Thank you to the Ford Foundation for their generous support.

The 4th annual Detroit Black Film Festival
September 27- October1st, 2023, 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


1 Block of Films: $15
Day Pass: $25
Awards Ceremony - Sponsored by Duke & Dame: $50

All Access Festival Pass includes all screenings × Masterclasses × Taste of Black Spirits × Liquid panel discussion and the Awards Ceremony $250

The 4th 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

Best Feature Film

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

Best Web Series

Festival Choice Award
Feature Film
One Pint at a Time

Festival Choice Award
Short Film

Festival Choice Award
Short Film
Ride to Remember

Best Action
Short Film

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

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
  • Selton Shaw

    Truly an amazing Festival!!!!!! Detroit Black Film Festival is an exceptionally run event!!! We were honored to be able to screen "America Gone Viral" at this years festival.

    October 2022
  • Tiara West

    Didn't get to make it but this festival Is amazing!

    October 2022
  • Terry Hughes

    Great thing to see in Detroit, Need more help getting the information out when they are in town, Channel 2 would be something to consider.

    October 2022
  • It was a great honour to have my film, Equilibrium, showing at DBFF this year! Hopefully I’ll be able to physically make it to the next one!

    October 2022
  • kanithea powell

    What an awesome festival! Thanks for including our film Humanity and choosing our film for Best Action Short Film. What an honor! We will be there next year for sure!

    October 2022