The North Carolina Black Film Festival is a Four day juried and invitational festival of independent motion pictures by Black filmmakers which showcase features, shorts, animation, documentary films, and student films. We pride ourselves in the Carolina Hospitality and great previous honorees and winners such as Anthony Hemingway, Ava DuVernay, Giancarlo Esposito, the late Dwayne McDuffie, Scott Sanders and more.

The North Carolina Black Film Festival is held in Wilmington, NC formerly known as Hollywood East. The dates of this year's festival are March 24 - March 27, 2022.

Trophies Awarded to 1st Place winners as well as a Festival package in the Feature, Doc, and Short categories based on 3 submissions in each category.

1st Place Student winners receive a special package and trophy.

Overall Rating
  • Charles A. Honeywood

    Truly grateful for this phenomenal festival! Unforgettable experience.

    April 2022
  • Michael Streissguth

    A lively and very welcoming festival, I am grateful for the screening "The Tower Road Bus" received and the audience discussion that followed.

    April 2022
  • The NCBFF continues to be one of the best film festivals in the nation supporting and showcasing diverse talent and stories!! Bravo to the NCBFF for being on that forefront of creating a receptive and sharing space for filmmakers like me!!

    April 2022
  • It was truly an honor and blessing to have my short documentary film "Becoming Black Lawyers" screened at this year's 18th Annual North Carolina Black Film Festival. It was very well-organized and the hospitality and kindness exhibited by their team was exceptional. From what I experienced, the attendees were serious film buffs and took the time to not only watch my film but also understand and thoughtfully consider, discuss and ask meaningful questions. The networking opportunities with other filmmakers in attendance was also excellent. I felt (and my son who is also an aspiring filmmaker) embraced and appreciated by both organizers and attendees. It was like family. This was my very first experience at an in-person film festival since the pandemic in 2020 and it exceeded my expectations. I especially appreciated sitting in the room and seeing the audience reaction to the film in person - priceless. It was really a great experience and one I will always remember. I will absolutely be back for years to come as an attendee, supporter, and volunteer! I enjoyed being included and also watching the other Black films programmed throughout the weekend. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience! Continued success!

    April 2022
  • L B

    Our documentary film "The Mayor's Race" got selected and we were very proud. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend but communication was great. Looked like a great festival.

    May 2019