International Black Film Festival of Nashville Celebrates 11 Years This October

The 11th Annual International Black Film Festival of NASHVILLE will be held October 5-8 at various locations throughout the city. To purchase festival passes, please visit ibffevents.com. The IBFF is honored to announce the highly anticipated, critically acclaimed feature film "Marshall" as the Opening Night Film. Directed by Academy Award Nominee, Reginald Hudlin, "Marshall" chronicles significant events of the life of Attorney Thurgood Marshall before being appointed as the first African American Supreme Court Justice. "Marshall" screens as the Opening Night Film on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm on The Johnson on the campus on the campus of Belmont University. The will be a live Skype Q&A immediately following the screening with Director Reginald Hudlin.

Throughout the 4-day event, the festival will serve the full spectrum of the industry by providing a venue to showcase the work of filmmakers from around the globe. Patrons will have the opportunity to view unreleased, independent and studio films, participate in industry-level workshops, master classes, industry parties, and high profile red carpet events with celebrity appearances.

"We are excited to have such an amazing lineup for the 2017 festival," says founder Hazel Joyner Smith. "We are expecting filmmakers and patrons from all over the world to touchdown in NASHVILLE in just a couple of weeks. Screening the highly anticipated feature film 'Marshall' as the Opening Night Film is a special honor, as Justice Thurgood Marshall did significant work right here in NASHVILLE for the local office of the NAACP as well as at the prestigious Fisk University."

The 11th Annual International Black Film Festival of NASHVILLE is sponsored by Urban Movie Channel, Tennessee Entertainment Commission, The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Belmont University, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, NASHVILLE Convention & Visitors Bureau, SAG-AFTRA and more.

About IBFFN Through THE ART OF film, the International Black Film Festival of NASHVILLE (IBFFN) celebrates rich, diverse and creative storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progress and education of communities worldwide. Established in 2006, IBFFN is a collaboration of dedicated professionals who support the need for a community effort to bring diverse communities together to showcase their work as emerging and skilled independent filmmakers, actors, composers, screenwriters, directors and other film industry professionals. With "Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image" as its organizational theme, IBFFN strives to ensure culturally accurate depictions in film with special emphasis on providing a forum for unheard, unseen and unknown viewpoints, and showcasing the multitude of experiences presented in local, national and international communities of color.

With the support of sponsors, corporate partners, the community, the International Black Film Festival maintains its relevance to the creative, educational, and socially conscious communities around the globe. Please visit www.ibffevents.com for event details.

About "Marshall" As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case.

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