Raecine Tyes with Black Film Festival Atlanta on Radio

Black Film Festival Atlanta Founder Raecine Tyes joins the Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio podcast to invite you to attend this year’s event. She also reminisces on the event’s impressive first year while sharing details about what to expect when the festival returns Feb. 1-6, 2022. Tyes joins show host Carol Morgan for the Around Atlanta segment.

An author of two motivational books and a children’s novel with experience in event coordinating and production, Tyes has always loved film and anything creative. When she came up with the idea for Black Film Festival Atlanta, Tyes’s mission was to highlight the work of talented filmmakers who may not have the opportunity to showcase their products.

Tyes said, “Our goal is also to educate the new filmmaker with industry-related resources and to try to provide an excellent opportunity for networking.”

Whenever industry experts are willing to take the time to share industry-related tips or advice for independent filmmakers, it is incredibly beneficial for both participants and attendees.

Tyes shared that she was always involved in something creative, whether she was filming an event for a client or promoting independent films in Georgia. One day, she decided to set up a platform for filmmakers. Initially, she expected a few participants to submit entries to showcase on a local college campus. Unexpectedly, the inaugural festival received 300 submissions which led to a six-day event showcasing 70 independent filmmakers.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect my first time around, but we really got some top-notch films,” said Tyes. “We got submissions from Emmy winners… [and well-known actors]. I was just kind of blown away.”

The festival quickly grew into an event beyond Tyes’s imagination. Now known as the Hollywood of the South, Georgia is a magnet for up-and-coming filmmakers as well as existing and well-known talent in the industry.

In addition to creating a platform for local filmmakers, the inaugural festival featured nine celebrity judges, including singer Al B. Shore! and filmmaker Deon Taylor. Recognized by the mayor’s office in its first year, the festival received attendees from across the country as well as a few international guests!

Featuring a wide range of genres, attendees can expect to see horror, romance, action and more showcased in this year’s submissions. This year, the festival will be conducted virtually. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite and each day will offer separate screen selections.

The festival hosts an Actor’s Boot Camp and a Writer’s Winetasting. The Brunch with a Filmmaker event allows industry professionals and filmmakers to discuss projects and offer valuable information for attendees.

Tune in to the full interview above for more information on the Black Film Festival Atlanta or visit www.BlackFilmFestivalAtlanta.com to learn more.

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