JCAL to host film festival Apr. 26-27 highlighting works from BIPOC NYC-based creators

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The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) will host a free, two-day long film festival from Apr. 26-27 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave. 

The “10 Minute Film Festival” will feature original short films made by black, indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) NYC-based creatives. 

Day one of the festival will feature a screening of Hulu’s “Invisible Beauty,” an award winning documentary that follows the life and legacy of fashion icon Bethann Hardison. After the screening, audience members can participate in a Q&A session to discuss the film with CR Capers, founder of Harlem Film House and the Hip Hop Film Festival.

Day two of the film festival will showcase the screening of ten short films by the local filmmakers.. Following the film, there will be another Q&A session. The event will also feature cash prizes for “Best of the Fest” and a “Runner Up” award. A final prize, dubbed the “Audience Award,”  will be given to the filmmaker that receives the most votes from the audience.

The “10 Minute Film Festival” has grown significantly since its start in 2020, moving from Jamaica Art Center’s 99-seat studio theater to its current location, the 400-seat theater at Jamaica Performing Arts Center. This is the first year that the film festival will span two days.

“[This event] is an important platform to uplift and amplify the talented local voices in independent film,” a representative from JCAL said. “It’s a great time for both filmmakers and film lovers alike.”

For ticket information, click here.