The Newark Museum of Art Black Film Festival (formerly Newark Black Film Festival)

July 9, 10, 11, 12 & July 15, 22, 29, 2020

Plans are firming up for the 2020 season of the Newark Museum Black Film Festival.

See schedule for adult & youth screenings this spring at

Since its inception in 1974, The Newark Museum of Art Black Film Festival has become known among its peers as the longest running black film festival in the United States. Throughout the years, it has continued to provide a progressive public forum for hundreds of emerging writers, directors, producers, performers and film buffs who enjoy African American and African Diaspora cinema. Screening in the summer months, the films that are shown reflect the full diversity of the black experience and the diaspora, both past and present.

Each film selection encompasses a wide range of cinematic forms and formulas, from documentary to the avant-garde.

The festival also features the Paul Robeson Awards, a biennial competition which will be held again in 2020. Applications now available at

The Festival is open to the public and receives funding in the form of special grants from foundations and corporations. It is administered by The Newark Museum of Art and planned by the Festivals Selection Committee, which includes Chair and screenwriter/playwright Richard Wesley, who wrote the screenplays for "Let's Do It Again," "Uptown Saturday Night," "Native Son," just to name a few.

The Newark Museum of Art Black Film Festival Turns 46 in 2020.

To be considered in the regular Festival (no fee), submit films w/synopsis to NMofA Black Film Festival, Pat Faison, NMofA BFF Coordinator, 49 Washington Street, Newark NJ 07102-3176.

Paul Robeson Awards - application fee $40, winners receive cash awards in categories of Long & Short Narrative and Long & Short Documentaries. Visit for application.