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 May 16 - May 19, 2024.

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
  • I was so honored that my documentary was selected to this great film festival. Thank you NCBFF!

    July 2023
  • James Theres

    Fantastic festival. Well organized and we won Best Documentary. Hope to be back one day. Thank you to all.

    June 2023
  • Erika Myers

    We enjoyed our time at the festival. The staff was communicative and made us all feel welcome. During our time there, there wasn't a lot of networking happening and a lot of the audience were devoted supporters that have attended for years, however the response to our film was invaluable.

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    We have a plaque for your film!! Thanks for the review!

  • Outstanding Festival! Made me feel right at home. Well done, met a lot of people and was able to network with quite a few filmmakers and producers! A+, hope to make it there next year as well!

    May 2023
  • Stephanie Soto

    We had a great time at this festival. Charlon, Brandon and the rest of the staff presented an awesome experience. We also like to thank NC Black Film Festival for screening @gamingsmdlife in your family series.

    May 2023