Amazon Sponsors Diversity Panel At “ADCOLOR” Conference Featuring Founder of Black Girl Film School

November 15 15:36 2022

Los Angeles, CA – Nov 15, 2022 – Jayda Imanlihen, founder of Black Girl Film School (BGFS), will headline a panel at the Amazon-sponsored Mainstage of the ADCOLOR Conference on Saturday, November 19, in Los Angeles. 

Imanlihen will lead a session titled “The Future of Filmmaking with Black Girl Film School” and will share the mainstage with Latasha Gillespie, executive head of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Amazon Studios, Amazon Prime Video, and IMDb, and with Mariama Diallo who directed the Regina Hall starrer “Master,” produced by Amazon Studios. 

“We’re paving the way for an incredible rise in underrepresented voices. Our aim is to create a pipeline of success for Black women in the film industry. Black Girl Film School’s impact in shaping the future leaders in Hollywood will be something to watch out for,” said Imanlihen. 

The talk will touch upon a unique collaboration between Amazon Studios and BGFS which resulted in the formation of a Directing Masterclass focused on the work of the aforementioned director, Diallo. The session will hone in on BGFS’s online film production and digital literacy programs, helping to reshape the way girls think about learning STEAM-related topics. It will also expound upon the impact of diverse perspectives and voices behind the camera, as well as what the future of film can look like. 

The ADCOLOR Conference is presented by Amazon, Disney, Google / YouTube, and Meta. It is touted as the premier organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries. The theme for this year’s conference, “Still Rising,” pertains to building on the momentum of the DE&I investments and the progress seen over the last two years, which has reshaped industries and affirmed the need for inclusion. It runs from November 17 to 20. 

Black Girl Film School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational foundation based in Los Angeles. It offers a robust, inclusive learning community for girls and young women of diverse backgrounds. BGFS students are taught the necessary skills that include craft as well as the business of filmmaking while fostering an environment of thoughtful collaboration. Its programs are offered virtually and free of charge, and a number of its alum have gone on to achieve recognition and success at the college and university level and beyond.

To register for the ADCOLOR conference, please visit: https://adcolor.org/conference/

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ABOUT BLACK GIRL FILM SCHOOL

The mission of Black Girl Film School (BGFS) is to increase the number of Black women working and leading in the film, TV, and media industries by designing inclusive learning experiences for girls 13-17 to learn filmmaking and technical skills from behind the camera. Its immersive 12-week courses are designed to be a fun and engaging way to help girls in underserved communities learn skills they need to apply to college and pursue a career path in this field. Visit: https://blackgirlfilmschool.com.

ABOUT ADCOLOR

ADCOLOR® is a not-for-profit 501(c) (6) organization whose mission is to celebrate and champion diversity in the creative industries. First, we help individuals and organizations RISE UP, letting their accomplishments and ideas shine. Then we teach these new leaders and would-be-mentors how to REACH BACK and find others who deserve to be noticed and promoted. Our goal is to create a community of diverse professionals who are here to support and uplift one another. Learn more by visiting www.adcolor.org.

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