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.

Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Original Screenplay
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Original Song
Best Short Film
Best Extended Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Web series
Audience Award for Feature Film
Audience Award for Short 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.


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 only downside was being unable to attend. Thank you to the NBFF Team for your support.

    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
  • N'Zuri Za Austin

    I really enjoyed the 2nd annual National Black Film Festival. The people were all extremely nice, and I was able to see some great films as well as attend some very informative workshops. I definitely took something away from the experience and was grateful to have screened there.

    May 2018
  • Tonyai Palmer

    This journey of a thousand roads keeps crossing, connecting and getting better with time. I’m blown away by the National Black Film Festival. WHAT A MAGNIFICENT EXPERIENCE IT’S BEEN!!

    These past few days were jam-packed with informative panels, practical life/craft specific workshops, networking opportunities, vendor/Entrepreneur stations, monologue slam, multiple innovative and enjoyable film presentations, an amazing all-black party, the all-the-way live awards presentation and just all around wonderful connections and great memories guaranteed to last a lifetime.

    Intentional care, consideration and respect was extended to the filmmakers and festivalgoers alike. Not a day went by when there was not an event or activity to attend. To say I am impressed and proud of the due diligence, heart, and passion JO Malone and Denisha Hardeman poured into the 2nd Annual National Black Film Festival (National Black Film Festival) would be an inadequate expression of how I truly feel. The all-inclusive platform created by this dynamic duo galvanized an industry and, in my humble opinion, is worthy of Sainthood. No, like for real for real. LOL!! 😇

    For the incredible cast and crew of #SpecialDeliveryMovie as well as the fantabulous family, friends and fans of our work, my gratitude, appreciation, adoration, and respect for you is fathomless. You are the real MVPs! Praying God Almighty bestows His choicest blessings upon you and all you endeavor to pursue and do. 💕


    May 2018