Killeen had its inaugural film and art showcase in fall 2020. Due to COVID-19, it was all virtual. We gave filmmakers an opportunity to "Tell their Stories". Artists from across the country were able to paint and construct art to a live virtual audience. We had musicians and discussions with the filmmakers.

We have already expanded from a showcase to a fest. We are eager to celebrate and introduce our 2nd event. This event will be a hybrid, both in person and virtual. We are excited for you to submit your art and give you the platform to "Tell your Story".

All selected films win Killeen Black Art and Film Fest laurels.

The Killeen Black Art and Film Fest committee (KBAFF) requires that all film, music videos and artwork is written, directed, or produced by Black filmmakers and/or artists; or prominently feature Black actors or musicians. Filmmakers and or artists of all races and ethnicities are welcome to submit their film, music videos and artwork but their subject matter must positively promote Blacks, the Black community and/or the Black experience. KBAFF strongly encourages filmmakers to submit their finished films.
Submissions are open to U.S. and international entries. Films and original music videos made in a language other than English must have English subtitles. Submissions must be the original work of the applicants (filmmakers & artists). If work is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the fest. Neither the fest nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the fest, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. KBAFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.
KBAFF has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or judges; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process. KBAFF has the right to select or reject any film or piece of artwork without explanation to the applicant.
Films/music videos need to have been completed January 2017 or later. There is no specific timeline set for artwork. DVDs and press materials will not be returned under any circumstances. Films may have been screened in previous shows & events. No refunds on submission fees.
KBAFF may use up to 2 minutes of all submissions, film & art, in a trailer for advertisement of the event.

Event Certification:
I/We have read all of the rules, understand, and have complied with these rules.
I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.
I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead.
To the best of my/our knowledge, all the statements herein are true and correct.
I/WE HEREBY AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FEST, ITS ASSOCIATES/EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

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  • Excellent experience! Well organized, courteous, personal touch! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

    September 2021
  • Even though I was not able to attend I enjoyed the virtual experience. I think Killen did a wonderful job in an already technical difficult culture while in a covid 19 state of emergency. After Killeen corrected their small technical issue I enjoyed the entire event as a film director picked in the Killeen's Black film festival and as a attendee. I watched all of the other films and enjoyed them.

    August 2021
  • Chris Oledude


    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of the 
    Killeen Black Art and Film Fest. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants!  To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself. We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common to many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future. Peace and stay safe!

    July 2021
  • Erin Kokdil

    We are grateful that the work of our Youth Media Academy participant had an opportunity to be screened at the Killeen Black Art and Film Fest. The commitment to young and emerging filmmakers is greatly appreciated.

    June 2021
  • A HUGE thank you to everyone for doing such a great job with keeping the festival going during these trying times! The communication was great. The cast and crew of "Dignity" are so sorry we couldn't be there in person because of the pandemic but we hope to meet everyone in person next time. Thank you again!

    June 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your participation & for still attending virtually! We hope to meet you all in person as well. :)