Legal release form: LEGAL RELEASE – FIRST NAME LAST NAME.pdf
      • Example: LEGAL RELEASE – JIMMY FALLON.pdf
    • Script submission: SHOW NAME – FIRST INITIAL LAST INITIAL.pdf (If you have a writing partner, include their initials in the file name.)
      • Example: GAME OF THRONES – JF.pdf
      • Example with writing partner: THIS IS US – JF and SM.pdf
  6. Semi-Finalists will be asked for an original television pilot as their second writing sample. It must be the same length (hourlong or half hour) as the spec they applied with.
  7. Applicants must be able to provide their own housing and transportation in the Los Angeles area for the duration of the program.

To watch for updates, please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the Writers On The Verge Facebook Page.

Additional questions (NOT APPLICATIONS) should be submitted to writersontheverge@nbcuni.com

NBC Spotlight

As part of its ongoing commitment to inclusion, NBC Entertainment will produce a live Actor Showcase this coming SEPTEMBER in Los Angeles – the NBC SPOTLIGHT! Formerly known as the NBC Scene Showcase, NBC Spotlight sets out to feature breakout comedic actors of diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQ actors and performers who are differently abled. The audience will be comprised of entertainment industry agents, managers, network and studio executives scouting for talent.

Performance Date: SEPTEMBER 13th 2018

MUST BE LOCAL LA RESIDENT  & AVAILABLE FOR JULY CALLBACKS & MANDITORY REHEARSALS in AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

If available & Local, Send a SELF TAPE  for your ROUND 1 AUDITION.

 

WHAT DO I PREPARE?: MAX 3min SELF TAPE or EDITED REEL consisting of up to maximum 3 Sketch Characters, 1 short Comedic SCENE and / or Comedic MONOLOGUE of choice.

WHERE DO I UPLOAD?: Our submissions platform is ActorsAccess.com. If you don’t have an account, it’s free to create one. Links are provided below. *NBC does NOT charge a fee to submit, but Actors Access may have a nominal submission fee of their own.

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR NAME ON ACTORS ACCESS BEFORE TONIGHT, MIDNIGHT PT, FRIDAY 3/9, IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO SEND A SELF-TAPE BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF 3/26.

DEADLINE FOR SELF TAPE: Monday MARCH 26th, 2018 at 3pm PST

Allow 12wks to receive notification to actors who will move on to ROUND 2.

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING: Actors who can portray 18 – 50 yrs old, specifically actors with strong comedic ability and timing. Theater Experience a PLUS.

ETHNICALLY DIVERSE & MULTI-CULTURAL MEN, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=ad9s3

ETHNICALLY DIVERSE & MULTI-CULTURAL WOMEN, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=az7a3

NON-BINARY INDIVIDUALS, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=dd669 

PERFORMERS WITH DISABILITIES, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=cb366

To watch for updates on our programs please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page.

 

NBCUNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival is an initiative to discover diverse voices both in front of and behind the camera. It provides creative individuals of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to get their materials in front of key decision makers from the entire NBCUniversal family, as well as agents, managers, producers, and other industry players. The submission window is OPEN MARCH 1 – APRIL 30, 2018.

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WRITERS ON THE VERGE

Writers on the Verge is a program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there,” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply. The submission window is open MAY 1 – MAY 31, 2018

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The Late Night Writers Workshop kicks off its second year!

This program is focused on exposing talented joke, sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late-night & alternative lineup and readying them for a staff writer position. The selected writers will create new sketch material and gain insight into the dynamics of a late night writers’ room. Participants are given the chance to interact with key writers and producers from across NBCUniversal’s late-night shows, as well as receive feedback on their material. Successful participants’ material will be submitted to NBCU’s late-night & alternative executives, but writing assignments are not a guarantee. The workshop took place in New York on March 21 – 25, 2014.

The NBC Emerging Director Program

 

The NBC EMERGING DIRECTOR PROGRAM, is designed to take directors accomplished in their respective fields (features, commercials, music videos) and give them the opportunity to work alongside episodic television directors. The selected directors will foster relationships and fine tune their art to fit the television format.

Built from a desire to open up the pool of directors with whom NBCU works, the program accepts 100 nominees per year (first come, first serve). We ultimately select a small group of finalists to shadow NBC Universal shows, such as The Blacklist, Blindspot, Superstore, and The Expanse. Our directors gain invaluable experience and the preparation needed to make them capable of directing one of our episodes.

