For the eight years in a row, the Charlotte Black Film Festival (CBFF) will screen three days of Independent Films, Workshops, Industry Networking, Master Classes and more.

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.

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 Short, Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Student Film, Best International Film. Audience Award, Best Director, Best Score, Happy Birthday

Select features, documentary, short films and music videos participate in the Festival’s
five competitive sections, the winners of which are chosen by special juries. Awards are
given for the Best Short, Documentary, Feature, Music Video, and International film.
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”.

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  • I should preface this review by saying I am honoured to have shared my international short film at this years 2018 Charlotte Black Film Festival.

    Just a few minor issues with communication. My film was listed on the site as a different director even after I'd asked for the correction to be made. For clarification the film "C'est Moi" was not directed by Shanice Williamson but by Howard J. Davis.

    I've also asked for how the the screening went which I've yet to hear any news about ie. turn out, feedback etc.

    However overall heard it was a great success and wish I could have attended.

    April 2018
  • I had so much fun at the festival. I won the award for Best Actress and I am truly honored! The location was amazing and there were so many opportunities to network! I hope this festival continues, it is a wonderful experience!

    April 2018
  • Marquette Jefferson

    The CBFF was off the chain! I was able to screen my short film "We Still Together" and get great feedback from the audience. The networking with other filmmakers has been really helpful because we were able to share resources with each other. The staff and the volunteers from the festival were really helpful when it came to booking hotels and dining. After the film festival all the filmmakers were put on a VIP list at the Blue Note Nightclub and we danced the night away. This was an awesome festival.

    October 2017
  • Shanice Williamson

    Every aspect of the Charlotte Black Film Festival was top notch. The absolute best part of it is the fact that its Founder, Mr. Tommy Nichols, is the most down-to-earth man I've met in the industry. He is a true gem. I will continue to support, volunteer and submit work to the Charlotte Black Film Festival.

    August 2017
  • Patrick Durham

    I really enjoyed having my film make it's world premiere at the CBFF. It was a pleasure meeting and dealing with Tommy and all his staff. There were a lot of great films screened there that I really enjoyed which just made my win on awards night even more special to me.

    April 2017