The San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF), is pleased to present SABIFF 2020. Film Festival dates run October 1 - 4, 2020. The mission of SABIFF is to support and advocate for quality Black films and Filmmakers, and expose audiences in San Antonio and beyond, to multi-dimensional filmworks and diverse narratives from the global Diaspora. SABIFF believes that the narratives, images, history, culture, lives and diverse range of art and storytelling of BLACK FILMmakers MATTERS. We welcome Black filmmakers from around the world to respond to our Open Call and participate in our second year of empowering events to take virtually (due to COVID19) in the "Alamo City" which is hailed as the 7th largest city in the United States.

San Antonio, the second largest city in Texas, 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. SABIFF’s expansion of arts, culture and storytelling through Black films adds to the city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion events. SABIFF is excited to shine the spotlight, turn up the volume, bring on the action on-line, and showcase exceptional works created by-for-about people of African descent.

SABIFF is primed to add to San Antonio’s rich legacy with a festival aimed to highlight the hidden figures of Black indie films that rarely make it to the big screen for mass audiences. SABIFF 2020 welcome's ya'll to join us the first weekend in October 2020, as we celebrate diverse storytelling, culture and the arts through filmmaking, festivities, and of course, some good ol' down home San Antonio hospitality!

*Fractured Atlas is the Fiscal Sponsor for SABIFF:

*Black Heritage Things to do in San Antonio

*Best Narrative Feature Film
*Best Documentary Feature Film
*Best Narrative Short Film
*Best Documentary Short Film
*Best Student Film
*Best Music Video Director
*Best Actor in a Film
*Best Actress in a Film
*Audience Choice Award

Open Call Submissions are being taken for documentary, narrative and music video Films/Videos with 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 major Black Creative in a key role(s) which include, but are not limited to the: director, producer, primary actors, and key crew positions.

All entries must be in English or have English subtitles.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

No waivers will be given.

Completed films/videos must have been created after January 1, 2017. No Works-in-Progress are accepted. Please submit the film that you would want exhibited if selected.

No web-series are accepted at this time, only single features, shorts, music videos and/or documentaries.

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 any 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, and any other media associated with the film, for use in SABIFF 2020 trailers, website postings, social media outlets, publicity and promotions.

As the submitter of entry, I have read and have complied with all of the San Antonio Black International Film Festival rules.

I acknowledge that the submission is my/our original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

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 screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

I agree to hold the San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF 2020) 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.

Overall Rating
  • 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.

  • Calvin Walker

    Ada and her team did a great job of creating an amazing virtual experience. I can't wait to experience the magic of SABIFF in person in 2021.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Calvin! This virtual realm was a new experience for all of us, so your feedback is very encouraging! Keep moving forward with expanding your creative voice!

  • Aiken Scherberger

    Very professional, great communication, overall a great experience.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Our SABIFF team prides ourselves on creating impactful experiences, so your review propels us forward. Thank you Aiken, and all the best!

  • Barbara K. Asare-Bediako

    I really enjoyed my time at this festival! The entire crew was welcoming & supportive! The program was amazing. My film was shown in the “She Rises” block. It was a wonderful diverse group of films—documentary, narrative, documentary, horror—that focuses on stories with a strong female lead. Ingenious! I will definitely be a long time supporter and promoter of this festival!!!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    We appreciate ya Barbara and are happy to see your film expanding in the film festival world and beyond.