The San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF), is pleased to present SABIFF 2022. Festival dates run OCTOBER 6 - OCTOBER 9, 2021. OPEN CALL for our “Films in Competition” begins on February 1, 2022 and ends on July 19, 2022. The Early Bird Special ends on April 3rd. SABIFF accepts all original, quality video/film narratives, animation, and documentaries with diverse perspectives on the Black experience. Films that are created by, for, and/or about Black perspectives, with Black Creatives in leading production roles are welcomed. Imaginative genres, and original subject matters are encouraged.

The mission of the San Antonio Black International Film Festival is to showcase quality films, advocate for, and support filmmakers of African descent. We expose audiences to the myriad of subject matters, stories, voices, and diverse images of Black people throughout the global Diaspora that have been historically under-represented. We have our own virtual platform that features 4 Theaters which we use to showcase films and Filmmakers throughout the year leading up to the festival.
SABIFF believes that the narratives, images, history, culture, lives, and a diverse range of art & storytelling by Black Filmmakers MATTER. Creatives are applauded for their desire to bring stories from a Black perspective to life. We welcome Filmmakers from around-the-world to respond to our call.

About SABIFF 2022
This year will mark SABIFF’s 4th year of empowering events. Our events will be held both virtually and physically, in the "Alamo City.” In addition to the Films in Competition, SABIFF 2022 turns the spotlight on animation Creatives. Our theme, ANIMATION IN BLACK will be highlighted at our opening night film presentation, the Ankh Achievement Awardee, panels, and the closing film. Scheduled programming will center on animation talent, with essential roles both in the independent realm, and in the animation industry.
San Antonio is hailed as the 7th largest city in the United States, and a 'military city.' As the second largest city in Texas, San Antonio is widely known for tourist attractions which include: the Alamo, the five-time NBA champion SPURS basketball team, delicious Tex-Mex cuisine, the 750 ft. Hemisphere Tower, and its beautiful River Walk, which runs through the downtown area. San Antonio is an up & coming city full of possibility and exploration. SABIFF’s expansion of the arts, culture, and storytelling through Black films, adds to the city’s commitment to broaden diversity and inclusion.

SABIFF 2022 welcome's San Antonio audiences in town, and viewers across the world-wide-web to join us the first weekend in October (10/6 - 10/9), as we celebrate diverse storytelling, culture and the arts through filmmaking, festivities, and of course, some down-home San Antonio hospitality!

*Black Heritage Things to do in San Antonio

A physical SABIFF 2022 Award will be presented to winning filmmakers in each category (10) at our annual Awards Brunch the closing day of the festival with a few surprises.

*Best Narrative Feature Film *Best Narrative Short Film
*Best Documentary Feature Film *Best Documentary Short Film
*Best Student Film *Music Video
*Best Animation Film *Best Actor in a Film *Best Actress in a Film *Audience Choice Award
(voted on by the viewing audience)

SABIFF 2022 OPEN CALL Submissions are being taken for:

• Documentary (full and short)
• Narrative (full and short)
• Animation
• Student films
• Music Videos

All submissions must have subjects/subject matters by, for and about people of the African Diaspora (Black people of African descent from around the world). Films must consist of a Black Creative in a key role(s) which include, but are not limited to the: director, producer, writer, primary actors, and key crew positions.
All entries must be in English or have English subtitles.
The entry fee of $$ are non-refundable.

Completed films/videos must have been created after January 1, 2017. The film submitted can not be older than 5 years. No Works-in-Progress are accepted. Please submit the film that you would want exhibited if selected in an MP4 1080 x 1920 format (a link of the winning films are also required w/ the MP4)

No web-series are accepted at this time unless it can be presented as a stand along narrative or documentary. Otherwise, only single features, shorts, music videos, animation films, and/or documentaries are accepted.

At the time of OPEN CALL submissions, film/video works MUST NOT be available for monetary profits based on public viewing on distribution outlets such as: Networks, Public Television Broadcast, Movie Theaters, YouTube, Vimeo, etc) or on Video On Demand platforms (Amazon, Prime, I-Tunes, etc).

Based upon their Open Call submission, the filmmaker (producer or director) agrees to make available, and allow SABIFF permission to use any photographs, bios, video excerpts/trailers in the required format (MP4, quicktime file, link), and any other media associated with the film, for use in SABIFF 2022 trailers, website postings, social media outlets, publicity, and promotions at the discretion of the film festival needs. All material screened needs to be legally cleared.

As the submitter of entry, I have read and have complied with all of the San Antonio Black International Film Festival rules. (See recommended format needs below)
I acknowledge that the submission is my/our original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission as well as the footage in the said project.
I warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead, and I fully indemnify the Festival against any claim made for such violations of law. To the best of my/our knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct.

I understand that failure to adhere to the Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

The individual submitting the film hereby warrants that they are authorized to commit the film for SABIFF 2022's screening(s), and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

I agree to hold the San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF 2022) and it's Fiscal Sponsor, Fractured Atlas harmless from any and all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, 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.

FORMATS: Please note the necessary formats for accepted film submissions. We are capable to handle most kinds of mp4, mov, and m4v files, however, as advance notice for selected video/films, we recommend the following video settings for BEST live streaming results when streaming via our platform.

- Format: mp4
- Video codec: H.264 (AVC)
- Audio codec: AAC
- fps: 30 max (Higher fps may cause disruption of stream)
- Video duration: At least 1 minute
- Orientation: Landscape, Portrait, Square
- Audio bitrate: 128 kbps
- Video bitrates: 1500 kbps - 6000 kbps
- 360-degree Video bitrate: 5000 kbps - 10000 kbps

Overall Rating
  • Wow. It was truly an honor to participate in the San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF) this year. Ada M. Babineaux, talented filmmaker and founder, and her hardworking team are genuinely passionate about film, Black stories, and independent Black filmmakers. And you can see this through the organization, attention to detail, and care lovingly poured into this event. I was so excited to participate this year and even more surprised to receive a personal phone call and learn that my film won Best Documentary Short Film this year. Ada sent a beautiful award and thoughtful words of congratulations and encouragement for me to continue in my documentary filmmaking journey. A truly wonderful, first-class experience in spite of having to take place virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. I am looking forward to participating in person in the near future and will continue to support this excellent event for years to come! This is definitely one to watch and support. I am so glad I signed up to participate in this wonderful film festival. Highly recommended.

    December 2021
  • Talamieka Brice

    Very informative and overall great festival.

    October 2021
  • Rodrigo Sena Sena

    We thank you for your participation, pleasant festival

    October 2021
  • Aurélien Mathieu

    SABIFF is an awesome festival ! The whole team is very dedicated and truely caring with the filmakers, making every step a pleasure. I higly recommand filmakers to apply to the San Antonio Black International Film Festival !

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    We appreciate your participation and cooperation Aurelien! La' Rage speaks to issues in society that must change, it will continue to gain traction and spark dialogue where ever it is screened. All the best!

  • LESSONS LIVED was honored at the SABIFF and my second Ma, Starletta DuPois won the Best Actress Award. I cannot thank the festival enough for the support, and the win for Star. See you all next year.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Mark for your review! Tell your 2nd Ma she was named appropriately : ) ... Keep making movies! All the best.