The chosen director will shadow for up to three episodes on an NBCU show, from prep- to post-production. NBCU will provide a weekly stipend, along with airfare and hotel accommodation for non-locals during the program. Directors placed on NBC shows will be guaranteed an episode to direct on that show within the same season.

The process begins with a nomination from an industry professional. The first 100 nominations will be contacted to provide work samples and supplemental material. For more information on the application process, see below.

Please note, to be eligible, directors may have directed no more than ONE episode of scripted television.

Nominations for the Emerging Director Program are now CLOSED!

Finalists will be notified in Spring 2018.

More information on the FEMALE FORWARD initiative is coming soon.

To watch for updates please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the NBC Directing Programs Facebook page.

 

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What’s the Process?

1. Nomination

Industry professionals may nominate directors who they feel are accomplished in their respective fields, by submitting their nomination letters online. We only accept the first 100 nominees (first come, first serve). We do not accept nominations from agents or managers. Please note, to be eligible, directors may have directed no more than ONE episode of scripted television.

2. Submission of Portfolio Materials

Once a director is confirmed as one of the 100 nominees, we will contact the directing nominees directly and provide them with a link to upload their materials.  Nominees are required to submit:

  • A bio
  • A resume/CV
  • A directing reel
  • 1-3 samples representing the director’s best work (features, short films, music videos, etc.–completed works preferred)
  • OPTIONAL: 1-2 additional letters of recommendation

3. Selection of Program Participants

The selected directors will be notified in the spring for the opportunity to shadow during the upcoming season.

4. Selection of Directors

The director’s portfolios will be sent to participating NBCUniversal shows. Each show then selects which director they would like to take on to shadow for up to three episodes on the show, from pre- to post-production.

 

NBCUniversal Short Film Festival

The NBCUNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL seeks the next generation of writers, directors, producers & actors, while celebrating innovative storytelling from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, including female writers & directors, the LGBTQ community, and performers with disabilities.

With a high-profile list of judges and partners including, Comcast, NBC, Panavision, USA Networks, Telemundo, Bravo, Universal Pictures, E!, SAG-AFTRA, PGA, WGAW, WGAE, DGA, Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter & Variety, this bicoastal festival provides a unique opportunity for outstanding talent to have their work introduced to key decisions makers from the entire NBCUniversal family as well as agents, managers, producers, and other industry players.

Submission Period

March 1 – April 30, 2018

For eligibility and submission information, please visit: nbcushortsfest.com

To watch for updates please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the NBCU Short Film Festival Facebook page.

Diverse Staff Writer Initiative

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NBC encourages diversity among our writing staffs by funding select staff writer positions, open to all scripted NBC Primetime Series, along with some series from our cable networks.

In order to further foster diversity among writers, NBCUniversal provides funding for a diverse staff writer position on all scripted NBC Primetime and Late Night Series. These positions are filled with writers selected and hired by the Showrunner/Producers of each show, along with the guidance of the network and studio(s). Positions are generally filled during the March – June staffing season.

 

NBCUNIVERSAL CASTING APPRENTICE PROGRAM

The NBC Universal Casting Apprentice Program is a career development opportunity for individuals pursuing a career in casting. This program is designed for individuals with diverse backgrounds who aspire to become a Casting Manager within a Network or Studio or a Casting Associate or Director on a production. Depending on the assigned division, apprentices will be given an opportunity to work at a Network with executives or in a Freelance Casting Office with a Casting Director.

 

For more information: APPLY HERE

COMEDIC TALENT SCHOLARSHIPS

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE

Continuing efforts to promote diversity in the comedic arts, NBC and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre have partnered for an annual Diversity Scholarship. The Diversity Scholar is selected by both the Upright Citizens Brigade (NY) and NBC executives based on their performance. This scholarship is intended for students with advanced skills in improvisation.

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Late Night Writers Workshop

The NBCUniversal Late Night Writers Workshop is a multi-day program focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late night & alternative line-up and readying them for a staff writer position. We are looking for writers who are “almost there,” but need that final bit of preparation and exposure to key industry players. We particularly encourage female writers and those of diverse backgrounds to apply. The selected writers will create new sketch material and gain insight into the dynamics of a late night writers’ room. Participants are given the chance to interact with key writers and producers from across NBCUniversal’s late night and alternative shows, as well as receive feedback on their material.  

