Festival Information

22nd AAWIC Film Festival 
New York


Red Carpet Opening Night

VIP Reception

Film Screening Program

22nd AAWIC FF Honorees


Nicole London

Nicole London is the Grammy-nominated Producer of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a major international documentary on the legendary musician Miles Davis.  Recent credits include AMERICAN MASTERS Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me, The Talk: Race in America, and 16 short films now playing in the Segregation Gallery of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. Three of her recent films have been nominated for NAACP Image Awards: Miles Davis: Birth of the CoolAMERICAN MASTERS August Wilson: The Ground On Which I Stand and Firelight Media’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the latter of which was also nominated for a 2016 Primetime Emmy.

Anita Sayago

Anita Sayago, owner and co-founder of EDANA Entertainment (with co-founder Eddie Luisi of Good Morning America in NYC). Ms. Sayago is also a feature film and digital series Producer with Black Ink Pictures and TnG Films under Director, Terence Gordon. In addition to her role as a Producer on the Youthful Ambition YA™ brand and digital cinema series, her recent Producing accomplishments include, Feature Documentary “What’s In A Name!” A Versace Story, Feature Films, “Calm Before,” “Michelle.” Ms. Sayago also works with top acts in the music industry that have been featured in  The Voice, Ryan Seacrest’s YouTube show, “Best.Cover.Ever,” Nick Carter’s “All American Tour, and more. Her artists have worked alongside the likes of Katy Perry, Ludacris, Elton John, and Simon Cowell.

Special Presentation by Hon. Jumanee Williams, New York Public Advocate

Special Screening Premiere of “What’s In A Name?: The Alfredo Versace Story”

Executive Producer(s): Terra Renee, Genna Gordon

Producer: Anita Sayago


“What’s In A Name!” A Versace Story” shows how Alfredo was raised from humble beginnings, built a fortune while helping to globalize the Versace brand only to be stripped of his name and have it all taken away. It will also depict how after Gianni Versace was murdered in Miami, Gianni’s sister Donatella Versace took over the company and won a lawsuit against Alfredo barring him from using his last name commercially.  The film is a TNG Films and Black ink Pictures that was Directed by award winner, Terence Gordon.

Question and answer segment to follow screening that will feature Mr. Alfredo Versace, Film Director, and Producers.





Moderator: Khaliah Angela Webster, CEO, Business Expert and Author of #Shewins

Khalilah Angela Webster is a dynamic media practioner holding expertise in the areas of Television & Film Production, Screenwriting, Acting, and Modeling. She is also an accomplished entrepreneur owning (2) education consulting firms and is co-founder/board member for (2) emerging not-for-profit organizations. Her diverse professional experience has made her the ultimate “connector” allowing her to deliver value and results in every arena she steps into. Her newest venture is the launch of her new book “#SheWins” A Womanpreneurs Guide to Mastering the Business Life Balance, which demonstrates her desire to educate, elevate, and inspire the entrepreneurial woman. Both Khalilah’s personal and professional journeys offer an eclectic blend of a life-long passion: the performing arts, tv media & radio, youth development, and the resiliency of the entrepreneurial spirit.

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Admission: $35.00



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*Special Discounted 22nd AAWIC FF All Access Passes for AAWIC Members, NYWIFT Members and New York Women Chamber of Commerce Members




Marketing your Film workshop!

Come learn the techniques of maximizing exposure for your Film!

Hosted by: Tam Lawrence

Ms. Lawrence is all about passion meeting purposes. Her career in public relations has gained the respect of pro Athletes, celebrities, political parties, and fortune 500 companies. Creating a voice beyond the brand. In addition, Ms. Lawrence has been pitching and sharing stories with journalists, reporters, producers and the like for over 13 years.

Admission: $29.00 (Includes E-book on Marketing as well as Media outreach list)

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Agent Panel-“Selling the Pitch”

A unique opportunity for Filmmakers, Actors, and Talent to gain insight on how to take your career to the next level. Meet the Agents!

Francesca Francois-Grimaldi
CEO & Senior Agent

An inner-city kid from south London, England, Francesca carried her Caribbean heritage with her to the US more than twenty years ago to go to school. After which she joined prominent representation company International Creative Management. After going through the famed agent training program at ICM she spent several years in Motion Pictures. She is the founding partner of Plaza 7 / Crystal Ship Artists Agency and founding member of the Crystal Ship Filmmaker program (a free, vetted program created for filmmakers, television and digital content creators). She continues to support diversity at all levels in the entertainment industry and especially at the highly coveted showrunner levels. She is Dance Theatre of Harlem alum, a member of African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) and the New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT).


TV & Film NYC Talent Agent

Christine is a TV & Film NYC Talent Agent with Plaza 7 Talent NY/ Crystal Ship Artist Talent & Literary Agency. With a professional background in television production, Christine has served thirteen years as a Personal Manager, representing Union and Non-Union actors of all ages before landing as a franchised agent.

Sharon Parker-Frazier
EVP Television and Film Production

A native New Yorker, born and raised on Manhattan’s Upper Westside and a UCLA graduate who got her start with NBC Television as a production associate for The Cosby Show, A Different World, and The Cosby Mysteries. Other production credits include Dick Wolf’s New York Under Cover, NBA Inside Sports, Showtime at The Apollo Theater and films Above the Rim, Die Hard 2. She has taught television and cinema studies in the NYC Public High Schools and curated for many film festivals.

Senior Agent, Film TV & Theatre

Ms. Parks is Executive Vice President of Theatre and Talent Development of Plaza 7 NY/Crystal Ship Artists. She has been a producer and company manager for various Off-Broadway productions. She has an extensive background in stage management and running crew in NYC notably at Manhattan Theatre Club and The Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockton, MA. She has held positions at NBC, RCA Records, and RCA Video Production.

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Admission: $30.00

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Closing Film Screening program

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