Established in 1997, the Black Women Film Network (BWFN) was founded to prepare black women to enter the film and television industries. The organization seeks to preserve the voice of these women through film and educational programs that empower and inform. A 501(c)3 non-profit, BWFN provides student scholarships, hosts screenings and workshops, and honors individuals who have excelled in this difficult industry.

* Audience Award
* Best Actor
* Best Director
* Best Screenplay
* Best Cinematography
* Best Editing
* Best in Festival
* Best Student Film

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT DUE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC: the below dates, and deadlines are subject to change. If you are submitting your film to our festival we ask for your patience while we figure out how to execute our annual festival in an effort to show your films in a safe and conducive environment. Thank you!

In the event that our annual festival is a virtual experience all applicants should take into consideration that their film may be shown on a streaming platform partnered with BWFN.

All submissions must be received no later than the given deadlines. **Submitted short must be produced or directed by a Black woman or feature a Black woman in a leading role.** When uploading your film, please submit the film poster as well. Selected participants will be notified by BWFN staff three weeks prior to the festival. Filmmakers are allowed to submit more then one film, however each film will require a separate entry fee. Films cannot exceed thirty minutes running time. Non-English films must have subtitles.

FEES
Regular Deadline: $25.00
Late Deadline: $35.00

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  • kanithea powell

    Thank you Black Women Film Network for having us at your festival. It was great being apart of your festival and getting the opportunity to share our film Humanity with your community. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness!

    February 2022
  • Sallomé Hralima

    The 25th anniversary short film festival was beautiful. Not only is our team proud to have been chosen Best in Festival and Best Screenplay, but it was a privilege to have our project But Tomorrow screen next to films we loved, and on a Black-owned streaming platform too! We look forward to watching all of the projects find wings and fly! Thank you to the team that put this year's festival together. And special shout out to Mercendez who held our hand through the process. We are forever in your debt.

    February 2022
  • 2020 BWFN was an amazing festival and experience. Their staff and communication was responsive, organized, helpful and just "on it." They support Black filmmakers and curate at a high level. In 2020 they put together a high-quality virtual experience and maximized their social channels with live interviews and promotions. Months after the festival, they stayed in touch with distribution and networking opportunities. I highly recommend this festival and would not miss submitting my next film.

    March 2021
  • Black Women Film Network is an amazing film festival! We flew all the way from Jamaica for it and it was more than worth it! They said we captured their hearts but the truth is BWFN captured ours! The warmth, support and encouragement we experienced at this festival was so rare. Not only did everyone welcome us with open arms and genuine hugs but filmmakers and movie goers shared their networks and contacts with us. The events were well organized by such a friendly team and the prizes were amazing! We will never forget this experience. An experience of both women and men lifting women up and pushing them forward in their film careers. One of having doors opened. One that truly impacted our lives. xo - The Flight Crew. One Love From Jamaica

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    So much Love to the "Flight Crew". The sky is the limit for these awesome filmmakers.