Da Bounce Urban Film Festival is the Netherlands first urban (black) film festival. Join us for the 2023 edition! 8 - 10 december 2023

With its variety in new releases, classics, narrative, features, shorts and documentaries, the events celebrates the cinematic diversity. DBUFF also organizes Q&A's, panel discussions, workshops and talent development.

This submission segment is specifically for novices filmmakers with medium or low budgets, film made by and/or about people of African descent (Urban), filmmaker needn’t be of African descent. However the lead actor/actress must be of African descent or a predominantly black cast. DBUFF offers a fantastic opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers from all over the globe to showcase their Short Urban Film/Documentary at “International DBUFF Talent Award”. Only Dutch citizens are eligible for an award & prizes. DBUFF has also an award for the best foreign film.

This year DBUFF also accepting Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature.

DBUFF offers a platform to initiatives that stimulate the landscape of urban (black) film. We build bridges, stimulate growth and offer insights into the great potential within the urban film segment. Aside from our annual festival, our film related activities include distribution, marketing, PR and events. Last year 6.500+ people from both the industry and the public attended DBUFF. The 8th Annual Da Bounce Urban Film Festival will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from the 8th to the 10th of dec. 2023.

We look forward to see your submissions and welcome you to Da Bounce Urban Film Festival!

All official selected participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Best Short:
The winning film will receive a:
o special screening during DBUFF2023
o trophy/plaque
o certificate of participation
o €1000 to be spent on a next project

Rules and Qualification

The special screening team of Da Bounce Urban Film Festival and professional judges will select projects which will be presented in the competition and for screening. Each official selection will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Only projects that meet the following criteria may be chosen as official selections:

1. The content must be submitted by a creator/producer aged 18 +.

2. Film made by and/or about people of African-European descent. filmmaker needn't be of African-European descent, however the leading actor/actress must be of African (European) descent.

3. Films that have been produced during the 36 months preceding Da Bounce Urban Film Festival;

4. Shorts films should not exceed 30 minutes in length, including credits.
4.a Feature films should not exceed 120 minutes in length, including credits.

5. Throughout the duration of the Festival, none of the films selected may be shown outside the Festival’s official theaters before its official screening.

6. Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival program.

7. All non-Dutch speaking films must be presented in their original version with Dutch or English subtitles.

All subtitling expenses are to be met by the film’s producer.

8. The Board of Directors selects all members of the jury for competition and screening. No person having taken part in the production or promotion of a film in competition may be on the jury.

9. The jury is obliged to award the: The Best Short, Actor and Actress

10. Films to be submitted for the official selection must be entered by midnight on March 19th 2023. An entry form must be completed for all submissions..

11. If your film is selected, a Notice of Official Selection shall be emailed on or before March 19th, 2023. to the email address provided by the submitter in their entry form

12. On being selected you must supply to us your work in film, Blue-Ray or DCP of the film on disc, or external hard drive by March 23th 2023.

13. Any supporting marketing and PR material available for the projects selected must be supplied by March 23th 2023.

14. Da Bounce Urban Film Festival office can provide you with further details if your project is selected.

15. If your project is selected for exhibit at the Festival, it is the requirement of the Festival that you put forth all effort to attend the festival, at your own travel/lodging expense to promote and support your film, and collect your award.

16. Da Bounce Urban Film Festival office has the power to settle all cases not covered by the present rules and regulations.

17. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations and respect of submission and screening conditions. Furthermore by completing the initial online entry form (you/your company) agree to the Festival’s terms and rules

-submitted works must be accompanied by the entry form

Overall Rating
  • Nicolas Polixene

    Terrific festival that I was so sad I was unable to attend. The films that were screening were part of a very curated program that I thought really made sense, recognizing big names while acknowledging the work of young or first time filmmaker. That creates a very exciting environment and I was honored to be nominated for a Talent Award. The communication with the team throughout was stellar, and they even followed up after the festival was over, which doesn't happen often. I really hope I can attend next time. Great job and long live Da Bounce!

    November 2019
  • Laura Hermanides

    Great great festival. Fantastic vibe, wonderful audience, great staff and most of all a very authentic feel overall.

    November 2018
  • Gabriel Bagnaschi

    Fantasic festival with a great showcase of diverse talent from all over the world. Great communication and very welcoming staff. Definetely one of the most supportive festivals for new talents and young filmmakers!

    November 2018