AfroComicCon Features a Virtual Short Film Festival

AfroComicCon 2020 International Virtual Film Festival

AfroComicCon has announced the AfroComicCon 2020 International Virtual Film Festival. A showcase of contemporary and interactive works of visual art showcasing films that reflect a number of genres including horror, science-fiction, comic book, animation, superhero and fantasy.

Nsenga Burton, Ph.D, Emory University Professor of Film and Media and founder of The Burton Wire heads up the festival and handpicked the jury of filmmakers, scholars, curators, and archivists. Judges include Emmy and NAACP Award-nominated director Christine Swanson, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of SloMo Magazine Carlton Hargro, film critic and author Ronda Rocha Penrice, filmmaker Booker T. Mattison, and writer, producer and director Phill Branch.

The topic related films and their filmmakers are focused on bringing about diversity and inclusion, with a special focus on women and POC. Please note only films that fell into the broad category of Afrofuturism and in the genre categories of science-fiction, speculative Black fiction, Horror, fantasy, Anime, superheroes, and comic books were considered for inclusion in the festival. 

Judging began on September 15th; and films that were finalists for the competition will be screened on AfroComicCon’s YouTube Channel, October 24, 2020, in addition to interviews and other programming. (Stay tuned for info about a Film Screening Watch Party as well!)


AfroComicCon​‘s 1st virtual convention will be held on October 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual event started in 2017 by the ​Oakland Technology & Education Center (OTEC), ​will be held virtually and free through a portal on the organization’s website. Sponsored by the NNPA, the ​Oakland A’s, and Pixar Entertainment, AfroComicCon promises to be a day full of exciting panels, screenings, entertainment, gaming, cosplay and special guests. The 12-hour event is currently slated to be live-streamed across multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook. You can register now.