It was announced last December that Run&Shoot Filmworks’ Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival (MVAAFF) has been approved by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for Short Film Awards. Short Films that receive the MVAAFF Best Short Film award may now be eligible to enter the Academy’s Short Film competition for the concurrent season.
This is a first for the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival and takes the 16-year old film festival to new and exciting heights.
“We are honored and ecstatic to have the Academy recognize us as a qualifying festival” said Floyd Rance, co-founder of the MVAAFF.” “For the past 17-years, we’ve produced the MVAAFF with the primary goal of providing a positive environment where African American filmmakers can share their thoughts, ideas, and aspirations. Now, we are thrilled to add that we can offer recipients of our Best Short Film award the possibility of being considered in the Short Film category of the Academy Awards®, provided their films otherwise comply with the Academy rules.”
About Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival
Established in 2002, the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAAFF) is a five- day event where independent and established African American filmmakers can showcase, screen and promote emerging feature, documentary, and short films from across the world. The brainchild of husband and wife team, Floyd and Stephanie Rance, the MVAAFF provides a nurturing environment for African American filmmakers to test their creativity, while providing sponsors a captive audience to promote their brands among a highly discerning community of people of color.