Thank you to the Ford Foundation for their generous support.

The 3rd annual Detroit Black Film Festival
September 21-25, 2022, at the beautiful Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Marlene Boll Theater and the Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan.

There are 2 venues for film screenings.
1. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren, Detroit, Michigan 48201
2. Marlene Boll Theater, inside of the Downtown Detroit YMCA
1401 Broadway, Detroit, Michigan 48226
Virtual Screenings take place Thursday - Saturday, September 21-24, 2022 via EVENTIVE.

TICKETS & PASSES VIA EVENTBRITE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-3rd-annual-detroit-black-film-festival-tickets-231346251867

Virtual Screenings on Eventive: $5
1 Block of Films: $15
Day Pass: $25
Awards Ceremony - Sponsored by Duke & Dame: $45
All Access Festival Pass Early Bird includes all screenings, events and the Awards Ceremony (Until August 31st): $85
All Access Festival Pass includes all screenings, events and the Awards Ceremony (Starting September 1st): $100

Agenda
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Opening night reception with filmmakers, short films and a special screening of "Lady Sings the Blues."
Opening night is free and open to the public to attend. Registration is required via Eventbrite. *Cash Bar
Location: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Thursday, September 22, 2022
12:00 noon - 6:30 p.m. - Film Screenings (ticket required)
Location: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Check the film screening schedule for details.
and
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Film Screenings (ticket required)
Location: Marlene Boll Theater
Check the film screening schedule for details.

Friday, September 23, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Film Forum: A roundtable discussion with actors. This forum is free and open to the public to attend.
12:00 noon - 5:30 p.m. - Film Screenings (ticket required)
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Film Screening (ticket required)
Location: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Check the film screening schedule for details.
and
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Film Screenings (ticket required)
Location: Marlene Boll Theater
Check the film screening schedule for details.

Saturday, September 24, 2022
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Film Forum: A roundtable discussion with film distributors. This forum is free and open to the public to attend.
12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. - Film Screenings (ticket required)
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Mixer
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Film Screening (ticket required)
and
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Film Screenings (ticket required)
Location: Marlene Boll Theater
Check the film screening schedule for details.
9:00 p.m. After Glow at Yum Village (6500 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202)

Sunday, September 25, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Tickets: $35 (lunch included)
Awards Ceremony - Sponsored by Duke & Dame

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)

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.

2022 Detroit Black Film Festival Awardees:

Best Director
Sir Steve McQueen
“Embarrassed”

Best Feature Film
Inexistent
Best Short Film
Sons of Toledo

Best Short Film
Something in the Clouds

Best Short Film
If These Locs Could Talk

Best Screenplay
Pictures Only

Best Web Series
Down Bad
2022

Best Web Series
Ingeniuses

Festival Choice Award
Feature Film
One Pint at a Time

Festival Choice Award
Short Film
Sophia

Festival Choice Award
Short Film
Ride to Remember

Best Action
Short Film
Humanity

Best Documentary
Feature Film
The Woodstock of House

Best Documentary
Feature Film
Formula 734

Best Documentary
Feature Film
Lost In the Sauce: The Kalvin Henderson Story

Best Documentary
Short Film
Digging for Life

Best Documentary
Short Film
Black in Hollywood: Carlton Jordan -'Trials of Tokenism'

Best Documentary
Short Film
Black in the Newsroom

Best Inspirational Film
Black Daddy The Movie

Best Dramatic Film
Survival

Best Animated Film
My Granddaddy Cadillac

Best Poetic Film
Weary Blues

Best Student Film
Kojak: A Fuller Life

Debut Filmmaker Award
Jhayla Mosley
“The Letter”

Independent Spirit Award
Strange Fruit

Independent Spirit Award
The Sun Rises is the East

Independent Spirit Award
Don’t Be Desperate

Breakthrough Film Award
Dr. West’s Fervor

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
Quality
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Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • 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