The Rhode Island Black Film Festival is four days of screenings of feature, short and documentary films by filmmakers from around the globe.
The Rhode Island Black Film Festival is currently moving forward with an in person Film Festival, however we will make any changes necessary. Each day the Festival features LIVE discussions with actors, filmmakers and film industry leaders discussing the process of filmmaking covering every nook and cranny of the art, craft, and business of storytelling through the platform of film. The Rhode Island Black Film Festival is Rhode Island's only platform serving as a creative space for conversations, ideas, and projects by filmmakers
of African- American, Caribbean and Afro-Latin descent.
The Rhode Island Black Film Festival Is where social justice and cinema take a seat.

Rhode Island Black Film Festival Film of the Year
Rhode Island Black Film Festival Best Documentary
Best Feature Film
Best Short
Best Student

By entering the Rhode Island Black Film Festival you agree to follow its rules and guidelines. Eligibility requirements are final. There are no exceptions.

We consider films in any language, from anywhere in the world. If your film is not in English, make sure it has English subtitles where necessary.

We consider films regardless of their premiere status. Even if your film premiered at another festival, it’s still eligible.

Only features that don’t have distribution are eligible for RIBFF. Entrants must notify the festival at once if their distribution status changes.

There’s no distribution rule for Short Films. All Short Films, including those released online, are eligible.

We don’t provide waivers to any filmmakers. This is how we ensure an equal playing field and stay fair to all who submit to our festival.

If accepted, entrants are responsible for delivering their exhibition copy and other materials, such as: trailer, screener link, press stills, and press-kit, by deadline.

If accepted, filmmakers are required to do their best to attend the festival.

We are unable to update screeners once they are already in our system. We encourage filmmakers to submit their work as early as possible.
Submissions are accepted until 11:59 PM EST on the deadline date.

Overall Rating
  • Ms. Monique Berkley

    An amazing group of smart, well informed and warm individuals. They get what creatives are all about. I will definitely submit to this festival again in the future.

    May 2021
  • Harrell Williams

    Thank you to the Rhode Island Black Film Festival for an excellent festival and opportunity. Best to you All!

    May 2021
  • Wonderful festival! I loved it! Will definitely love to return.

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you