*** OFFICIAL SCHEDULE ***
FILM FESTIVAL DEADLINE IS OVER!! PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR FILMS.
DSA Rooms/Floor::::: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th floors ONLY
(AH) AALIYAH HALL - 4th flr : MECCAcon International Film Festival screenings
(FT) FORD AUDITORIUM - 1st flr : all panels
(TL) THEATER LOBBY- 1st flr : Comic Book / Art / Various vendors
(SA) STUDIO A - 1st flr : food vendors
(CR) CONFERENCE ROOM - Rm 140, 1st flr, across from studio A : food demos
(AG) ART GALLERY- 5th floor : DSA Art Department’s installation
(G) GYMNASIUM- 2nd flr : yoga & belly dancing workshops
(BB) BLACK BOX THEATER - 1st flr : ENTREPRENOIR ROOM
(C106) CLASSROOM, 1st flr : various
(C107) CLASSROOM, flr : all day chill out room, phone charging, eating, etc.
THURSDAY - MECCAcon IFF 2019 (day 1)
600p Queen of Kings - Yasmin Neal - 11m
615p The Adulterer - Gian Francisco Smith, Bobby Yan - 14m
635p Almost Home - George Simon - 12m
650p 705p The Camera Loves Kaila - Michael Lindsey - 15m
710p Girl Icon - Sadah Espii Proctor - 8m
725p Lucid - Jumai Yusuf - 5m
735p Wildflower - Jumai Yusuf - 6m
745p How To Power A City: Highland Park - Melanie La Rosa - 10m
800p Parallel Lines: Exploring the Intersection of Comics & Hip-Hop - Mike Davis - 7m
810p Bakoso: Afrobeats of Cuba - Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi - 48m
SATURDAY - MECCAcon International Film Festival (day 2)
1100a Wildflower - Jumai Yusuf - 6m
1110a T.E.C.H. Dream Sweet - Brandon Dean Johnson - 11m
1125a Training Wheels - Sanicole - 14m
1145a Malika: Warrior Queen - YouNeek Studios - 15m
1205p Sela - Rafieka Davis - 25m
1235p Enoch - Yasmin Neal - 3m
1240p The Refugee Restauranteurs - Michael Steves/ Mamba Hamissi - 6m
1245p - 1255p BREAK
100p Ballet After Dark - Brittany B Monét Fennell - 17m
120p If There Is Light - Hales Elizabeth Anderson - 22m
145p - Cold Sweat: Chapter 1 WHAM! - Wi-Moto Nyoka 17m
205p Something for Cyitra - Jahni Kwatrae - 25m
230p - 300p BREAK
305p Right On - Zachary Cornell Cunningham - 13m
320p Love Tap - Gian Francisco Smith - 14m
340p Manhood - Rodney Stringfellow - 12m
355p Knock Knock - Kennikki Jones-Jones - 14m
415p Showtime - Shawn Antoine II - 15m
435p Loreen's Gotta Boogie - Bobby Yan - 12m
450p K.I.N.G. - Rashad Frett - 13ms
505pm A Dark Foe - Maria Gabriela Cardenas - 1h55m
SATURDAY - CONVENTION SCHEDULE
11a - 7p (AG) ::: ARTIST INSTALLATION. DSA’s Art Department. Curated by Mrs. Hall
(TL) Artist Alley opens
(G) WOOSAH: A lesson in Satya and Tapas (yoga)
12p - 7p :: (TL) FIYAH TV presentations (all day at their table in the Theatre Lobby)
12p - 1p
(FA) BACK2BLACK : Accuracy vs Acceptance in Today’s Comics panel, pt1
Greg Anderson Elysee
(C106) SETTING UP YOUR TWITCH workshop
1p - 4p :: REFLECTION ETERNAL - Relaxation suite w/ House of Bastet
Relaxation & Stretching Techniques
Belly Dancing Workshop
1p - 2p
(FA) BLACK FILMMAKERS panel, pt1
Gian Francisco Smith
(SA) COOKING WITH QUE - vegan food demo
Quiana Broden/ The Kitchen
(C106) THE ART OF STORYTELLIN’
N Steven Harris (DC Comics, AJALA: A Series of Adventures)
2p - 3p
(FA) FINE ARTS PANEL - moderated by Nic Notion
M Saffell Gardner
BNICK (Brian Nickson)
BLACK GIRLS ARE THE GAME - Gaming round table discussion
@BlackGirlGamerCode/ Brandi JABIYA
3pm - 7pm :: (BB) ENTREPRENOIR Room - presented by Black Business Finder
$50 Professional Headshots to the public
FREE Photo Shoots/ Headshots for MECCAcon Participants
Interviews w/ MECCAcon Participants
ENTREPRENOIR Panel - see below, 6pm
3p - 4p
(FA) BLACK RESTAURANTEURS panel
Cooking w/ Que/ Quiana Broden
Baobab Fare / Mamba Hamissi
Yumvillage/ Godwin Ihentuge
Paradise Natural Foods/ Mama Nezaa
(C106) HEAD WRAPPING Workshop w/ MY ROYALTY WRAPS
Ya Ya Abdulah
4p - 5p
(FA) BACK2BLACK: Accuracy vs Acceptance in Today’s Comics panel, pt2
N Steven Harris
5p - 6p
(FA) BLACK FILMMAKERS Panel, pt2 :: 500pm - 600pm
Shawn Antoine II
(C106) ELEMENTAL : BLACK SCI-FI READING/AUTHOR SESSION
6p - 7p
(FA) BLACK GIRLS ARE THE GAME - panel
@BlackGirlGamerCode/ Brandi JABIYA
(BB) ENTREPRENOIR panel w/ Black Business Finder/ Cartiar Matlock
Sheila Patrick / Flo’s Boutique
