"Afrofuturism is a literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past."

BlackWorldCinema™- Chicago and Afrofuturism849.org are looking for films that reflect the Afrofuturist aesthetic from short to feature, animation and documentary.

Now in it's 5th year, the festival takes place the month of February on Chicago's South Side at the Studio Movie Grill Chatham Theater and Chicago Filmmakers on the North Side.

Through our festival we want to nurture and present filmmakers working in the area of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, steamfunk, surrealist, documentary and just plain experimentally funky frames.

Winners will receive trophies for Best Film and Audience Award and be offered revenue sharing deals for streaming on the our bwcTV.tv movie channel.

Entries must be submitted by online link to a passworded file on Vimeo or Youtube.
We accept films made in 2017 and 2018 for our 2018 competition.

Selected Films
Participants must ensure that they have the right to participate in Black World Cinema Afrofuturism Film Competition(BWCAFC) with regard to third persons connected to the production of selected films/projects.

BWCAFC will not pay screening fees and it is assumed that any film submitted without specific reference to a requested screening fee in the cover letter is both available to be screened, with no legal restrictions, and without expectation of a fee being paid.
Submitting your film to BWCAFC denotes agreement to all rules and regulations listed here within. We accept only digital entries for the festival. Accepted films, in the event you want to submit updated versions for the screening itself, must be delivered to BWCAFC before stated deadline or have other arrangements agreed upon by the festival directors. The Festival reserves the right to refuse or cancel the projection of any print deemed of insufficient quality.

Press & Publicity
If your film is selected to screen at BWCAFC, you will be asked to provide: director’s bio and filmography/videography, b&w and/or color stills from the film, press materials, and video trailer (if available).

Judging & Awards
All accepted submissions are eligible for the awards designated for the category in which it is submitted. Jury Awards will be presented to the best film in each category.

Reproduction Agreement
Unless otherwise requested, film submissions selected for screening grant BWCAFC the rights to use moving image excerpts, production stills, and information from the film for promotional purposes.

Entrant also agrees to give BWCAFC permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed – in whole or in part – for the purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival, including but not limited to online screenings and post festival distribution. Filmmakers may opt out of allowing BWCAFC use of their films for post-festival distribution if desired.

Do not send original or master prints. Our Festival is screening with digital files only. BWCAFC is held harmless by entrant from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, or expenses incurred by any claim against entrant involving copyright, trademark, or credits of any selected film.

Overall Rating
  • Drew Lewis

    A great film festival to visit

    March 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Drew! Much appreciated!