The Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) has experienced amazing growth our first three years from 800 attendees in our inaugural year-2015 to 2400 in year 2 and this 3rd year over 3400 attendees coming together for a “Black Cultural" experience designed to “ Entertain, Educate, and Inspire”.
We are excited of all the possibiities our fourth year 2018 will bring. DBFF features films from diverse emerging and established filmmakers. Each year we showcase a mixture of drama, comedy, documentary, short, and feature length films. Against the backdrop of giant screen viewings, filmmakers experience larger audiences, after screening Q&A,s with the audience, pre-festival promotional opportunities, workshops, panels, and networking opportunities.. Additional entertainment venues include Spoken Word, Art, music, comedy, and more in the heart of the city’s bustling historic Square. Bringing audiences together with filmmakers for a unique experience is our goal.

DBFF is presented by 501 (c) 3 non-profit Denton African American Scholarship Foundation (DAASF- The Foundation seeks to provide scholarships for eligible students ​preparing them as leaders for tomorrow.... change agents for a Global society.

Awards & Prizes

Recipients will be selected by an appointed jury. Certificates and Trophies awarded in the following categories and additional prizes may be available.

JUST ANNOUNCED!!! GRAND PRIZE FOR THE 2018 BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE- DJI MAVIC PRO 4K DRONE- Award Sponsored by the Winners of the 2017 Best Narrative Feature - Lewis/Taylor Productions - film "Jerico".

Stay tuned for additional announcements for other categories.

-Best Narrative Feature
-Best Documentary Feature
-Best Narrative Short
-Best Documentary Short
-Best College Student Short

Filmmaker Benefits:
-VIP All Access festival privileges for Filmmaker and a Guest
-Complimentary Tickets for film production team at filmmaker’s screening*
-Special Filmmaker Events -i.e. Award Program- Mixer- and Breakfast may be planned
- Access to VIP Onsite Lounge
-Discounted hotel accommodation rates

*Tickets limited to Six. Discounts for additional tickets may be requested.

Award eligibility is subject to any restrictions or conditions imposed by applicable laws and regulations (international, federal, state or otherwise), and the award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes, tariffs, insurance and similar charges or costs (if any).

Awards and benefits listed above are subject to change at the discretion of DBFF.

Rules & Terms

• Eligible films must be written, directed or produced by Black filmmakers, OR prominently feature Black actors, OR with subject matter which relates to the Black community. Filmmakers of all races and ethnicities are welcome to submit as long as one of the previously mentioned criteria are met.
• Open to U.S. and International Entries. Films made in a language other than English must have English subtitles.
• Films shown theatrically, sold, or having been distributed on broadcast, cable, satellite VOD or DVD by opening day of festival may be submitted, but are not eligible for competition.
• Only films completed after January 1, 2016 are eligible for competition and awards.
• Films must be completed by their submission date as works in progress are not accepted.
• Competitive Films must be submitted through FilmFreeway with an online screener (HD-YouTube-Vimeo), as the preferred method.
• Films not selected for screening during the film festival may be chosen to screen during any pre and/or post festival event. The filmmaker will be notified of all screenings.
• Films selected for any screenings (pre, during and post festival) will be provided at the filmmaker’s expense in the exhibition format specified by the date set by DBFF.
• Collegiate Filmmakers Only: With submission provide proof of student status at the time of production by sending copy of student ID or unofficial transcript showing enrollment in good standing to
* Press kits, photo materials, trailers, teasers or any other promo materials should be provided through submission process at FilmFreeway.
• Film submissions attest original work with no disputes regarding ownership or copyright. The submitted work does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and DBFF.
• Submitted films may be utilized for promotional purposes of the festival, limited to private screenings, and preview-only copies for press and supporters, unless otherwise arranged with DBFF.
• Submission fees are non-refundable, and once submitted may not be withdrawn without a written request and then at the sole discretion of DBFF.

All submissions and selected entries will be handled with the utmost care. However the DBFF cannot accept responsibility for losses, damages or additional charges incurred during shipping, due to file errors, due to authoring errors, due to normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure.
DBFF is not responsible for any claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses
(including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) arising from or in connection with any claim (including those of third parties) involving music clearances, copyright, trademark, credits, publicity of any film submitted to or screened by DBFF.

Reproduction Agreement:
Submission grants the DBFF and affiliates, permission for accepted films (3 minutes maximum) and related marketing and promotional materials to be reproduced and distributed SOLELY for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival.

6 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Max Cole

    It was an honor to have our film in your festival. Thank you for making this year magical.

    March 2017
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    Joe Shanks

    I really enjoyed the Denton Black Film Festival. The people were extremely nice. If your film was screened there, you were able to have a Q & A and be able to connect with the audience. I would definitely recommend attending this film festival.

    February 2017
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    Palesa Lebona

    One of favourite festivals to date!

    February 2017
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    Calvin Walker

    We loved this festival. The facilities and amenities were awesome. The Eaddy's were such gracious hosts. We cannot wait to come back in 2018. This is definitely one of the festivals that we must go to every year.

    February 2017
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    Peter McNeil

    Denton was the first festival to screen my short film and it was an amazing experience. The founders and the entire staff treated everyone from the filmmakers to the attendees like royalty. For it to be their third year running, they were very well-organized and the itinerary ran smoothly the entire period. If you're a first-time filmmaker, I recommend that you get your feet wet here at the Denton Black Film Festival!

    February 2017