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
  • Royce Adkins

    Filmmakers do not sleep on this festival! I had an absolute blast! It provided a great space for black creatives to share their stories with an engaging audience. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and met a lot of awesome people. Will be submitting to them again next year!

    August 2018
  • Austin Harris

    I had the pleasure of being selected for the 2nd DC Black Film Festival this past weekend (August 2018). There was a solid turn-out, much more than I was expecting, a red carpet with someone interview filmmakers, and a beautiful venue. Kevin Sampson, the festival director, was very communicative and involved in all aspects of the festival. It was a positive, affirming, uplifting evening where I was able to meet other young filmmakers and I would gladly go again.

    August 2018
  • 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