There are thousands of film festivals in the world. A festival for every flavor of filmmaking from features, shorts, animation, horror, women, wildlife, documentaries and even for films featuring moustaches. Each one's vying for eyeballs. There are just a handful of fests that are considered important.
Regardless of an author's color, sexuality, gender identity, or anything else about them, it's a near-certainty that commenters will tear them down. Commenters will say, "you are wrong." They'll say, "what do you know about this topic?" They'll say, "you have the wrong priorities." They'll say, "you can't speak for me."