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February 13, 2022
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The virtual experience will be hosted on Cvent; Registration is now open at

(Black PR Wire) - ATLANTA - Black Women Film Network (BWFN), celebrating 25 years of preserving the voices of Black women in film and television, will host its annual BWFN Summit on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM EST. For the second consecutive year, the BWFN Summit will be hosted on the Cvent Attendee Hub, and will take place as a free virtual experience during Women’s History Month. The half-day event will feature panels, master classes and fireside chats by industry experts. Registration is now open at

The theme this year is “The Shoulders We Stand On: Celebrating 25 Years of BWFN Legacy.” With nearly 40 speakers representing top brands such as iHeartMedia, WME, ALLBLK, Netflix, Lifetime, Impact Partners and more, the BWFN Summit is continuing a decades-long tradition of elevating Black women in the arts and entertainment through education, resources and networking.

The 2022 BWFN Summit also welcomes the return of the BWFN Book Festival, a curated roundtable of accomplished authors dedicated to uplifting and preserving Black culture through storytelling and information.

Finally, BWFN will present its long-running Scholarship Program with several $1,000 awards going to college students pursuing careers in film and television. 

“Twenty-five years ago, my Georgia State University film teacher told me the world needed to hear stories told by Black women,” says Sheryl Gripper, who founded BWFN in 1997 in Atlanta. “He asked what I was going to do about it. With the help of a visionary group of women, I formed the Black Women Film Network. That vision continues today with the leadership of our 25th Anniversary Board Chair Saptosa Foster.”

“I truly believe there’s no better time to be a Black woman in film and television than today,” says BWFN Board Chair Saptosa Foster. “More than ever, Black women are leading, producing and directing the stories we’ve been wanting to see for decades. This is the vision our founder Sheryl Gripper imagined 25 years ago. And while we haven’t yet fully realized that vision, providing experiences like the BWFN Summit gives us hope that one day Black women will not have to struggle to find their rightful place in film and tv.”

To register for FREE to attend the BWFN Summit, visit

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