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 Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
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 at least one or more 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 2017 or after. Submissions MUST NOT be available for viewing online (sites like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or on VOD platforms. Our only exception to this is for web series submissions. All students must provide current, valid ID and submit with school e-mail.

I hereby enter the above named film/video in the 2019 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
  • Tewodross Melchishua Williams

    So proud and happy to be apart of this event and recommend it to others.

    December 2018
  • Darien Sills-Evans

    An absolute terrific festival lead by the amazing Kevin Sampson. Kevin is easily one of the most enthusiastic and passionate film festival directors I've encountered. You can hear in his voice how much he enjoys the films programs and as an event, you really can't ask for more. A wonderful festival to screen in. Apply immediately.

    November 2018
  • I was over the top impressed and grateful for the job this festival did to engage with filmmakers and to promote their films. And with a purpose to serve a minority in the industry that badly needs and deserves recognition. Super important festival that I very much hope to see grow.

    August 2018
  • Michael Faulkner

    Well organized, thoughtfully curated quality films.

    August 2018
  • Praheme Praphet

    I had a great time at the DC BLACK Film Festival! So many amazing films and great filmmakers to connect with. Very intimate setting in the heart of DC. Well worth the submission fee.

    August 2018