BSIFF Announces New Award Category: Best Music Video

David Bowie once said, “Music video is the logical fulfillment of art and technological destiny. I see it as an artistic extension. I can visualize the day when the interface of music and video will create an entirely new kind of artist.”

Music videos provide a solid ground for nurturing up-and-coming filmmakers experimenting with their craft; a visual means of expression for musicians, singers, and songwriters. Music videos are films but unfortunately, rarely are they acknowledged as such. The truth is that many music videos employ storytelling, conceptualization, and film production techniques.

The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF), known for offering value to filmmakers’, awarding and offering distribution opportunities to feature films, student films, short films, documentary films, Ghanaian films, Women films, and Africa-rising films.

For the sixth edition of the Festival, the organizers have announced a new category, the Best Music Video category, which is to award music videos that have strong story-telling, conceptualization, imagery, and film production.

According to the Director of BSIFF, Ms. Philippa Ama Bentuma Arthur, the decision to add a music video category is to “celebrate the production of music videos in Ghana, Africa, and the world and nurture the great partnership between the music and filmmaking communities in Africa especially.

Arthur said that there seems to be an underlying gap between filmmakers and musicians/artists, which needs bridging, and BSIFF is ready to do that.

What are the Criteria for Music Video Submission to BSIFF?
It is simple. BSIFF is accepting music video submissions from all over the world. Music Videos must be under 10 minutes and from any year regardless of budget, popularity, or language. All you need to do is visit www.bsiff.org to submit. For further inquiries, contact the BSIFF office on +233 506481853.

What is in it for Submitters?

BSIFF will promote your music video all over the year on their social media pages especially, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, with a rapidly growing number of followers.

Your information regarding your music, videos and regular news will be showcased on the BSIFF website, which several monthly visitors and ranks high on search engines.

Throughout the Festival period, from August 18-22, 2021, your submitted music video will be streamed in a free worldwide online show.

An opportunity to perform in front of relevant music executives, filmmakers, and a community of music lovers’ during the BlackStar Music Concert(BMC); a music event for budding artists, as part of the BSIFF programming.

You get a timeslot-as long as your music video- for any content you want to promote (e.g. personal messages, impressions, recent work etc.) during our digital and physical film screenings.

The best music video will receive a BSIFF trophy.

The festival itself is widely promoted, and it is the only festival in Ghana and West Africa, focusing on music videos too regardless of budget. Your music video being accepted into BSIFF brings a lot of good reputation.

You and your team members are welcome to join the opening and award ceremony, taking place in the evening of August 18 and 22, respectively.

The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) intends to use its platform to showcase independent filmmakers, artists, and musicians to diverse audiences, focusing on celebrating the awe and joy brought by the marriage between music and moving images.

Other categories open for submission include documentary film, feature film, short film, student film, women in film, animated film, Africa rising, and Ghanaian films (Odehye3 category).

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Black Star International Film Festival: Call For Submissions

The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) is a not-for-profit festival that seeks to create global connections through film and help bridge the gap between African cinema and the world. The festival is now accepting submissions for its 2021 edition. Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2021.

Focused on the business of film and industry advocacy, the festival is committed to giving you the best development experience and networking opportunities. BSIFF provides a platform to meet with fellow filmmakers, talents, and distributors, and attend daily workshops and panels designed to broaden your understanding of all aspects of the film industry.

BSIFF’s home is Accra, the capital of Ghana. BSIFF offers cultural experiences to all festival participants to showcase the wonders of Ghana.

Award Categories for BSIFF include:

– Best Documentary

– Best Feature film: Should be a minimum of 60 min.

– Best Short Film: Film should be less than 60 min.

– Best Student Film: This category is set to award student filmmakers thus, the film must be made entirely by students. Evidence of a student card and an email confirmation from a head of the department is a must.

– Best Women in Film: Film must have a predominantly female crew. Either the Producer, Director, Cinematographer, and/or Writer must be a woman. Any three of the above.

– Best Animation: An animated film from any part of the world.

– Africa Rising: Film that connects to the special story of Africa and stories that highlight special issues peculiar to the continent of Africa.

– The ‘Odehye3’: To award the next generation of Ghanaian filmmakers. Films must have predominantly Ghanaian crew. Either the Producer, Director, Cinematographer, and/or Writer must be Ghanaian.

– Best Music Video (New): To award music videos worldwide, that have strong story-telling, conceptualization, and film production. We accept music video submissions from all over the world. Music Videos must be under 10 minutes and from any year regardless of budget, popularity, or language.

Click here for BSIFF’s terms and conditions and to submit your film.

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BSIFF 2019 OPENS

The Black Star International film Festival opens today with a cocktail screening and discussions with the filmmakers of our opening films, Nirvana from Ghana and ‘life in my shoe’ from Uganda.

Nirvana premieres on the 21st August at 6pm while ‘Life in my shoe’ premieres on 22nd August at 3:30pm; both at the Silverbird Cinemas.

All BSIFF films start screening from 11am each day. Tickets available at venues, DSTV headoffice and tradeupmarket.com.

Please find the festival and film schedule here

You may email us at info@blackstarinternationalfilmfestival.org

After watching films, learning, or networking at the panel sessions, make sure to get your tickets for the music concert which happens Friday at the Silver Star Towers.

