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
* Student Films (18 and Older)
* Poetry ( film/video)
This is an individual competition.( MUST BE 18 0R 0LDER)
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
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.