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Three years ago when we launched our first programme, BLACK SCREEN FILM & VIDEO was a small festival that set out to make a big impact.

We knew that there was a screaming desire to champion the new talent amongst you, and to showcase culturally diverse independent films to a wider audience, but we didn't realise just how fulfilling it would be for us, and clearly for you.

This year we're back, bigger and better as they say, to celebrate and talk about the varied world of video and film-making. On offer this year are the Script to Screen Bursary Awards and we welcome prominent women in the industry to talk about, rail against and applaud life in the "Directors Chair". Our international screenings include the Best of Black Hollywood, World Shorts, and, if you've not yet seen 'Blackboards' by Iranian director Samira Makhamalbaf, come and see it here! Reviews of this winner at Cannes have been sensational: variously described as "astonishing", and "a masterly allegorical road movie".

We'd like to thank our many sponsors who have continued to support Black Screen from year one, showing unerring good judgement, and welcome those new this year. Very special thanks must go to the volunteers without whom the festival would not really happen. We hope you enjoy and can take full advantage of the workshops, and screenings throughout the week. Finally, a big "Thank you" to all our panel members and experts.


FESTIVAL TEAM - Cerith Hynam, Vanessa Kirkpatrick, Ruth Nichols, Monika Baker, Janet Brandon, Diane Bailey, Sarah Hughes, Vici Ladeji, E-Mello, Mike McArdle.

"Good luck for the third Black Screen Film and Video Festival 2001. Best wishes, Ang Lee" (Director of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon')