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 want to miss our networking events starting with our opening night mixer and followed by the NBFF All Black Party and 2019 NBFF 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 together 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.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
CINEMATOGRAPHY
COSTUME DESIGN
DIRECTING
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
FILM EDITING
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
ORIGINAL SCORE
ORIGINAL SONG
BEST PICTURE
PRODUCTION DESIGN
ANIMATED SHORT FILM
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
SOUND EDITING
SOUND MIXING
VISUAL EFFECTS
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BEST COMEDY
BEST STUDENT FILM

All winners of each category will receive a reward 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

Eligibility Requirements

18 or older to submit
All films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2018 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 DVD (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 DVD 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, 2019.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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.

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  • Amber Rhodes

    Absolutely loved being a part of the festival this year! I learned a lot from the classes offered to the participants. I was also able to meet a lot of great people during the evening networking events as well. Can't wait till the next one!

    September 2018
  • Jerome Bailey


    My short documentary was accepted in this festival and I spoke on the filmmaking panel two years in a row. Both years were very tough, transitional periods in my life - especially this year.

    Interestingly enough, and the way God works is that this year the films were literally in Houston's Downtown AMC theater, so filmmakers like myself saw our work on the big screen. For me this was a pivotal moment in my life. I watched my film in the theater along with other attendees and I heard their responses to different moments in my film.

    During this time in my life I wanted to quit on everything but that day I saw my Faith Story on the big screen and as I sat on the panel, God used those moments to start to transition me from my storm to my harvest.

    Those were some HUGE moments in my life. I thank the founder J.O. Malone and the amazing team they have for always seeking to give platforms to up and coming filmmakers like myself, some who don’t have 100,000 followers yet but have a positive message.

    This festival will continue to grow and be an excellent platform because of the great integrity the foundation is built upon. I will continue to support this festival for as long as they are around which I believe will be a very long time.

    August 2018
  • Great festival however I do not understand why they cannot return my BluRay's to me especially when I always enclose prepaid packaging at no expense to the festival to have my materials returned. They have stopped all communication now.

    Thank you to the NBFF Team for choosing the film however this one protocol is a questionable practice.

    June 2018
  • Shawn Foulks

    The greatest film festival I've been to in 2018!

    May 2018
  • Calvin Fitzgerald

    This thing will get BIGGER.. pretty soon. It's a blessing of an opportunity and it has just as much potential as any other major festival. From day one, I could tell that somebody was putting in HARD WORK! And, that's gonna pay off.

    May 2018