For 13 years the Charlotte Black Film Festival (CBFF) will screen 100 films in-person and virtually. In addition to films this hybrid festival will caurate Workshops, Industry Networking, Fashion of Film Showcase, Actors Idol, PItchMe and the Red Carpet Vision Awards.

Our mission is to create economic empowerment for, heighten awareness of, promote the significance and need for African American cinema as an art form, and to be a voice for independent filmmakers of color.

This year’s festival itinerary includes four days of educational and empowering film screenings, panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities. In addition, the CBFF’s prestigious Red Carpet “Vision Awards” will recognize the achievements of emerging actors, composers, screenwriters and directors.

Trophies Awarded - Best of the Carolinas, Best Short, Best Feature, Best Black Women In Film, Best Documentary, Best Student Film, Best International Film. Audience Award, Best Director, Best Score, Best Actors, Best Animation and Best Art Film

Only films premiering at the Charlotte Black Film Festival as a Charlotte premiere will be permitted. mening you cannot premiere your film at another festival in the Charlotte area prior to screening at our festival.

The winners of which are chosen by special juries will receive awards for the highest score in each of the following rating categories.

1) Originality / Creativity 2) Direction 3) Writing 4) Cinematography 5) Performances
6) Production Value 7) Pacing 8) Structure 9) Sound / Music.

All categories are eligible for the Audience Awards, which is chosen based on ballots
submitted by the festival audience. Street teams and promotional flyers
are encouraged to promote your film to attendees. Winners will be
announced during the Red Carpet “Vision Awards”.

Overall Rating
  • L. M. Davis

    We were so pleased to have "Fevered Dreams" screened as a part of the Charlotte Black Film Festival and to be nominated in the Best Black Women in Film category. The communication was great and the Filmmaker Q & A was well-executed.

    August 2022
  • Second time participating and it was an amazing occasion once again! Thanks team CBFF!

    August 2022
  • jerroll sanders

    It was very well organized and integrated many aspects of Black culture that made the festival a must attend.

    July 2022
  • Sandra Mathieu

    The CBFF experience was amazing. There was a vast array of films presented from different genres. The discussion panels and workshops were also very interesting. Overall very good vibe and festive ambiance. A great opportunity to network and make professional connections. The staff and volunteers team were so welcoming and friendly! Will definitely be back for future editions. I am also very grateful for the honors of winning my very first award for Best International Film! #creativeauthority

    July 2022
  • The festival was awesome. The best part was the staff. They were very hospitable, fun, helpful and made the entire festival experience spectacular. By far the best staff I've come across in all the festivals I've been to. The comedy show was my other favorite part and the awards night opening performance was epic!

    July 2022