The Black Family Feature Film Prize

The Black Family Foundation has created a production fund of grants to be awarded annually to students whose film projects exemplify innovation in story, style and tone. The Foundation’s goal is to push the conversation of filmmaking forward and reward those filmmakers who can prove they have the vision and ability to do so.

The Black Family Film Prize will total $150,000 each year, and be awarded in three categories of filmmaking, as follows:

  • A single prize of $100,000 to be awarded each year to one 3rd or 4th year student or eligible alumnus/a for a Feature film. Alumni who have graduated within five years of the application deadline are eligible. 
  • $30,000, in sums of ten thousand dollars to three short Thesis films
  • $20,000 in sums of five thousand dollars to four 2nd Year films

The Black Family Film Prize applications will be announced each year in separate categories (Feature, Thesis and 2nd year) to students and alumni via email.

Announcing Our 2021 Black Family Feature Film Prize Winner

Rhys Marc Jones
Rhys Marc Jones

Rhys Marc Jones for Black Church Bay

Black Church Bay follows a respected deputy headteacher who must cover up his relationship with an 18-year-old student after the boy disappears.

Bio: Rhys Marc Jones is a British-Irish filmmaker who attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts as a three-time BAFTA Scholarship recipient. His award-winning student shorts played festivals worldwide and his latest short Father of the Bride was selected in competition for SXSW 2020. He is currently developing his debut feature Black Church Bay with BBC Film, following support from iFeatures and the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence. During the lockdown, he began work on his follow-up feature Dead Sheep's Wool, in early development with BFI Film Wales and the Torino Film Lab. In addition, Rhys received BFI Flare LGBTQ+ x BAFTA Crew Mentorship from Wash Westmoreland - and in 2021, he was selected for Berlinale Talents.

2019-20 Black Family Feature Film Prize Winner

Laurel Parmet
Laurel Parmet

Laurel Parmet for The Starling Girl
Written by Laurel Parmet  

The Starling Girl: A Christian fundamentalist teenager enters into an affair with a beloved church leader and pushes her sexual exploration to both exciting and disturbing ends, jeopardizing her place in her world.

Bio: Laurel Parmet is a 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Intensive fellow and has written and directed several award-winning short films; the latest, Kira Burning, premiered at SXSW in 2018 and screened at MoMA as part of the Future of Film is Female series. Her previous short film, Spring, screened at SXSW, Outfest, Palm Springs and continues to play around the world. Her upcoming feature debut The Starling Girl was workshopped at Sundance's Writers Intensive and Creative Producing Lab, has received support from IFP's Project Forum and NYU’s Production Lab, and was selected for NYU's 2019 Purple List. Her music videos have premiered on MTV and Spin, and put her on the shortlist for the Young Director Awards at the Cannes Lions Festival.