San Diego Black Film Festival. Spotlight on African American and African Diaspora films. over 100 films screened each year.

Best Picture, Best Drama, Best Animation, Best Short, Best Comedy, Best Documentary, Best GLBTQ, Best Religious, Best Cutting Edge, Best Horror, Best Foreign/Diaspora, Best Horror, Filmmaker's Choice, Best Actor, Best Actress

1. Festival programming staff will select and invite films at their discretion. Films must be principally acted or directed by a person of African descent from any country. African descent means anyone with a degree of African blood, African American blood, or black peoples blood in general regardless of culture. Entrants will be notified, if selected, via email, on or before December 20, 2022. If your film is not selected you may or may not be notified. Please feel free to email us regarding your film’s status after December 21, 2022.

2. Online previews accepted at FilmFreeway. However, if your film is accepted, you must submit a screening copy to Simple DCP in order for your film to screen at the San Diego Black Film Festival.

3. If selected, filmmakers must submit a screening copy to Simple DCP.

(a) Your film’s trailer: MP4 only. No .Mov will be accepted. Upon acceptance only, please upload your film’s trailer to either WeTransfer (free service) or similar uploading service and email us an invite or link. (Youtube linked trailers or Vimeo trailers are not acceptable). If your film has not been accepted, please do not email us any trailer link. It be will discarded.

(b) Stills (300dpi). Please upload your film’s stills to WeTransfer or similar uploading service. If your film has not been yet been accepted, please do not email us your stills link. It will be discarded.

(c) Upon acceptance please send us your film’s poster and/or postcards. (Note: poster and postcards are optional. Hard copies only, no electronic files). However, posters are a plus in order properly promote your film.

(d) Upon acceptance, please provide your film to Simple DCP. Simple DCP will then convert your film on to a single DCP for delivery to us. Please submit at

NOTE: Upon acceptance of your film; your film’s trailer, stills and other materials may be used during the Festival for promotional purposes and in subsequent years for festival promotional purposes. Selected films may be screened multiple times during the course of the Festival at the festival’s discretion. Your press kit material and film may be used to promote the following year’s event, or subsequent years. In addition, your Blu-ray copy will not be returned, but may be archived for research and historical purposes.

You screening copy submitted to Simple DCP will not be returned. The San Diego Black Film Festival is not responsible for lost films or damage to any films during shipping, handling, or screening.

The festival will not waive fees and will not pay rental fees under any circumstances. Rather, we devote our resources to producing the best possible showcase for your work and promoting your work as widely as possible with distribution of your product in mind.