We take the opportunity to welcome our guest from Nigeria, Brazil, Uganda, Kenya, France, the United States and all 28 countries.

Enjoy your stay in Ghana and let’s have the biggest film party to hit GH!

The Black Star International Film Festival is Connecting Cultures through film in 2019; join us to help launch Ghana as the a film hub in the region

MR. DANNY GLOVER AT BSIFF 2019

Popular American actor and film director; Danny Glover was at the African Film Market; a Black Star International Film Festival 2019 event, to show support to the festival.

During his brief stay at the event, Mr. Glover took the opportunity to share some thoughts with the participants. Amongst other things, he encouraged African filmmakers to tell stories that Africans (both in and outside Africa) identify with and also to collaborate with fellow filmmakers from other African countries. He said, ‘Wakanda may be a great vision, but what about the great Ashanti Kingdom?’

He also expressed excitement at seeing young filmmakers gathered to enhance their careers and ‘make a difference’ in the industry.

The event, held at the Oak Plaza Hotel (East Airport) on 22nd August 2019 provided a platform for filmmakers, distributors, investors and other stakeholders of the film industry to meet, learn, network and do business. It was attended by several people of different nationalities.

The subjects discussed at the panel sessions include were:

  1. Co-productions:

Panel

–          Mawuko Kuadzi (Casting Director and CEO of MK Casting),

–          Cecil Sunkwa (MD of Multichoice Ghana)

–          Dr. Chidia Maduekwe (MD of Nigerian Film Commission)

–          Juliet Asante (CEO of Eagle Productions and Founding President of BSIFF)

–          Christian Epps (Founder of Light, Camera, Diaspora)

  1. VOD/SVOD: Opportunities for African Filmmakers

Panel:

–          Aaron Olayemi (Head of VAS, Mobile and Digital Content Distribution Anglophone West Africa at TRACE)

–          Funmi Onoma (Country Manager of Silverbird Cinemas, Ghana)

–          Honeil Jelani Nelson (Founding President and CEO of Atlanta Blackstar)

–          Donisha Prendergast (Filmmaker, Storyteller and Activist)

  1. Film Financing

Panel:

–          Eugene Odame (Business of Film lecturer at the National Film and Television Institute)

–          Roberta Annan (Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Impact Fund for African Creatives)

2019 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

After four days of great events and activities including the Opening Ceremony, Masterclass class with Christian Epps, the African Film market and panel sessions, and the Blackstar Music Concert (BMC), the Yaa Asantewaa Awards Night 2019 happened on 24th August, 2019 at the Snap Cinema inside the Accra Metropolitan Assembly Headoffice.

It was a night of fun with cultural, musical and poetry performances attended by diplomats, actors, film directors, film lovers and several industry players from in and outside Ghana.

The Black Star International Film Festival wishes to once again congratulate all filmmakers whose films made it to the 2019 Official selection list and particularly those who won awards on the night.

Below is the list of winners at the Yaa Asantewaa Awards 2019:

Best Documentary (USA) The money Stone by Stuart Harmon

Best Feature (USA) The House Invictus by Uche Aguh

Best Short (GHANA) Nirvana by Richard Governor Owusu

Women in Film (NIGERIA) Oriki by Nkiru Njoku

Best Student Film (SOUTH AFRICA) Nomvula by Jason Maselle and Advik Beni

Africa Rising (GERMANY) Divine419: Hawkers Hustle by Johannes Krug

Best Animation ( GHANA) Azumah:The Ghanaian Hero by Nii Ofei Kyei Dodoo (Indegene BROS)

2020 FILM SUBMISSIONS OPENS

The Black Star International Film Festival set to open film submissions for 2020

The biggest film festival in Ghana, the Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF) is set to open submissions for films into the Festival for the year 2020.

Submissions would open from the 16th December and close latest by the 20th March, 2020 at 11:59pm GMT. The categories for submission include:

– Documentary

– Feature film: Should be a minimum of 60 min.

– Short Film: Film should be less than 60 min.

– Student Film: This category is set to award student filmmakers thus, the film must be made entirely by students. Evidence of a student card and an email confirmation from a head of department is a must.

– Women in Film: Film must have a predominant female crew. Either the Producer, Director, Cinematographer and/or Writer must be a woman. Any three of the above.

– Animation: An animated film

– Africa Rising: Film that connects to the special story of Africa and stories that highlight special issues peculiar to the continent of Africa.

– The ‘Odehye3’ Award: To award the next generation of Ghanaian filmmakers. Films must have predominantly Ghanaian crew. Either the Producer, Director, Cinematographer and/or Writer must be Ghanaian.

Aside from the astounding cash prizes to be won, BSIFF offers an intimate international community experience in which filmmakers’, film buffs and industry professionals mingle and sit side by side in screening rooms to discover emerging filmmakers who have compelling stories to tell.

The Black Star International Film Festival is going into its fifth year and focused on the business of film, the Festival has in four years, become a growing festival on the continent, attracting top level acts, distributors, filmmakers, agents and press.

BSIFF is known for not compromising on the quality standards of films that make it into the Festival and as such, that reputation would be strictly maintained in the coming year, 2020.

Filmmakers can use the following platforms to submit their films:

– Film freeway : https://filmfreeway.com/bsiff

– Festhome: https://festivals.festhome.com