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Film Festivals Showcase Multicultural Perspectives

June 1, 2015 - Local film festivals, speaking series, and call for submissions abound in June.

Commissioner Cynthia López will take part in the upcoming Personally Speaking series, which features prominent people who help shape the nonprofit, philanthropic, civic, and business sectors in New York City. The June 3 event will focus on leadership and business in the arts. Our panelists will include: Tamir Muhammad, Director of Content and Artist Development, Time Warner, Inc.; and Martha Diaz, Community Organizer, Media Producer, and Adjunct Professor at New York University's Gallatin School. The evening's moderator will be Edwin Torres, Deputy Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. To learn more and to RSVP, visit

Brooklyn Film Festival
Running through June 7, this year’s Brooklyn Film Festival is comprised of 108 features and shorts from 26 countries. The festival seeks to provide a public forum in the borough to advance public interest in films and promote artistic excellence. For more information, visit

American Black Film Festival
The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) is a four-day event dedicated to showcasing quality films and television content by and about people of African descent, taking place June 11-14. In addition to film screenings,  the ABFF presents numerous events and networking activities designed to educate, nurture career development, and inspire festival attendees. To learn more, visit

Lower East Side Film Festival
The Lower East Side Film Festival celebrates its five year anniversary this year, showcasing the best and brightest in low-budget and innovative independent filmmaking from all across the globe in features, shorts, documentaries, international, animation, and music videos. The festival runs from June 11-21. Visit to learn more.

Call for Entries: Urbanworld
The Urbanworld Film Festival, which celebrates the multicultural community in cinema, is currently seeking film and screenplay submissions for its 19th edition. The deadline is June 5. For more information, visit