Our 2021 Gala: The Ties That Bind celebrated our aspiring filmmakers’ hard work and debuted the films created during this summer’s animation program.
This year’s Screening & Awards Ceremony brought together industry luminaries, Hollywood celebrities, students, family, alumni, and friends to celebrate the achievements of the last year. Students saw their films premiere before an audience of industry leaders and received awards for their films during the ceremony, such as “Best World Building” or “Best Editing.” This year’s event took place virtually.
This year’s celebration wouldn’t have been the same without the fabulous Zuri Hall hosting a wonderful evening celebrating our aspiring filmmakers and their achievements. Zuri is an Emmy Award winning TV host, actress + writer—who currently serves up personality packed with charisma, empathy & insight on NBC’s Access Hollywood and American Ninja Warrior.
In addition to student awards, each year we present someone with our Changemaker Award to recognize their efforts to promote a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Hollywood. Past recipients have included LaToya Morgan (2020), Jaeden Martell (2019), Emilio Rivera (2018), Elgin James (2017), and Iris Grossman (2016). And our 2021 Changemaker Award goes to…
This year, NAACP Award-Winning Actor, NY Times Best-Selling Author, Philanthropist, Humanitarian, Social Activist, Hill Harper was selected as our 2021 Changemaker Award recipient! Hill’s efforts and success to implement real and meaningful social advancement through prominent academia, business, and activism projects are vital to our mission and underscore what it means to be a Film2Future Changemaker.
Thank you to our guest speakers and talent who attended our sixth annual Screening and Awards Ceremony.
Using the theme “The Ties That Bind” as inspiration, our aspiring filmmakers created six animatics examining community, culture, and family.