Black Web Fest 2019 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 influencers, vloggers, and media makers making content for online platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo. The festival connects these creatives and media makers with opportunities to showcase their creative work. 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.

Black Web Fest is a property of CLRED Media, Inc. CLRED Media's mission is to increase diversity in media.

We want to celebrate independent media makers so we have three award categories Best Short Documentary, Best Web Series, and Best Short Film. 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 2019. Screening your web series during Black Web Fest 2019. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2019 related events.

Best Web Series: $500
A free pass for you and a guest to Black Web Fest 2019. Screening your web series during Black Web Fest 2019. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2019 related events.

Best Short Documentary: $350
A free pass for you and a guest for Black Web Fest 2019. Screening your short documentary during Black Web Fest 2019. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2019 related events.

Best Animation: $350
A free pass for you and a guest for Black Web Fest 2019. Screening your animation during Black Web Fest 2019. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2019 related events.

DEADLINES
Black Web Fest 2019 submissions OPEN ON July 15, 2018, 11:59 pm EST
Deadline: All content must be submitted by December 15, 2018, 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 April 12, 2019. 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, 2016. 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
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Samah Ali

    love the people, love the energy, love the programming! submit your content here and be welcomed in a youthful festival, but incredible one at that. all the yeses!

    April 2018
  • As a new festival, I think this festival went very well and was executed wonderfully. I traveled for it, I think it was money well spent. Victoria (festival director) introduced herself and knew my work which meant a lot. One venue in BK and the other in Harlem was also a nice touch. I would showcase and attend again...

    April 2018
  • Denise Khumalo

    I live in Los Angeles and was not able to attend the festival but I had friends there on my behalf. They communicated well and love their message.

    April 2017
  • Eric Dickens

    Great Festival! I really enjoyed myself.

    April 2017
  • Princess Bey

    What a great festival experience! From start to finish, I was impressed with the process. The content, speakers and panel discussions were amazing, and there was free food and wine! It was great to network with other artists and creators of color, and the discussion were very informative. I definitely recommend submitting to this festival.

    April 2017