The For Our People Film Fest presented by Downbeat Entertainment aims to showcase films by talented Black filmmakers that tell the multifaceted stories of the communities our partner non-profits champion.
During the festival weekend, selected films will be showcased online and live events with partner non-profits will occur for our communities to engage with and enjoy.
BACKWARDS GOD (5:57)
Directed by Natalie Cook
Backwards God tells the story of how man
made God in his image. The film interweaves
elements of ecology and spirituality to retell
the book of Genesis through a womanist
THE ERASURE (13:12)
Directed by Akeallah Blair
'The Erasure' is a thriller that focuses on the epidemic of black women vanishing across the world, and how it's simply brushed off-- so much so, that this fiction-based storyline is a twist of the "Purge" series where, one night a year, black females are free game for kidnapping and torturing.
UWC COMMUNITY CELEBRATION HIGHLIGHTS
Produced by Unique Woman's Coalition & Downbeat Entertainment
Select highlights from Unique Woman's Coalitions Community Celebration event.
Directed by Aisha Ford
An African American teenager, attending a
predominantly white high school, is in danger
of compromising her self-worth when her
principal offers her an opportunity that will
change her life.
REAL MEN DON'T (19:00)
Directed by Elton Loud
REAL MEN DON'T... explores manhood and
masculinity through society's taboos against
male expressiveness. Funny, emotional and
thoughtful, the film addresses many of the
questions around the changing notions of
what it means to be a man.
DỌLÁPỌ IS FINE (15:20)
Dir. by Ethosheia Hylton
Soon to leave her very British boarding
school, DỌLÁPỌ is pressured to conceal her
natural hair, and to change her name.
2 DOLLARS (14:42)
Directed by Robin Cloud
Syd works at one of the worst property
management firms in the city. As a black
queer masculine of center artist, Syd deals
with the daily slights from ignorant coworkers,
an oblivious boss, and a killer
Directed by Maxwell Addae
A young man attends his nephew's Ghanaian
baptism with a plan: steal the donated money
and keep a deep secret hidden from his
A BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARE (9:15)
Directed by Kevin Lee Maxwell
Daniel, a highly accomplished dancer, comes home from college only to find himself entangled in a battle between himself and his
THE GIRL IN THE RED DRESS (12:57)
Directed by Anngelica-Marie Eshesimua
After a stormy college party, a White
Fraternity pledge and Black freshman wake up to find their bodies switched with no
explanation. The two perfect strangers struggle to find the cause as the truth about
each other and the events of that fateful night bubble to the surface.
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (9:56)
Directed by Jabree Webber
In 2022 after Roe v. Wade is overturned, a woman struggles to find the care that she needs after being sexually assaulted.
Black Boy Joy (17:30)
Directed by Martina Lee
Black Boy Joy is an introspective slice of life story about two generations of Black men, living within the same household, juggling the demands of raising a young son with autism. They all struggle to adapt to their new normal after the death of a loved one. What follows is a careful description of the themes, characters, tone, and world setting.
RINSE CYCLE (9:49)
Directed by Alex Ford
A man recalls an important lesson from his
mother (Tisha Campbell, MY WIFE AND KIDS)
about identity and blackness as he washes his
clothes in a frightening laundromat.
THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET (8:11)
Directed By Morgan Jon Fox
Produced by Katori Hall
Carey, a 14 year old boy nervously prepares for his first dance as his parents reminisce about their own. When Carey's mother (Tasha Smith, EMPIRE) tasks Carey's father (Malik Whitfield, THE TEMPTATIONS) with getting the perfect picture of Carey and his date, a moment of
tension arises as Carey becomes elusive and tries to thwart his father's objective
Directed by Felicia Pride
After an unexpected one night stand, two women at very different stages of their lives, share an even more intimate morning after.
From September 12–20th, Audiences will vote on their favorite film from each block to award the “Audience Favorite” title to five films.
Our jury will also award a short film with our overall “Best of Festival” Award.
The Audience favorites from each block and the best of festival film selected by the jury will receive free copies of Final Draft 11.
20 minutes maximum runtime inclusive of credits.Entrants must be 18 years old or older.Films must have been directed, produced and/or written by a person of African descent.Competition is open to U.S. and international entries.Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.Films must have completed post-production on or after January 1, 2018.Films can have played at other festivals/already have online distribution.Films can only be submitted to one category. A filmmaker can submit multiple entries.
Short Film SynopsisPhoto still from the filmFilmmaker (director and/or writer and producer) bioFilmmaker (director and/or writer and producer) photo
Selected films will be programmed and shown online live on SIMA RAMA and will be available to view for ONE WEEK after the event before being removed.Filmmakers will retain ownership of their film.Distribution is non-exclusive.Downbeat will not profit from this festival or any of the selected films, and selected filmmakers will not be paid. Viewers will be encouraged to donate DIRECTLY to the partnering Black non-profits of each programming block .Fulfillment of sponsorship prizes in dependent on the sponsor itself. Downbeat will not be held liable for nonfulfillment of sponsorship prizes.