In a short time the National Black Film Festival has established themselves as one of the premier film festivals in the country. Educational workshops and panels that give the filmmaker and/actor insight into their chosen field. You don't want to miss our networking events starting with our opening night mixer and followed by the NBFF All Black Party and NBFF 2020 Awards Show. Join us and your film can be the next projecting on the big screen!

The NBFF acts as a bridge to connect industries professionals and those upcoming talent with 4 days of entertainment, education and empowerment.

The NBFF was founded by film producer J.O. Malone with an initiative to build an enlightening platform for future filmmakers and actors. Another primary goal of the NBFF is to stimulate the production of more high quality films in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area-mapping the city as a major cinematic outlet.

Come mix and mingle with the industries elite, learn trade secrets and build those essential relationships that will take your filmmaking to the next level.

The National Black Film Festival, The Home of Black Cinema, TV And Streaming!

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Web series
Best TV Pilot
Best Animation
Best Student Film
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Original Screenplay
Best Music Video
Best Song
Best Movie Poster

All winners of each category will be announced on the night of the awards.

In order to submit to the National Black Film Festival, one or more of the following should be African American:

1. Lead Actor/Actress
2. Director
3. Writer
4. Producer
5. Editor

Eligibility Requirements

18 or older to submit
All films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2019 to be eligible.
Feature films must not have been on or released through U.S. or international television, in commercial release or on the Internet prior to the dates of the festival. This includes Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, DVD Sales or Amazon.
Those submitting in student films MUST have proof of current enrollment.
All films submitted not in English must be subtitled in English for presentation.

Submission Requirements

In order to be completely submitted, all submissions must include:
Completed filled out entry form
Preview Blu-ray (Please put run time and title of the film on the screener)
Entry Fee

All Entry Materials will not be returned.

One person may submit in different categories but only once in each category.
Also, each particular film submitted maybe only be submitted in one category.
Each submission requires a separate entry fee.

If your work is selected:

An electronic press kit completed with production stills, Synopsis of the film, and a 350 or less word biography of the director must be sent to the National Black Film Festival email.
2 additional Blu-ray copies must be mailed to the National Black Film Festival office.
Film trailers should be emailed.
EPKS, posters and postcards should be sent to the NBFF office for press and marketing no later than March 11, 2020.


Films that are accepted into the National Black Film Festival should NOT have been on or released through U.S. or international television, in commercial release or on the Internet prior to the dates of the festival. This includes Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, DVD Sales or Amazon.

The filmmaker is responsible for clearing all rights to the material in their film.

The National Black Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

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.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless National Black Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • The NBFF is our stories, our voices. I was so proud to be a part of this festival & witness first hand what a great opportunity it is for filmmakers and the community. All the panels classes and events geared toward advancing the arts & the culture. I met some great filmmakers & saw some truly moving work. And I was very impressed with J O Malone & the NBFF Team. And thank you so much for selecting Pretty A** White Girl -Day12 Best TV Pilot!!

    May 2019
  • Andre Rangiah

    National Black Film Festival is a great experience. I didn't get to experience the entire festival but the communication and people were great!

    May 2019
  • It was a great experience and honor to have my screenplay selected. They are passionate about film and opening doors for us as a people in the film industry. I'm proud to be black and it was wonderful being around so many talented people.

    May 2019
  • JPaige .

    WOW is an understatement!! This film festival was short of amazing in its few short years of existence. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve learned more from these 4 days about the industry than my 13 yrs in Los Angeles! The founders J.O. and Danisha worked so unbelievably hard, you could see how exhausted they were at the days end! Everyone was sooooo down to earth and willing to support each other. Can’t say enough about the panelists! Natasha Ward, Wesley Jonathan, Greg Clark, Lauren Ashli, Trey Haley, Roni Brown were so giving and honest to their fields!! Definitely invaluable knowledge! It was an incredible sight to see!! Natasha Lewis-I’m not sure why you wrote that but although they maybe working out the very small kinks, Houston has something very special on their hands and if you get the chance to experience this festival like I did, you will not regret it so don’t save your money.

    May 2019
  • This festival felt like a family reunion! I felt a lot of love from everyone involved in putting it on and everyone that hosted workshops, I hope I get to go to this festival every year!!

    May 2019