The Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) was launched in April 2015. Our mission, then and now, remains to identify, inspire and prepare the next generation of African-American filmmakers as they continue to influence, craft, and develop the evolving images of African-American people in cinema.

A GuideStar Silver Level of Transparency 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FAAAF continues to strive to reach its goal to be the “Vanguard of the African-American Film Movement.” We continue to solicit support from our corporate partners and donors to support our mission and its two signature programs, Reel Kids and the Producer’s Institute., FAAAF has created several exciting arts initiatives to support our fundraising and charitable efforts.

Established in 2000, The Black Reel Awards annually celebrate the films and performances of African-American and people of African descent. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Black Reel Award. The awards, first presented in 2000 in Washington, DC, are overseen by FAAAF.

The Foundation created a television award in 2017, known as the Black Reel Awards for Television. The awards honor performers, programs, directors, and writers over 27 categories in drama, comedy, music, documentaries, and TV Movie or Limited Series. The TV Movie or Limited Series categories, which previously were honored as part of the Black Reel Awards were moved to the television awards.

Also that same year, the Foundation launched the Lakefront Film Festival (LFF). The three-day event spotlights independent film, and features talk series, panels, and major studio premieres. Lakefront Film Fest ’22 will take place August 10-13, 2022. Beginning in September 2021, the festival will launch its “Virtual Cinema,” which will stream on our festival platform hosted by Eventive. Our festival programmers will curate a selection of contemporary and vintage independent films for audiences.

Finally, LFF will host two quarterly “mini-fests, one in October (One Night Frights) and the other in February (Love in Different Hues). Both events will give us additional opportunities to program to our audience and provide audiences with quality programming curated by our knowledgeable staff.

We ask for your support and assistance as we truly continue to “augment” our cinematic footprint.

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