Hamilton Black film festival to showcase ‘BIPOC talent’

Paize Usiosefe

HAMILTON –  Hamilton’s first annual Black film festival will showcase ” a wide range of BIPOC talent ” in its inaugural series May 28-30

Paize Usiosefe,  the Nigeria-born founder of the  festival,  said the works of 22 Canadian filmmakers will be presented  along with films from the United States and Africa.

“The festival’s roster will be composed entirely of films created by or starring BIPOC people,”  said Usiosefe, the Hamilton-based film producer.

” Our intention was to show the films in the Westdale cinema but due to the  COVID pandemic, screenings will be virtual, ” he said

Usiosefe noted that being an artist in Hamilton comes with its own challenges such as “a  lack of financial support and a dearth of opportunities.”

But with the Hamilton Black Film Festival,  he hopes to create a place “where BIPOC filmmakers can shine.”