Nefertiti Harris / Textures Natural Hair Salon
Jamii/ Kan Bookstore
Fiyah TV / Aigbe Idahosa
7p - EVENT CLOSES
MECCAcon International Film Festival, aka MECCAcon IFF, founded in 2014 and registered under Ava DuVernay's ARRAY, highlights independent films starring & from creators of the African diaspora. Short films are primary, but feature films have been added as well. We always have some of the best filmmakers in our festivals. We believe in showcasing GREATNESS to the public eye! Filmmakers in the past have included but aren’t limited to: Jackie JJ Stone, Yolonda Ross, Evita Castine, Bobby Yan, Stefon Bristol, Nadia Sasso, Jay Woo, Mariama Diallo, Darius Clark Monroe, James Bland, Xavier Burgin, Derek Dow, Ka’ramuu Kush, dream hampton, Donnie Leapheart, Gabrielle Tesfaye, Eliciana Nascimento, Nosa Igbideon, Korstiaan Vandiver, Daye Rogers, and many more.
MECCAcon is elated to announce that we will be holding the film festival (as well as the convention it coincides with) at DSA (Detroit School of Arts). DSA is a nationally renowned Arts and Academic high school that offers a strong college preparatory Academic and Arts Curriculum, with pre-professional study in Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music Technology, Dance, Theater, Speech, Radio/Television production, Visual Arts and Visual Communications. The Detroit School of Arts is one of four magnet schools in Detroit, where the others are Renaissance High School, Cass Technical High School and Communication & Media Arts High School. Entrance to Detroit School of Arts is based on an audition that takes place at the end of a student's eighth grade year. Students are required to declare a major of study i.e. Dance, Theatre, Instrumental Music, etc.
Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, aka MECCAcon, is a large comic book/literacy convention and international film festival held annually in Detroit, MI. The primary reason M.E.C.C.A was established was to instill knowledge primarily in the younger art culture.
The film festival will be for two days: Thursday, September 19th, and Saturday, September 21st (during the comic book and arts convention).
THURSDAY, September 19, 2019
DAY ONE of MECCAcon IFF
DSA Detroit School Of Arts High School
123 Selden Street
Detroit, MI 48201
FRIDAY, September 20, 2019
Vault of Midnight Detroit
1226 Library Street
Detroit, MI 48226
SATURDAY, September 21, 2019
MAIN DAY CONVENTION & DAY TWO of MECCAcon IFF -
Vendors, Panels, Workshops, MECCAcon IFF, ++++
DSA Detroit School Of Arts High School
123 Selden Street
Detroit, MI 48201
MECCAcon IFF 2019 Official Selections at the 6th annual MECCAcon Detroit #MECCAconDSA2019 are as follows::
PARALLEL LINES: EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION OF COMIC BOOKS & HIP-HOP - Mike Davis/ Blokhedz Mad Twiinz - 6:52
RIGHT ON - Zachary Cornell Cunningham - 12:35
K.I.N.G. - Rashad Frett - 12:23
MALIKA: WARRIOR QUEEN - YouNeek Studios - 14:56
BALLET AFTER DARK - Brittany B Monét Fennell - 16:30
IF THERE IS LIGHT - Hales Elizabeth Anderson - 21:32
GIRL ICON- Sadah Espii Proctor - 8:05
WILDFLOWER - Jumai Yusuf - 6:00
ENOCH - Yasmin Neal 3:08
QUEEN OF KINGS - Yasmin Neal 10:15
MANHOOD - Rodney Stringfellow; 11:18
SOMETHING FOR CYNITRA - Jahni Kwatrae 25:21
THE GREAT ILLUSION - Maria Cardenas 1hr55m
THE REFUGEE RESTAURANTEURS - Michael Steves - 5:26
KNOCK KNOCK - Kennikki Jones-Jones; 14mins
BASOKO: AFROBEATS OF CUBA - Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi - 48:53
COLD SWEAT: CHAPTER 1 WHAM! - Sandra Manzanares/ Wi-Moto Nyoka - 16:45
TRAINING WHEELS - Sanicole - 14:40
LOVE TAP - Gian Francisco Smith 13:57
THE ADULTERER - Gian Francisco Smith/ Bobby Yan - 13:46
ALMOST HOME - George Simon/ Francis & Louise - 11:37
THE INTERVIEW - Bobby Yan - 11:13
LUCID - Jumai Yusuf - 5:12
SHOWTIME- Shawn Antoine II - 15mins
HOW TO POWER A CITY - Melanie La Rosa - 10:00
T.E.C.H. DREAM SWEET - BigFooters - 10:36
MECCAcon IFF at and during the 6th annual MECCAcon Detroit #MECCAconDSA2019/ Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA will be fully held at DSA Detroit School Of Arts High School.
