Photo Flash: NBCUniversal Short Cuts Film Festival
Earlier this week, Wil Sylvince, founder of Short Cuts Film Festival, brought the crowds out to the School of Visual Arts Theater. The two-day film festival is part of NBCUniversal's Diversity Initiative. Between the discussion panel and two nights of screenings the School of Visual Arts was packed and filled with industry executives, comedians, film makers, directors, and many fans. Check out photos of the event below!
The hosts of the event Hannibal Buress, former staff writer of the hit shows 30 Rock and SNL, and Sherrod Small from VH1's Best Week Ever, kept the crowd entertained throughout the night.
Many walked the red carpet and showed Sylvince support including, Kyle Grooms, from the Chappelle's Show,Finesse Mitchell, from the Disney Channel's A.N.T. Farm, Rob Stapleton, from BET's ComicView, and Wendy McKenzie, casting director and acting coach.
The NBCUniversal Short Cuts Film Festival will continue to promote diversity and education in the film industry with the two-day final festival taking place on October 22nd and 23rd to showcase the finalist's films. The event will take place in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild of America Theater. An educational discussion panel will be held on the first day of the event and the chosen finalists will showcase and screen their films on the second day taking place on October 23rd.
This year the festival was the largest it has ever been in eight years! Sylvince says, "This is the first year the event is 3 days, two in New York, and one in Los Angeles. There is such great talent out there, but there is a greater need of a platform for these artists to display their work."
For more information on the event and finalists visit http://nbcshortcuts.com/index.htmlhttp://nbcshortcuts.com/index.html.
Photo credit: Linda Turely
Shane O' Brien, SR. Director of Programming, CHILLER, Rashad Ernesto Green, Director/ Writer, Moderator Cari Champion, Host of ESPN "First Take", Karen Horne VP, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion NBC Entertainment and Universal Television, Wil Sylvince, Comedian/Founder of Short Cuts Film Festival
Wil Sylvince and Hannibal Buress