 

Timeline

Submission Period: December 1st, 2017 – December 15th, 2017 at 11:59 PST

Finalist Interviews: February 2018

5-Day Workshop in NYC: March/April 2018

*All dates are subject to change. 

**Selected writers will be responsible for their own transporation to/from and lodging in NYC. 

Submission Guidelines

Your sketch packet should consist of three elements:

1)  1-2 pages of topical monologue jokes. If you think it helps us, please indicate which host’s voice you have in mind (can be, but does not have to be, an NBC host). Topical news jokes and pop culture jokes should make up the bulk of your material.

2)  1-2 pages of original ideas for refillable late night “desk bits.” These can be ideas for elements like Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes,” pre-taped correspondent bits like, “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell,” or multimedia bits. For this portion, please provide descriptions of the bits and not scripts.

3)  2  SNL-style sketches (no more than 5 pages EACH). One sketch should introduce an original character and one sketch should be topical (something newsworthy or pop culture-based).

Questions?

Additional questions (NOT APPLICATIONS) should be submitted to latenightwritersworkshop@nbcuni.com

To watch for updates, please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and The Late Night Writers Workshop Facebook page.

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE NATIVE AMERICAN and INDIGENOUS PROGRAM

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is a year-round program to deepen the commitment to support Native American and Indigenous artists and talent. This program allows NBCUniversal to build relationships within the Native and Indigenous communities and raise awareness of the artistic opportunities available at NBCUniversal through its various Diversity Initiatives and Programs, while creating a pipeline for Native actors, writers and directors.

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE NATIVE AMERICAN and INDIGENOUS PROGRAM

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is a year-round program to deepen the commitment to support Native American and Indigenous artists and talent. This program allows NBCUniversal to build relationships within the Native and Indigenous communities and raise awareness of the artistic opportunities available at NBCUniversal through its various Diversity Initiatives and Programs, while creating a pipeline for Native actors, writers and directors.

WRITER’S ASSISTANT PROGRAM

Launched in 2012, NBC Entertainment funds a writer’s assistant position on 3 NBC primetime scripted shows. These positions are chosen by the showrunner of the respective show and provide the selected writer(s) the opportunity to be in a television writers’ room and assist in any ways necessary.

TALENT SCHOLARSHIPS

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE

Continuing efforts to promote diversity in the comedic arts, NBC and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre have partnered for their 2nd annual Diversity Scholarship. The Diversity Scholar is selected by both the Upright Citizens Brigade and NBC executives based on their performance. This scholarship is intended for students with advanced skills in improvisation.

 

THE GROUNDLINGS

NBCUniversal’s Talent Infusion Programs is in partnership with The Groundlings Theatre and School to develop and support diverse talent. Available quarterly, eight Groundlings students per year will receive a full scholarship to the Writing Lab level of the Groundlings Performance Track.

Criteria and application information is available here: www.groundlings.com/diversity.

 

 

CAPE WRITERS PROGRAM

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The CAPE New Writers Fellowship is an intensive 8-week intensive program sponsored by NBCUniversal and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and facilitated by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics In Entertainment (CAPE). The fellowship is designed to provide aspiring Asian-Pacific American (APA) television and feature film writers, who are underrepresented in the mainstream market, with the creative and business tools needed to understand what leads to successfully purchased and produced film and television projects in Hollywood. The fellows will be better positioned to develop projects that are marketable while retaining their unique voices, stories, and points-of-view. The fellowship will not only help them perfect their craft but also acquire the tools to have long-lasting careers in entertainment. In addition to the training, each fellow will also receive a $1,500 stipend, the latest Final Draft software and exclusive opportunities to meet and network with top industry executives.

Comcast NBCUniversal named as one of America’s “Best Places to Work”

For the second year in a row Comcast and NBCUniversal have earned a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and have been named among America’s “Best Places to Work” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  This honor reflects the company’s ongoing emphasis on diversity and inclusion across a wide range of communities.

NBC and The Blackhouse Foundation partner for the first time!

NBC began its first partnership with The Blackhouse Foundation at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The Foundation works to expand opportunities for black filmmakers by providing a physical gathering venue for their constituents at the world’s most prominent film festivals, encouraging the inclusion of black filmmakers with films selected by the festival and creating a nucleus for continuing support, community, education and knowledge. The Blackhouse Foundation was created in 2006 by a group of dedicated individuals interested in preserving and furthering the legacy of Black cinema. The organization is geared towards dynamic industry networking, rigorous support, unparalleled education, and celebration for filmmakers of African descent and their audiences.

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