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About Us

"Pulling Focus: Honoring The Timeless Legacy of Black Cinema

 The Quad Cities' 'Pulling Focus' Film Festival of The Black Diaspora, founded by Gaye Shannon Burnett and Jonathan Burnett, is committed to empowering and inspiring Black filmmakers. The festival showcases cinematic stories made by and about people of African Descent, fostering an appreciation for Black culture and creating awareness of the Black experience.

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About The Festival

The Pulling Focus African American Film Festival of the Quad Cities will be held from June 6th to June 9th, 2024. Now in its second year, the Festival showcases short films by local, regional, national, and international filmmakers representing the Black Diaspora. It features screening events, panel discussions, an "Out-of-Competition" Showcase, and the new "Reel Impact" category, highlighting films with a strong social message. Pulling Focus will conclude with an awards ceremony honoring the Festival's filmmakers. The films offer a profound glimpse into the diverse Black experience globally, fostering dialogue and connection within the Quad Cities community. 

Pulling Focus bridges gaps between communities through cinema, emphasizing commonalities and promoting understanding, empathy, and shared aspirations. We are thrilled with the overwhelming response and are grateful for the support and participation from funders, community partners, filmmakers, judges, and audiences alike.


We are excited to build upon this success and improve the Festival in 2024. We remain committed to showcasing compelling films that highlight the diverse tapestry of the Black experience and fostering understanding, empathy, and shared aspirations within our community. 

With the continued support of our dedicated team and the enthusiasm of our audience, we are confident that the Pulling Focus African American Film Festival will grow in its impact and reach new heights in the years to come.

Meet The Team

Our Funders

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Bechtel Trusts  

Our Community Partners

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