WASHINGTON D.C. — The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) is pleased to recognize Vanessa Anthony as the October 2023 Filmmaker of the Month (FOTM). An award-winning filmmaker with a media career spanning over two decades, Vanessa's journey in the industry is nothing short of inspirational. From starting at CNN and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in Atlanta, to a stint with NBC Universal Europe to establishing her own production company in Tokyo, Movie Mad Entertainment, her extensive international experience spans the many aspects of the film and television arena.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Vanessa’s latest project 'The Atonement,’ a narrative web series, is dedicated to exploring nuanced stories of domestic violence and mental illness. Through compelling storytelling, her goal is to catalyze vital conversations, that raise awareness and foster understanding on these often-overlooked issues. “Vanessa’s profound commitment to addressing pressing societal issues, especially during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is both commendable and imperative.” LaToya Foster, OCTFME Director, commented. “Through her groundbreaking project, 'The Atonement,' she has beautifully connected her craft with a powerful message, effectively utilizing the platform of storytelling as an avenue for change. Congratulations to Vanessa on this well-deserved recognition.”
In her acceptance of the honor, Vanessa shared, "I'm deeply honored to be chosen as OCTFME’s October Filmmaker of the Month. This recognition not only acknowledges my dedication but also provides the exposure I need to share my storytelling with a wider audience."
Vanessa’s commitment to her craft and the industry is evident from her extensive resume, and her works that have gained recognition at various international film festivals. Her short film ‘Mr. Big Shot’ earned Best Film and Best Sound awards at the Make a Movie in a Month competition. And it was selected to screen at the Wheaton Film Festival. Additionally, various film projects have been featured at the New York International Independent Film Festival, the Pumelo International Film Festival, the Urban Media Makers Film Festival, and the Tokyo Design Festa.
For further inquiries or to reach Vanessa directly, please email [email protected] or call (202) 910-6491.
VANESSA ANTHONY DC RADIO INTERVIEW
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About FILMMAKER OF THE MONTH
The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) launched the “Filmmaker of the Month” initiative as a vehicle for highlighting the talents and creative contributions of filmmakers that make the District of Columbia their home. The “Filmmaker of the Month” initiative is part of OCTFME’s mission to elevate the national and international profile of the District’s talented filmmakers.
***If you know of a filmmaker that would make a great future “Filmmaker of the Month,” you can send OCTFME your recommendations using this nomination form.
The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME), an award-winning District of Columbia Government agency, leads the city’s extensive efforts to build and support a sustainable film, music, and entertainment creative economy and labor market. Additionally, OCTFME serves as the city’s cable television service provider regulator and as the customer service hub for cable subscribers.
OCTFME’s extensive portfolio includes:
- The District’s government cable access channels District Council Channel (DCC), the District of Columbia Network (DCN), and the District Knowledge Network (DKN).
- DC Radio (96.3 HD4), OCTFME’s owned and operated digital radio station, in partnership with Howard University’s WHUR.
- District of Columbia Entertainment Network (DCE), OCTFME’s 24-hour streaming platform available worldwide on ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV as well as iPhone and Android mobile devices (download the DCE Network App or at DCENetwork.com).
- The handling of all of the District’s filmmaker production needs including permits, city services, and logistical support, job placement assistance, workforce development and the DC Film, Television, and Entertainment Rebate Fund (DC Rebate Fund).
- Providing additional support to the creative community through the Creative Affairs Office (CAO) and Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents: 202Creates initiative. CAO showcases and preserves the District of Columbia’s rich creative communities throughout all 8 Wards.