By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSThe U.S. has long struggled to find a new way to showcase the country’s diverse ethnicities and nationalities.
Now, the lack of film-making opportunities has led to an increasing demand for documentaries that offer a glimpse into the lives of people of different races, religions, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations.
The first-ever African-American film festival, the U.N.-backed National African American Film Festival, launched on Monday in Brooklyn, New York, and is scheduled to expand in 2017.
The International Black Film Festival is scheduled for its fourth consecutive year in 2017 in New York.
There are many reasons why film festivals have been struggling to find audiences.
But the one that’s most frustrating is that there’s very little opportunity for audiences to get involved in the production process, said Steve Krasner, the founder of the National African-Asian American Film Commission.
In the past, he said, people wanted to see the story, not see the film.
That’s why African-Americans have been so hesitant to come out to see films in the U and around the world.
“That’s why they don’t come out, because they don) want to be seen, to see if they are good,” Kras.
“So they don.t come out.”
To combat that, the National Association of Black Journalists recently created the National Black Film Festivals Program, which includes scholarships and mentoring programs for filmmakers and film school students.
The program aims to help young filmmakers and filmmakers with a variety of skills and experiences, including writing, directing, producing and editing, Kras said.
“I think there is a real need for diversity in the film industry, and there are a lot of opportunities,” he said.
The National African Asian American Film Fest was created to provide an opportunity for the nation’s most diverse and historically underserved communities to come together, said Terence K. Jones, the executive director of the Association.
“There’s a lot to be said about creating the space for our communities to be heard and that they have an opportunity to speak up,” he told the Associated Press.
In many ways, the festival is similar to the National Council of Black Colleges’ “I Love You, Mr. President” campaign, which aims to give black and brown college students a voice in higher education.
The annual conference brings together black and white alumni from the four major universities, as well as other black leaders and students from historically black colleges and universities.
The focus of the event is to “re-engage black and Latino audiences with black filmmakers, and to educate them about black film through storytelling and dialogue,” according to the website.
Krasner said that although the National American Film Awards, the annual film festival that was created in 1978, has been successful in attracting black and Hispanic filmmakers to attend, that has not been the case with African American filmmakers.
“African-American films are not a ‘must see,’ ‘must watch,’ or ‘must buy,'” he said in a statement.
“There are plenty of excellent films out there.”