The DC Black Film Festival (DCBFF) is dedicated to showcasing quality film, webseries and television content by and/or about people of African descent. We support emerging artists striving to add diversity to the images and storytellers working in the entertainment industry. The DCBFF is committed to playing an integral role in discovering, celebrating and helping films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, media and public.

Jury Awards are given in the following categories:

Best Feature
Best Documentary
Best Short
Best Web Series
Best Student Film
Best Animated/Experimental
Best DC Film- Given to film in which DC is a prominent setting or focus of the story.

Audience Choice- Given to film with highest audience rating. Can be any length/type/genre.

All films submitted must have one or all of the above-the-line crew members (writer, director, producer or actors) be of African descent. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Films must have been created in 2016 or after. Submissions MUST NOT be available on VOD platforms. All students must provide current, valid ID and submit with school e-mail.

I hereby enter the above named film/video in the 2018 DC Black Film Festival (DCBFF) competition and hold all necessary rights for said production. I understand that DCBFF will not be responsible for accidental damage to, or loss of, my entry or any other materials submitted, nor will they be liable for any legal actions, which may arise in connection to this production. If nominated, I understand I must provide DCBFF with production photos, promotional materials, and an exhibition copy of my work. I understand that, unless otherwise specified, DCBFF provides no financial compensation for any exhibition of my work. I understand that if my work is nominated, excerpts may be used by DCBFF for promotional purposes. I understand and am authorized to accept all of the terms listed under the submission guidelines, and I agree to abide by all guidelines.

Overall Rating
  • Lia Johnson

    Great DC festival with excellent films and many of the filmmakers are local or visiting for the screenings!

    April 2018
  • Monda Webb

    This first year running festival felt like year 5. Smooth in it's operation, impactful in its film choice, and timely, relevant discussions made for an awesome experience. Honored that my short film Zoo (Volkerschau) was a part of the flagship. Looking forward to attending for years to come.

    October 2017
  • Desmond Goldson

    Great festival and very interesting topics

    September 2017
  • Pearl Gluck

    Thank you, Kevin and the DC Black Film Festival crew for creating such an engaging audience and community around the films at the festival! Great experience, helpful networking, and meaningful conversation. Really appreciated the opportunity to screen at the festival and talk film with you on Picture Lock!

    August 2017
  • Joe Petricca

    I thank the DC Black Film Festival for programming my short A MEDITATION as well acknowledge all that they do.
    They were very informative and embracing. Unfortunately I could not attend the festival but that did not make a difference to the attention they paid me and the film.
    The festival contacted me (and all other programmed filmmakers) to participate in some radio press prior to the festival which is great and somewhat unusual. Its this sort of attention that differentiates them from others.

    August 2017