This winter, another Austin film festival will take its cinematic celebration online.


Capital City Black Film Festival announced on Friday that its eighth annual event will go virtual from Dec. 4-6. Other area film festivals like AGLIFF and Austin Film Festival also made the jump to a virtual event this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.


The theme for this year’s festival will be "Breakthrough: Unleash Your Power" and will "explore the impact racism plays on the mental health of Black people, specifically Black creatives," according to a news release from the festival.


"Our country is at a critical juncture which provides an opportunity to reexamine our past and dismantle the very things that have kept Black people in bondage for centuries," said festival executive director Winston G. Williams in a statement. "Black writers, directors, producers and filmmakers have been essential to telling the stories of our trauma and exposing these ills, but they, too, have been affected."


Submissions for this year’s festival are open, and filmmakers can submit their work until Sept. 30. For more information, go to capcitybff.com.


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