Thank you to the Ford Foundation for their generous support.

The 3rd annual Detroit Black Film Festival is excited to showcase the voices and stories of Black independent filmmakers. Our goal is to elevate narratives that center the experiences and culture of Black people worldwide. Our festival is dedicated to screening excellent, high quality films from seasoned and emerging filmmakers. We strive to support filmmakers on their journey as artists and to provide an exceptional platform for their work.

We welcome submissions from the following categories:
* Narrative Features
* Documentary Features
* Short Films (Narrative or Documentary)
* Web Series
* Animation
* Student Films (18 and Older)
* Poetry ( film/video)
This is an individual competition.( MUST BE 18 0R 0LDER)
African American
USA resident
A Video/Film must be recorded after January 2020

Time limit is 7-10 Minutes.
Participants will be judged on the basis of content,
fluency, spontaneity, presentation & sense of humor.

1st place winner.
"I'm Just Joking!"
30min televised show ( streamed )
3rd place $250
2nd place $500

Bryan Smiley ( Hart Beat Productions )

The 3rd annual Detroit Black Film Festival will be held on September 21-25 2022, at the Beautiful Garden Theater, The Motown Muesum and The Carr Center Theater in Downtown Detroit, Michigan.

Our Duke & Dame Awards Ceremony will be at the Garden Theater in Midtown Detroit.

About the Fearless Tribe of Fanatic Filmmakers

Spearheaded by Marshalle Montgomery Favors and Lazar Favors, "The Fearless Tribe of Fanatic Filmmakers," is a project that will uplift the stories made by film creatives. The Tribe currently consists of 25, independent filmmakers. The project will showcase their work to audiences in Detroit in innovative settings such as art galleries, college campuses, museums, and community/neighborhood spaces. One of its goals is to inspire more diverse stories about people of color to be created and screened in Detroit communities.

The project was one of 25 winners of the Knight Arts Challenge that received a share of $1.46 million. Knight also recently announced an additional $20 million in Detroit’s arts community over the next five years, including a reinvestment in the Knight Arts Challenge.

Trinity Films Entertainment Group (TFEG) is a production company that specializes in producing Television series & independent feature films.

Our mission is to establish a economic empowerment for African American filmmakers worldwide while highlighting a spectrum of stories reflecting African American experiences, narratives & culture.

2021 Detroit Black Film Festival Official Awards List:

Crystal Jade Awardees
Best Artistic Film – Kuongoza

Emerging Filmmaker Award – Franzty Moreau, The Park

Best Short Film – Live

Best Short Film – Silent Partner

Best Feature Film – Sundays in July

Festival Choice Award – In A Sentimental Mood

Best Inspirational Film – Parker’s Dad

Best Director – Omar Dorsey

Best Director – Aristotle Torres

Best Documentary - Dia Tribe: From the Village To The Streets

Best Ensemble Cast - Ain’t Your Mama’s Heat Wave

Best Student Film - Niceville

Best Web Series – The Park

Best Poetry Film – Alchemy

Best Poetry Film – Blackness is Everything

Certificate Awardees

Honorable Mention – Mr. & Mrs. Ellis

Honorable Mention – Coachable

Honorable Mention – Derrick

Honorable Mention – When We Prey On Them

Best Comedy - Fade

Best Drama Feature – Project 8

Best Drama Short – What Divides Us

Best International Film – Navy

Independent Spirit Award – Run Free

Independent Spirit Award – Dhath

Independent Spirit Award – Chicago Guy

Independent Spirit Award - Booked

Films must be submitted via digital download.
Short films can be up to 45 minutes in length.
Feature Films can be up to 100 minutes in length.
Films must be in English or have English subtitles.

All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. Filmmakers will be notified if selected or not, via email.

Filmmakers retain all of the rights to their film / intellectual property.

Overall Rating
  • This was a phenomenal experience and beautifully put together!

    October 2021
  • Black excellence! It was such a pleasure to be in the presence of greatness. Thank you for making our first time festival experience a great one.

    October 2021
  • Ms. Monique Berkley

    I felt sooo connected to the DBFF and their team. These folks know exactly what they're doing and it shows in content, events and artwork. Yes - during the pandemic period. This is a festival I look forward to submitting work to in the future. Keep up the great work!

    November 2020
  • Ron Clemons

    Thank you Detroit for selecting my film, i had a GREAT experience and thank you for having workshops after the festival, they are definitely helping me as a writer and just navigating in the industry.

    September 2020
  • It was great! The Master classes were awesome and very beneficial. The director was very gracious! I hope to be in it again.

    September 2020