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 2021 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
  • Abdul Stone Jackson

    Very professional group! They encouraged a Zoom meeting which was a success. They managed the Covid-19 limitations well and I look forward to submitting again.

    July 2020
  • Having our movie screen at National Black Film Festival has been amazing. To top it all off, our movie Wienerland won the 'BEST TV PILOT`award. We are truly overjoyed. Thank you NBFF and team you have been wonderful.

    June 2020
  • Briana Bougard

    What an honor it was to win Best Original Screenplay for my script Black Mourning! Although we couldn’t network physically, I had a great time getting to know all of the other nominees via our email thread. We all followed each other on social media so overall great experience!

    May 2020
  • Joyce Fitzpatrick

    Our team LOVED this festival not only because of the valuable workshops and networking, but they admired the founder and their staff for making each filmmaker feel welcome and relevant. This festival is going to grow and b even better in the years to come.

    June 2019
  • Mitch Roberson

    This was my first year attending and all I can say is I’m so glad I did!! This festival had everything you needed all virtually in one location. You are submersed in a forum for 3 days of nonstop educating, interacting and engaging with others in everything film. They covered topics from audition technique, producing and pitching to writing, make-up, directing and cinematography. They honestly covered it all. I was blown away how each presenter took their time with each of us. I’ve been grateful to attended several festivals and I can honestly say this one had a lot of heart. You could feel it everyday, in every lecture and seminar. When time ran short for Actor Westley Jonathan, Presenter for the Master Acting class he took time after class, found an open area on a stage and preceded to review scenes with each remaining attendee. Casting Director Natasha Ward attended to everyone in her Audition Master Techniques class. She assured everyone had an opportunity to perform. Director Greg Carter answered every question during his Director’s Master Class and stayed thereafter to address more questions. No one was missed. This is just a small example of the true dedication and true heart that was displayed by this team.

    You can only admire and be inspired by what J.O., Denisha and their team have accomplished. This was the 3rd year and many could feel the hard work & dedication that was put into this festival. Honestly for me, it felt more like a retreat. I entered as a lone artist wanting to share a piece of my art. I left with a sense of accomplishment on a new level, heighted inspiration and a new family of talented friends. It’s truly something to experience. You won’t walk away with this at every festival. I honestly advise you to experience it for yourself! Mad love for this festival!

    June 2019