Richard T. Fields has always loved movies. Born and raised in Prince George’s County, MD, the filmmaker’s work is influenced by his mix of military and Caribbean American upbringing. Through his films, he explores the concepts of family, love, and relationships. These themes are evident in his short video, Puppy Love, winner of the 2015 “My Community” Video Competition.
Since winning the competition, Fields has been blessed with several new filmmaking opportunities. His most recent short film Courting Lewis Baker currently tours the festival circuit as Fields begins preproduction of his highly anticipated feature film.
For the second year in a row, McDonald’s and the American Black Film Festival have teamed up to invite aspiring filmmakers like Fields to enter the “My Community” Video Competition. Filmmakers are challenged to create a 90-second video that illustrates the mantra, “Deeply Rooted in Your Community.”
“Without a doubt, this competition is a catalyst for introducing undiscovered talent to the industry-at-large,” said Jeff Friday,American Black Film Festival (ABFF) founder and CEO.
Filmmakers nationwide are encouraged to enter their best, original submissions by 11:59 p.m. ET April 15, 2016. Three finalists will be selected to attend the 20th annual American Black Film Festival in Miami, June 15 – 19 and have an exclusive opportunity to be mentored by critically-acclaimed film director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, Barbershop: The Next Cut), who will provide finalists with invaluable film industry tips and advice.
“There is so much great talent out there in the film industry and it’s always inspiring to connect with them and hopefully do my part to support the next generation of great filmmakers,” said Lee.
The submissions will be judged by a panel of industry experts and the top three short videos will premiere at the ABFF. Submissions will be critiqued on creativity, implementation of concept and quality. One finalist will take home the grand prize — a film equipment package valued at $2,500 and an opportunity to have their video featured on prominent websites, including 365Black.com and other media entities.
For more information about the competition and to submit entries, visit www.abff.com.