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.

*In light of the global pandemic (COVID-19) we plan to do a hybrid festival, both in person and virtual. If things get worse, we plan to go fully virtual, but we're hoping for a better 2022. As we did last year, we will have the amazing experience you've come to love!*

Jury Awards are given in the following categories:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary
Best Documentary Short
Best International Film
Best Short
Best Web Series
Best Student Film
Best Animated/Experimental
Best Children's Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best DC Film- Given to film in which DC is a prominent setting or focus of the story.

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 2020 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 2022 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
  • Marina Mathieu

    The DCBFF was a great experience. I loved being able to take part in a panel with other Black women filmmakers. I unfortunately could not watch all movies but I would have loved to do so. Hope I get to participate in the next years.

    October 2021
  • Susan Hillary

    One of the best organized online film festivals. Wonderfully curated and with really high caliber selections. Thank you for including my film. Also really enjoyed the filmmakers online meet ups and cocktail party

    October 2021
  • Carletta Hurt

    I can NOT say enough Kevin and his team! Our first festival and we will continue to support them. They are attentive, organized, supportive, and truly are committed to the work of black people in film. KUDOS!

    October 2021
  • Ryan Singh

    Thank you so much for having H.E.N.R.I. participate at the DC Black Film Festival. It was quite an honour to be a part of your festival and I look forward to future engagements.

    Ryan Singh

    October 2021
  • Olivia Almagro

    I had the honor of participating in the this year's DC Black Film Festival and It was one of my best experiences. While it was virtual, it never missed beat. The panel discussions were informative. The selections of films were well categorized and entertaining. I had the opportunity to network with some incredible filmmakers. Without hesitation, I will do this again.

    September 2021