By Leslie Dolsak
Six Finalists will duke it out in front of a live panel of industry judges and a voting audience at the Annapolis Film Festival’s First Shorts Challenge: Pitch Contest. The winner receives a $30,000 in-kind production package to produce their short film which will premiere at the 2019 Annapolis Film Festival.
Watch the Shorts Challenge Live, Saturday, March 24 at Maryland Hall Theater. Get your tickets and vote for who you think should be the winner! http://bit.ly/2G3X02K\
Here’s an interview with Shorts Finalist Tracey Davis with “Sarah, Mya, Sage, and The Black Female Gaze”
Annapolis Film Festival (AFF): Are you a new filmmaker or evolving?
Tracey Davis: I am a proud new filmmaker ready to create art that will allow the audience to laugh but also self-reflect.
AFF: What is your background in film?
Tracey Davis: I directed my first short in the 5th grade for a science short competition, going on to win first place against middle and high school students. Creating that short is when I first realized I had an interest in filmmaking. It wasn’t until two years ago I decided to make it a career. “Sarah, Mya, Sage, and The Black Female Gaze” will be my fourth short.
AFF: How did you hear about this Shorts Challenge?
Tracey Davis: I am a member of an awesome organization called Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC (WIFV). It was through these talented group of women that I learned about the shorts challenge.
AFF: How did you come up with your idea?
Tracey Davis: I came up with the idea “Sarah, Mya, Sage, and The Black Female Gaze” by trying to make sense of my life experiences as a young Black woman. I find it quite comical and laughing about it is how I survive.
AFF: How are you preparing to WIN this?
Tracey Davis: I preparing to win this competition by simply sharing a story that needs to be told and that is true to who I am as an artist. It also doesn’t hurt to get a bit of coaching.
AFF: How will winning this change your life?
Tracey Davis: Winning this will change my life because it will put me one step closer to my dream. Creating content that will impact others and make a difference.