Capital City Black Film Festival of Austin, TX attracts a multicultural audience of filmmakers, artists, industry professionals and film lovers from around the world. We invite you to submit your narrative or documentary feature film, short film, animation or music video to be considered for our 2020 program.

We are excited for our 8th year and because of you, we are on track to be one of the fastest growing film festivals in the region. This December, CCBFF expects to present a slate of more than 80 films. Join us as we take our festival VIRTUAL which will allow us to reach a broad, diverse group of film enthusiasts across the globe!

In addition to giving you a platform to showcase your work to fans and industry professionals, we create opportunities for you to network with industry experts and insiders to share ideas, make deals and enhance your career. While our festival will be virtual, we plan to continue our promise of bringing you a best-in-class film festival with opportunities to learn, grow and connect with others in the film.

If you submitted your film in previous years, welcome back! If this is your first time submitting to the Capital City Film Festival, welcome to the family!

This category is a competition.

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place


The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) welcomes features, shorts, documentary features and documentary/short films as well as music videos for its competitive program. CCBFF accepts film submissions from all filmmakers including student filmmakers; however, to be eligible for the festival’s competitive program, one of the film’s creative or actor principals, i.e. the writer, director, producer, lead actor must be Black or of African heritage. All other films will be considered for our invitational program. Please notify the festival in your application if your submission does not meet the requirements for the competitive program and you wish to be considered for the invitational program.

Feature films should be at least 60 minutes in length; short films should be 30 minutes in length or less. Music videos must be original and seven minutes or less.

By signing below you agree to the following Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) Terms and Conditions, and indicate that you have read and understand the CCBFF entry guidelines and that you are authorized to submit this film and sign this submission form.

The following will apply if my film/video is selected:

1. My film/video will be screened during the CCBFF and will be eligible to win a filmmaker award.
2. My film/video will be delivered (at filmmaker's expense) in the exhibition format specified by the date set by CCBFF.
3. My film/video may be utilized for promotional purposes of the festival, limited to private screenings and preview-only copies for press and supporters, unless otherwise arranged with the CCBFF.
4. A sample clip of my film/video (up to 30 seconds in length) may be promoted via the CCBFF web site and CCBFF Vimeo and/or YouTube channels, unless other arrangements are made with the CCBFF.
5. I will permit the CCBFF to use all names and stills involved with my film/video (at least one print-quality version provided upon request) for promotional purposes.

The following will apply for all film/video submissions:

1. The CCBFF retains the right to archive the submitted DVD screener copy of my film/video in physical and/or digital format solely for historical and research purposes, and will not publicly screen it without my permission.
2. CCBFF will conduct private screening sessions to review submissions, which may include my film/video.
3. CCBFF will not return any materials submitted - whether physical or digital submissions.
4. The CCBFF does not provide refunds on submission fees.

Overall Rating
  • The CCBFF was an amazing inspirational learning experience! We enjoyed meeting other film-makers with common goals and especially enjoyed the theme of Women in Film. Congratulations to Winston Williams and his staff for a job well done!

    October 2019
  • This event was amazing. As a first time filmmaker, it was a pleasure networking. The panels were the best. The only suggestion is that option of food and light refreshment. I felt like I had to choose between a panel discussion or food. Overall I networked and met several of creative people. I will be attending next year.

    September 2019
  • CCBFF was amazing! Recommend others to defintely be apart of this well organized friendly staff to anyone. I gained so much and look forward to returning next year.

    September 2019
  • Eleva Singleton

    I screened my short film The New Mother at the CCBFF. I had a great experience at the festival and made a lot of contacts. Austin Texas is truly the definition of Southern hospitality. Thank you Winston and all of your team.

    September 2019
  • Anthony D. Colby

    The Festival was superb. It was run the way a festival is suppose to run. The festival was very nice. The Director Winston Williams is an excellent Executive and Host. And the fact that he outsourced voting for the best films was magnificent . It actually makes the festival as valuable and creditable as a major festival.

    September 2019