The Black August Film Festival will be held August 19-20 2023, at Boston Court. The festival will welcome films about social issues around the world.

Black August is an annual commemoration and prison-based holiday to remember Black freedom fights and political prisoners and to highlight Black resistance against racial oppression. It takes place during the entire calendar month of August.

Black August was initiated by the Black Guerilla Family in San Quentin State Prison in 1979 when a group of incarcerated people came together to commemorate the deaths of brothers Jonathan P. Jackson (d. August 7, 1970) and George Jackson (d. August 21, 1971) at San Quentin State Prison.

Best Short Film
Most Educational Film
Best Foreign Film
Best Feature Film
Best Social Justice Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Feature Documentary
Black August Award
Most Intense Film
Mood of Militancy
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Adapted Play

We warrant the submission of my/our original work and there are no
disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I/we fully indemnify the festival against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct.

We understand that failure to adhere to the festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the entry fee.

We agree to hold the Black August Film Festival harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, we/the.

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BAFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless BAFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Best festival I've been to. The communication was great and the location was amazing. So was the food. I'll be back.

    August 2022
  • Peachanda DuBose

    Outstanding Festival.

    Remarkable facility. professional and courteous communication, timely response and updates. Yet, most importantly, I honor what this festival stands for. Social issues that are relevant to the Black American community.

    I'm honored to be the first recipient of "BEST SHORT FILM" OF this hugely important and integral festival.

    -Peachanda DuBose
    Writer, Director, Producer: "DIABOLICAL"

    August 2022
  • Hakima Benjamin

    This festivals speaks to so many individuals. I wish there were more festivals out there like this one. The honesty and transparency of the films that are selected, speaks volumes. Subject matters that will always spark conversation and cross the necessary boundaries. I can not wait to submit more material to this festival.

    August 2022
  • Hebert Poll Gutierrez

    Thanks to the festival team for selecting me as a Finalist. Keep using art as an instrument to shape so many realities. These are times to create cultural bridges, not walls.

    August 2022
  • Awesome festival! Definitely signing up again for my next project. Thanks team Black August Film Festival!

    August 2022