The 2nd 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 2nd annual Detroit Black Film Festival will be held on September 23-26 2021, at the magnificent Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the Cultural Center of the U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1965, the museum holds the world's largest permanent exhibit on African-American culture. In 1997, Detroit architects Sims-Varner & Associates (now SDG Associates) designed a new 120,000 square foot (11,000 m²) facility on Warren Avenue, the museum's current location. The Wright Museum has dual missions, serving as both a museum of artifacts and a place of cultural retention and growth.

A wall of the museum has the museum's official poem, written by Melba Boyd, inscribed in bronze.

The Museum owns more than 35,000 artifacts and archival materials. Some of the major collections it is home to include the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, the Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, a Coleman A. Young Collection and a collection of documents about the labor movement in Detroit called the Sheffield Collection. Also in the museum is an interactive exhibit called And Still We Rise: Our Journey through African American History and Culture, seven exhibition areas devoted to African Americans and their lives, the Louise Lovett Wright Research Library, and the General Motors Theater, which is a 317-seat facility for film, live performances, lectures, and presentations. A terrazzo tile creation by artist Hubert Massey entitled "Genealogy" is in the Ford Freedom Rotunda Floor and the museum is topped by a 100 feet (30 m) by 55 feet (17 m) glass dome. The museum store sells authentic African art and books, as well as other merchandise.

Dwayne is new to the art world and has been turning heads for a couple of years now as he strives to take it further.

Digital art has so many obstacles and different paths. Thousands of ways to do all types of things in the graphic world.... which he has developed a style of his own.
Dwayne has had his art in galleries in New York and New
Jersey and on sale in Montclair NJ. and has been featured on NBC news channel 4. Also The Fashion Institute of Art in New York has had his works on display for Black History month.

"My art speaks volumes for itself. Every piece is made
with the intention of turning an image into something that speaks to each person individually.
Making images more powerful with vivid imagination,color and a style of my own.
I believe a picture should speak to you when you look at it.
Being the center of attention to the mind with just a glance.
My inspirations are Basquiat, Ernie Barns and Wak because of their abilities to make art say something and further more stand for something.

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Dwayne Jones

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.

Awards are given in the following categories:

Best Feature
Best Documentary
Best Short
Best Web Series
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Photography
Best Poetry

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
  • 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