S.O.U.L Film Festival joins forces with the American Black Film Festival for its 2022 run of celebrating the most exciting Black filmmakers and creatives.
S.O.U.L Film Festival, now in its fourth year, takes place between 16 – 18 September at the BFI Southbank in London and this time, they’re partnering with veteran Black filmmaker champions, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
For 26 years, ABFF has led the charge to champion the work of content creators of African descent in America and are now recognised as a cornerstone of diversity in Hollywood, providing a platform for the early works of Black talent including Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Halle Berry (Bruised) and Issa Rae (Insecure).
As in previous years, S.O.U.L Film Festival, which is co-founded by The British Blacklist, S.O.U.L Film Festival and We Are Parable, will host screenings, panel discussions and networking events.
Excitingly, this year’s festival will feature an exclusive preview screening of the highly anticipated “The Silent Twins”, starring Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance as the titular siblings who only communicated with each other. The film, based on the best-selling book and due in cinemas later in the year, will be shown as part of S.O.U.L Film Festival on Saturday 17 September.
S.O.U.L Film Festival co-founder, Iyare Igiehon, said: “We’re delighted to welcome The Silent Twins to S.O.U.L Film Fest. It makes it all the more special, with two of the UK’s finest actresses in dramatic roles that will be sure to engage audiences.”
Another highlight of the festival will see an “in conversation with” segment with ABFF founders Jeff and Nicole Friday who will be sharing their 26-year journey to create a path to Hollywood; and the international opportunities that now exist for Black British filmmakers who are trying to get their work made and seen.
“We’re delighted to welcome The Silent Twins to S.O.U.L Film Fest”
Commenting on the partnership, Igiehon said: “We are delighted to partner with the ABFF, an organisation we have long admired and been inspired by. We established S.O.U.L. Fest with an ethos of community and have found that Jeff and Nicole Friday and the wider ABFF team share our values and desire to forge links across the African diaspora. This collaboration will bring about greater experiences for audiences, open up opportunities for the talent, supporting and further strengthening the UK as a node on the global Black cinematic network.”
The best shorts of the year highlighting Black British filmmaking talent will be screened with a special S.O.U.L Fest awards ceremony. In addition to screenings, the festival will collaborate with BBC Comedy in a special masterclass which provides insight on commissioning, producing and delivering comedy projects for the broadcaster.
Visit the official S.O.U.L Fest website to see the full line-up of the festival here.