We’re thrilled to share with you the incredible highlights from the recent Black Women Film Network Summit held in Atlanta, GA on Friday, March 22nd and Saturday, March 23rd. This event served as a powerful celebration of the talent, resilience, and achievements of African American women and nonbinary film and television directors, including those within our esteemed Alliance of Women Directors community.

From thought-provoking panel discussions to inspiring keynote addresses, the summit provided a platform for insightful conversations on representation, storytelling, and navigating the complexities of the entertainment industry. Attendees were treated to a diverse array of perspectives and insights from industry leaders, emerging talents, and seasoned veterans, fostering a spirit of collaboration, mentorship, and empowerment.

We’re particularly proud to announce that AWD’s Executive Director, Melanie Mack, played a significant role as a speaker on the Unions and Organizations panel, sharing invaluable insights into industry collaboration, advocacy, and advancing the representation of women and nonbinary filmmakers.

Additionally, the summit honored a remarkable lineup of trailblazers and rising stars, including Lena Waithe, Christine Swanson, Amber Rasberry, Raamla Mohamed, Mona Scott-Young, and Gael Bean. Their contributions and achievements serve as an inspiration to us all, highlighting the diverse talents and narratives within our industry.

The summit also featured screenings of films created by African American women and nonbinary directors, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of stories and experiences that often go unseen in mainstream cinema. These screenings underscored the importance of diverse representation and served as a testament to the power of storytelling to inspire, educate, and provoke change.

In addition to celebrating achievements, the summit provided invaluable networking opportunities for attendees to connect, collaborate, and forge new relationships NBCUniversal Launch, AspireTV+ among others. Participants left the summit with a renewed sense of purpose and a strengthened sense of community.

Overall, the Black Women Film Network Summit in Atlanta, GA, was a resounding success, leaving our AWD directing members inspired, empowered, and equipped with the tools and connections to continue making strides in the industry. It served as a powerful reminder of the importance of amplifying the voices and stories of women and nonbinary individuals in film and television and reaffirmed our commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable entertainment landscape.


  1. Thank you for sharing this information and d keeping me abreast of the activities facilitated by you. You certainly continue to represent Women in the Industry and give opportunities for us in other capacities.

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