Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Attention aspiring filmmakers!

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is proud to announce the 2nd edition of the 72-Hour Film Challenge presented in partnership with The Home Depot’s “Retool Your School Program.” Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) filmmakers, currently enrolled students and alums, are invited to create unique and entertaining short films about The Home Depot’s “Retool Your School Program”. The Challenge is currently underway and will be presented in three phases with first round judging conducted by members of AAFCA.

The finalists and winner will then be selected by a panel made up of some of the most successful behind the scenes players in Hollywood: Candice Wilson Olensky, the Vice President, Acquisitions & Development at Codeblack Films; director, Carl Seaton (“The Chi,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Dynasty”); producer, Quincy Newell, Chief Content Officer at Reign and writer/producer Wendy Calhoun (“Empire,” “Nashville” and “Revenge”).

The winner of the film challenge will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles and the honor of accepting their award at the tenth AAFCA Awards on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. They will also receive  an opportunity to meet with some of the industry’s leading talent and creative representatives.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with The Home Depot for the AAFCA 72-Hour Film Challenge,” says AAFCA president, Gil Robertson. “The 72-Hour Film Challenge builds on one of our core missions to provide exposure to promising content creators. The contest will also generate greater visibility for The Home Depot’s “Retool Your School Program,” which provides our nation’s HBCUs with much-needed resources to make upgrades to their campuses.” 

All submissions will be judged based on story content, creativity, uniqueness, ingenuity and technical abilities. The top three finalists will be given a gift card to shop for supplies and materials needed for their shoot at a local Home Depot. They will then be required to create a three-to-five-minute film short that will be judged to determine a winner. All contest guidelines and rules can be found on AAFCA’s website