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Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival showcases documentaries about the African American experience that inspire socially conscious cultural discourse. Our dynamic group of collaborators is committed to fostering appreciation for documentary film by maintaining a platform for filmmakers to share their work as catalysts for meaningful dialogue. This summer event spans three days and two venues:

Day 1:
Friday, August 26
Reception and Featured Screening
Indianapolis Art Center
820 East 67th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Day 2:
Saturday, August 27
Full Screening Day – Schedule TBA
Indianapolis Art Center
820 East 67th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Day 3:
Full Screening Day – Schedule TBA
Kan-Kan Cinema and Brasserie
1258 Windsor Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201

Thanks for all the wonderful documentaries which will be screened in the heart of Indy’s arts and culture scene. We are looking forward to another outstanding festival. For more information visit the IBDFF 2022 website at www.ibdff.com.

Best Documentary Feature

Best Documentary Short

Judges' Choice

There are no premiere status requirements. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. A press kit is required. Digital online submission screeners only.
No waivers. The Festival requires a DVD, Blu Ray or Flash Drive for screenings.

By submitting this documentary, you attest that you are the legal owner of the content and/or have the legal right to submit the content to this festival. Neither submission nor acceptance into the festival grant compensation, special privileges, or creative control of any aspect of the festival.
All submissions must include press kits containing each of the following:
• Title of documentary
• Social media handles* for the documentary (e.g., usernames associated with the
documentary Facebook page and Instagram account)
• Name(s) of the filmmaker/director and, if applicable, names of producer(s) and lead actor(s)
• Social media handles* for the filmmaker/director and, if applicable, for the producer(s) and lead actors, producer (s) (e.g., usernames associated with the documentary Facebook page and Instagram account)
• Brief synopsis – in four sentences or less, tell us what your documentary is about. Be concise.
• High-resolution image* representing the documentary. The image may be the documentary poster image or a still image from the film. Fuzzy or pixelated images will not be accepted and will not be included in any festival marketing.
• If applicable, a link to a video clip or trailer for the documentary that can be shared on IBDFF social media

*It is important to include social media handles for the documentary and all development crew as they will be tagged on IBDFF social media to increase exposure to the documentary and the festival. Profane handles will not be tagged. Please consider this when creating handles for yourself and your documentary. It is also important to provide only high-resolution images for your documentary. Please do not provide screenshots or images enlarged from smaller images. Low-resolution, fuzzy, or pixelated images will not be included in festival marketing.

Films will be screened in blocks. Question and answer panels with the filmmakers will be conducted after each block (filmmaker presence and time permitting)

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Tarabu Betserai Kirkland

    The 100 Years From Mississippi team is humbled and honored by the 2021 award for Best Documentary Narrative. Thank you to Dr. Winston and the entire festival team for your excellent work in providing this vehicle to share our stories and for persevering under difficult circumstances to bring this festival to life.

    August 2021
  • Tracii McGregor

    My short film The Forgotten Ones was accepted into the Indianapolis Black Documentary Film Festival alongside what looks like some really brilliant documentaries. The festival was ultimately pushed back due to the pandemic, but I am truly appreciative of how communicative the organizers were throughout the entire process. I look forward to attending and supporting this very important, very necessary festival when the world opens back up.

    May 2020
  • Due to the Covid-19 Virus the festival has been postponed. But I recommend Dr Eric V.A. Winston and staff for the preparation that was done for this festival and the response from some of the people that was going to attend and how they was so excited and couldn't wait for it. But due to the Covid-19 Virus the festival had to be postponed. So I give them 5 stars in every category. And now as we all wait for GOD to give us the victory over this Virus so we can begin to move forward in our life as before. We pray that all who are reading this that you and your families are safe and always GOD bless.

    April 2020