Times are length of film. Schedule will be posted at a later date.
DSA's ART DEPARTMENT
JASON REEVES/ 133ART
N STEVEN HARRIS
GREG ANDERSON ELYSEE
SHAWN ANTOINE III
MY ROYALTY WRAPS
M SAFFELL GARDNER
ANTONIO RAFAEL COSME
NICK & TROY-JEFFREY ALLEN
HOUSE OF BASTET
FIYAH TV's HORACIO & AIGBE
ADVENTURES ON LAUDER
COOKING WITH QUE
Tables | Film | Panels | Presentations | Workshops | Performances | Volunteering
For more information, please contact MECCAcon IFF founder, Maia "Crown" Williams, at AMONYETenterprises@gmail.com.
Short films are to be no longer than 40 minutes long, unless approved.
Main characters are to be of the African diaspora.
Some films are only shown at one festival, others are shown at multiple.
Payments are non- refundable. Payments do not guarantee your film to be selected.
Film submissions are to be digital submissions only. Film submissions should include the following:
Digital download : vimeo, youtube, etc, unless notified for a physical copy
Film poster, with laurels, if applicable
The description of film, short and/or long
Bio/headshot, website, email of filmmaker if it is the person who is submitting
Payment in US dollars are made by PayPal. A completed entry form and an entry fee must accompany each film.
We will accept online payment by PayPal or via credit card, (Master Card, and Visa preferred). Please do not send checks and/or money orders. The nonrefundable Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival.
MECCAconIFF reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission. Incomplete entries without proper fees will be rejected.
MECCAconIFF does not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival.
ALL SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO US AS SECURE ONLINE SCREENERS. MECCAconIFF no longer accepts DVD/BluRay screeners as standard submissions.
Priority is given to World Premieres for features & shorts.
All films must be in English or with English subtitles. Foreign language films must be dubbed in English or presented in their original language with English subtitles.
Promotional, instructional or industrial films, and raw documentation of performances are not eligible.
Films cannot be older than 1 year, unless approved directly by MECCAcon IFF. Please email us directly for inquiries before you submit.
Films cannot be available on online streaming services, unless approved directly from MECCAcon IFF. Please email us before you submit.
Submission of your work confirms that MECCAcon International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize any film including promotional stills and information submitted and accepted during the Festival and/or at any other Festival event for promotional purposes in MECCAcon International Film Festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations for participation in MECCAcon International Film Festival. The individual or corporation warrant the submission of work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission and this film is not subject to any litigation nor is any litigation threatened. The individual or corporation also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and will indemnify and hold harmless MECCAcon International Film Festival, Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts, Amonyet Enterprises, Maia Williams, its directors, management, staff, and sponsors, and defend them against all claims, demands, losses damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorney’s fees) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos screened or entered arising out of MECCAconIFF’s exhibition and promotion of said film- should such film be programmed as part of the MECCAcon International Film Festival.
MECCAconIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in event scheduling or programming. The selection committees’ decisions are final. All responses by MECCAcon International Film Festival (MECCAconIFF) will be made by email.
Films that are screened in the city of choice within (3) three months prior to MECCAconIFF MAY NOT screen with us except at the sole discretion of the festival. This rule is strictly observed.
Submissions MAY NOT be withdrawn from MECCAcon International Film Festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of MECCAcon International Film Festival.
Films that have been selected to screen with MECCAcon International Film Festival MAY NOT be withdrawn once filmmaker accepts and signs our agreement to be screened with us.