The iGEN Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our youth about the magic in front of and behind the lens through our annual 3-day interactive events/activities. Our mission is to diminish the barriers to inclusion with the film industry while creating equitable platforms for growth and development. We are celebrating our 7th Annual Film Festival and welcome your support and contributions to this 3-day cinematic event; as it will not only help build awareness around emerging iGEN filmmakers but also help put a spotlight on people of color in film, arts, and culture.
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
The creative force behind the festival is Elijah Wells; Writer, Actor Producer, and President/CEO of Elijah Wells Films.
Elijah Wells Films has become a staple brand in the film industry, specializing in documentary and filmmaking.
Elijah produced the short ﬁlm “The Gift,” which was the American Black Film Festival’s 2012 Community Short Film Showcase winner. Key industry leaders and mainstream stars, which include; Jeff Friday, Founder of the American Black Film Festival, Robert Townsend, Spike Lee, Omari Hardwick, Jo Marie Payton, and Romeo Miller have supported Elijah throughout his journey behind the lens. The Miami Times classified Elijah Wells as “one of our very own indie filmmakers”.
Elijah is paving the way for his generation! His strong does of passion for film, mixed with advocacy for representation in storytelling birthed the iGEN Film Festival in 2014 in the Historic Overtown section of Miami, FL. Elijah Wells Films is the catalyst for equity and equality in film by capturing the stories of people of color. To further his cause, the iGEN Film Festival has become a platform created to support and promote a new generation of emerging youth filmmakers who are enriching the color of the artistic landscape in film. This year's festival will include engaging and thought-provoking films, celebrity speakers, expert masterclasses, and audience engagement. The festival will provide a platform for film creatives to find their voice in a rapidly competitive landscape.
We are celebrating the 7th Annual iGEN Film Festival and look forward to celebrating with you. To our supporters' partners, political officials, celebrity guests, ambassadors, and the Overtown community who have been with us through thick and thin, we express our heartfelt appreciation to you!!!