MECCAcon International Film Festival, founded in 2014, highlights independent short films starring & from creators of the African diaspora. Short films are primary, but feature films have been added as well. We always have some of the best filmmakers in the industry that participate. We believe in showcasing GREATNESS to the public eye! Registration is officially open for the 2018 season. Apply today. Details and schedule are below. All applications must be in by December 15, 2018.
Filmmakers in the past have included but aren’t limited to:
Jackie J Stone, Yolonda Ross, James Bland, Darius Clark Monroe, Evita Castine, Ka’ramuu Kush, dream hampton, Derek Dow, Xavier L Burgin, Donnie Leapheart, Eliciana Nascimento, Nosa Igbideon, Korstiaan Vandiver, Dehanza Rogers, Zo!, the Seals brothers, Jumai Yusuf, Jon-Carlos Evans, and many more.
2017 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:
Short films are to be no longer than 40 minutes long, unless approved. Main characters are to be of the African diaspora.
Some films are only shown at one festival, others are shown at multiple. Many films will also be chosen to be featured in the #MECCAconSubBox, as well.
Applications are only $35 for one film, or $60 for 2 films. (2 film limit/season)
Payments are non- refundable.
Application fee does not guarantee acceptance into film festival. It is for your film to be viewed by the judging staff and considered.
Film submissions are to be digital submissions only, unless notified.
Please include the following:
Digital download : vimeo, youtube, etc, unless notified for a physical copy
Film poster, with laurels, if applicable
The description of film, short and/or long
Bio/headshot, website, email of filmmaker if it is the person who is submitting
Tentative schedule for 2018:
#BSAMstl2018, Feb 1,
Missouri History Museum
#BSAMatl2018, Feb 10,
Auburn Avenue Research Library for African American Culture
#BSAMdc2018, March 30-31
University of D.C. / Howard University
#BSAMnyc2018, April 14
The New School, Manhattan, NY
#BSAMghana2018, August 2018 (tba)
ChaleWote festival, Jamestown, Accra, Ghana
#MECCAcon2018, September 15
Detroit Public Library (MAIN) / N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
#BSAMtoronto2018, October 2018 (tba)
Merrill Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy / Toronto Public Library
For submission applications and other info, please contact Maia Crown Williams,
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics & Arts- MECCAcon
Black Speculative Arts Movement- BSAM
for all info/details:: http://MECCAcon.wordpress.com/indiefilmfest
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held annually in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture. It is my mission to make sure that children know that all “heroes” do not look the same, that many actually look just like THEM. It is also important to learn the origin of comic books, what the historical facts come from, and what the word “hero” actually derives from.
Unlike many “comic cons”, we don’t just focus only on comic books. Art has several mediums, and we want to highlight them all. MECCAcon will highlight comics, international/independent film, Afrofuturism, science fiction, steampunk, fine art, music, graffiti, dj artists, handmade artisans, African belly dance, urban gardening, fashion, African martial arts, and more.
Along with the comic book convention, we also have a full international film festival that runs all day along with the comic con. Since we introduced the film festival to MECCAcon in 2015, we have had award winning filmmaker Ka’ramuu Kush curate! as well as prominent indie filmmakers such as Jackie “J.J.” Stone, Evita Castine, dream hampton, Nosa Igbinedion, Omar DISTRKT Jones, Yolonda Ross, Dehanza Daye Rogers, Korstiaan Vandiver, Abdul Ndadi, Peter Tukei Muhumuza, Donnie Leapheart, Tony Patrick, Pete Chatmon, Yolonda Ross, Jay Sweet, Roye Okupe, Zwelesizwe Ntui, Bobby Huntley, and many more.
While comic books are the main focus, we want to make sure that ALL forms of art are highlighted. Our international independent film festival is a huge part of this event. We highlight independent films from creators of the African diaspora. Short films are primary, but feature films have been added as well. Each year is centered around a different theme.
At the end of the day, art is and always will be ART, creative expression.
Bring the ENTIRE family!
Celebrate the HERU in YOU!
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts – MECCA, or “MECCAcon”, is a division of Amonyet Enterprises. The organization was founded October 2013, by founder and CEO, Maia “CROWN” Williams.