The VIPP Report: Sundance Institute’s Moira Griffin Joins 2015 IBFF As Juror And Panelist


The International Black Film Festival (IBFF) is proud to announce that Moira Griffin, Senior Diversity Manager for the prestigious Sundance Institute, will be joining the 2015 festival as a juror and panelist. Griffin will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to domestic and international audience during IBFF, which will take place October 1 – 4, 2015 at the Meharry Medical College’s Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education.

Griffin, a veteran in the film and TV industry, currently focuses on creating an inclusive space for diverse artists to thrive by helping them gain access to the international marketplace, finance and emerging technologies through the support of Sundance Institute. Prior to her position at the Institute, she worked as an independent producer and Festival Strategist based in Los Angeles, with numerous projects under her belt including music videos, short films, features, documentaries and web series for a variety of companies, including PBS, YouTube, and NBC Universal.
Griffin will serve as a member of the IBFF Jury, which makes final selections for awards in the film competition. Griffin will also participate in the Fast Pitch Session which allows filmmakers to present their projects to top industry executives who are scouting content, and will host an informational session with select filmmakers to discuss Sundance Institute’s numerous artist support programs and initiatives.
Griffin said, “The International Black Film Festival strives to discover and showcase culturally relevant stories from filmmakers with true creative vision. I am thrilled to be part of an event highlighting the need for diverse voices in storytelling, a matter of invaluable importance that I hold dear to my heart.”
Throughout the 3½ day event, the festival will serve the full spectrum of the industry by providing a venue to showcase the work of filmmakers from around the globe. Patrons will have the opportunity to view “unreleased,” independent and studio films, participate in awesome industry level workshops, master classes, industry parties, and high profile red carpet events with celebrity appearances.
“We are honored to have this unique opportunity to have Ms. Griffin take part in our festival this year,” said Founder and Chair Hazel Joyner-Smith. “We know that our filmmakers and festival audience will take advantage of this amazing opportunity.”
While plans for the festival are being updated daily, this year will highlight an exciting fusion of film, TV and music with the presence of some of the foremost industry professionals today. Over the next few weeks expect updates, highlights and exciting announcements. If you would like to setup an interview, obtain media credentials, synopsis, please email us at or call Sherlene Shanklin at (502) 295-0435. For general festival questions please email
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