Black Web Fest 2022 is a two-day festival where people from African diaspora unite to discover online shorts, web series, new media, and web industry trends. With the entertainment industry moving to more streaming platforms, there’s a vast amount of creators making content for digital platforms. The festival connects these creatives with opportunities to showcase their creative work, learn new skills and network. During the festival attendees will be able to screen web series and films created by Black media makers. The festival will also feature informative panels with industry professionals, media makers, and actors.

Due to the pandemic, this year's festival will primarily be hosted online but we will have three "covid-safe" New York film screenings prior to our 2022 festival. All selected filmmakers will have the right to deny or participate in these additional screenings.

We want to celebrate independent media makers so we have four award categories Best Short Documentary, Best Web Series, and Best Short Film, and Best Animation. Please note winners will not receive the awards until after the festival. We do not provide flights or hotel accommodations. (Additional categories can be added at the discretion of the festival organizers.)

Best Short Film: $500
A free pass for you and a guest to Black Web Fest 2022. Screening your web series during Black Web Fest 2022. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2021 related events.

Best Web Series: $500
A free pass for you and a guest to Black Web Fest 2022. Screening your web series during Black Web Fest 2022. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2022 related events.

Best Short Documentary (No Cash Prize)
A free pass for you and a guest for Black Web Fest 2022. Screening your short documentary during Black Web Fest 2022. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2022 related events.

Best Animation (No Cash Prize)
A free pass for you and a guest for Black Web Fest 2022. Screening your animation during Black Web Fest 2022. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2022 related events.


DEADLINES
Black Web Fest 2022 submissions OPEN ON June 1, 2022, 11:59 pm EST
Deadline: All content must be submitted by August 8, 2022, 11:59 pm EST

CATEGORIES
We accept submissions of Short Films, Web Series, Short Documentaries, and Animation. Trailers will not be considered. Submissions must be from media makers who are Black, African, or are of African descent.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Language:
All films must be in English or with English subtitles.

Screening or Rental Fees:
Black Web Fest does NOT CONSIDER films that require SCREENING/RENTAL FEES.

Duration/Running Time:
Short Narrative: No More than 40 minutes
Web Series: No More than 30 minutes
Short Documentary: Less than 40 minutes
Animation: Less than 40 minutes

Prior Screenings:
Entries can not have a theatrical run (commercial release) or be broadcast (TV) anywhere in the U.S.A. before October 4, 2021. Previous screenings at other film festivals, as well as private, industry, and press screenings are OK. The "New York Premiere" status is preferred, but not mandatory.

Completion Date:
Projects submitted to the Black Web Fest must have been completed after January 1, 2018. Only completed projects will be accepted.

Independent Production:
Films produced, financed, or initiated by a major motion picture studio are not eligible for the competition.

Screening Requirements:
If your content is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the Festival will require:
• Digital press kits with photo stills (color and black/white)
• Headshots of director(s) and writer(s)
• 1 sentence publicity synopsis of the film; 150-word synopsis of the film
• Trailers, clip reels, posters, postcards, and EPKs, if available, to maximize exposure for your film

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • A brilliant and powerful festival that I was honored to be a part of.
    Thank you and may it always continue.

    October 2021
  • Negash Abdurahman

    Glad to be part of this festival. Thank you for making Cuba in Africa part of your official selection

    Negash Abdurahman

    October 2021
  • we loved the experience

    thank you

    October 2021
  • Keith Walker

    I am incredibly proud to have had my Web-series Betas selected for this festival. Even though COVID threw a wrench into the festival plans, Victoria did her best to accommodate everyone. Unfortunately, I was booted out of the web series talk back, so that was extremely frustrating. Still, Victoria was kind enough to offer me another time slot. All in all, it was a great show filled with so many talented people and an organizer who works tirelessly to bring people together.

    August 2020
  • I had a great time at Black Web Fest 2019 and will hopefully attend next year!
    Thank you again for selecting my short film into your festival!

    September 2019