The Tressie Souders Film Society recognizes, supports and preserves the works of film and video by and/or featuring Black women in non-stereotypical and non-pornographic roles, and to support the film exhibition efforts of the Black Laurel Film Festival –formerly, the International Black Women’s Film Festival. The TSFF also provides a number of educational, distribution, and exhibition programming.
The society’s goals are to provide a voice, resources, support, training, and guidance to emerging and established filmmakers who exemplify the society’s mission and the mission of the Black Laurel Film Festival. The society is a direct support organization of the Black Laurel Film Festival (formerly, the International Black Women’s Film Festival), but does not govern or administer the film festival. The Black Laurel Film Festival –under its original name, the International Black Women’s Film Festival– was established in 2001, and screened its first film festival in 2002 in San Francisco, California.