MECCAcon International Film Festival, aka MECCAcon IFF, founded in 2014 and registered under Ava DuVernay's ARRAY, highlights independent films starring & from creators of the African diaspora. Short films are primary, but feature films have been added as well. We always have some of the best filmmakers in our festivals. We believe in showcasing GREATNESS to the public eye! Filmmakers in the past have included but aren’t limited to: Jackie JJ Stone, Yolonda Ross, Evita Castine, Bobby Yan, Stefon Bristol, Nadia Sasso, Jay Woo, Mariama Diallo, Darius Clark Monroe, James Bland, Xavier Burgin, Derek Dow, Ka’ramuu Kush, dream hampton, Donnie Leapheart, Gabrielle Tesfaye, Eliciana Nascimento, Nosa Igbideon, Korstiaan Vandiver, Daye Rogers, and many more.

MECCAcon is elated to announce that we will be holding the film festival (as well as the convention it coincides with) at DSA (Detroit School). Detroit School of Arts is a nationally renowned Arts and Academic high school that offers a strong college preparatory Academic and Arts Curriculum, with pre-professional study in Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music Technology, Dance, Theater, Speech, Radio/Television production, Visual Arts and Visual Communications. The Detroit School of Arts is one of four magnet schools in Detroit, where the others are Renaissance High School, Cass Technical High School and Communication & Media Arts High School. Entrance to Detroit School of Arts is based on an audition that takes place at the end of a student's eighth grade year. Students are required to declare a major of study i.e. Dance, Theatre, Instrumental Music, etc.

The film festival will be for two days: Thursday, September 19th, and Saturday, September 21st (during the convention).

For more information, please contact MECCAcon IFF founder, Maia "Crown" Williams, at

Short films are to be no longer than 40 minutes long, unless approved. Main characters are to be of the African diaspora.

Some films are only shown at one festival, others are shown at multiple.

Payments are non- refundable. Payments do not guarantee your film to be selected.

Film submissions are to be digital submissions only. Film submissions should include the following:

Digital download : vimeo, youtube, etc, unless notified for a physical copy
Film poster, with laurels, if applicable
The description of film, short and/or long
Bio/headshot, website, email of filmmaker if it is the person who is submitting

Payment in US dollars are made by PayPal. A completed entry form and an entry fee must accompany each film.

We will accept online payment by PayPal or via credit card, (Master Card, and Visa preferred). Please do not send checks and/or money orders. The nonrefundable Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival.

MECCAconIFF reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission. Incomplete entries without proper fees will be rejected.

MECCAconIFF does not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival.

ALL SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO US AS SECURE ONLINE SCREENERS. MECCAconIFF no longer accepts DVD/BluRay screeners as standard submissions.
Priority is given to World Premieres for features & shorts.

All films must be in English or with English subtitles. Foreign language films must be dubbed in English or presented in their original language with English subtitles.
Promotional, instructional or industrial films, and raw documentation of performances are not eligible.

Submission of your work confirms that MECCAcon International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize any film including promotional stills and information submitted and accepted during the Festival and/or at any other Festival event for promotional purposes in MECCAcon International Film Festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations for participation in MECCAcon International Film Festival. The individual or corporation warrant the submission of work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission and this film is not subject to any litigation nor is any litigation threatened. The individual or corporation also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and will indemnify and hold harmless MECCAcon International Film Festival, Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts, Black Speculative Arts Movement, its directors, management, staff, and sponsors, and defend them against all claims, demands, losses damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorney’s fees) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos screened or entered arising out of MECCAconIFF’s exhibition and promotion of said film- should such film be programmed as part of the MECCAcon International Film Festival.

MECCAconIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in event scheduling or programming. The selection committees’ decisions are final. All responses by MECCAcon International Film Festival (MECCAconIFF) will be made by email.

Films that are screened in the city of choice within (3) three months prior to MECCAconIFF MAY NOT screen with us accept at the sole discretion of the festival. This rule is strictly observed.

Submissions MAY NOT be withdrawn from MECCAcon International Film Festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of The People’s Film Festival.

Films that have been selected to screen with MECCAcon International Film Festival MAY NOT be withdrawn once filmmaker accepts and signs our agreement to be screened with us.