The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Short Film Contest is back for a third year and submissions are welcome now through December 14. This year’s contest  asks you to use the power of the documentary to show us how the modern day Black family looks, exists and grows in today’s society. Filmmakers are invited to submit a documentary showing their most creative interpretations of the theme “Modern Black Family,” in shorts no longer than 20 minutes.

The winner will accept their award in the company of A-listers during the 9th annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon being held on February 25, 2016. An ESSENCE-selected portion of the film will also be screened during the luncheon, where previous guests have included such trailblazers as  Taraji P. Henson, Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Lupita N’yongo, Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, and others. The winner’s journey will also be chronicled on, as have previous winners Stefani Saintonge (Seventh Grade) and Iman Milner (Love Escapes Us)

The deadline for submissions is December 14th. Click here for more info and catch up with last year’s winner, Iman Milner, below.

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