The Black Film Summit is expanding to a four day event!! Returning March 20-23, 2024. We are interested in films across the Pan African diaspora. All genres of films are accepted for review.

The Black Film Summit is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for filmmakers across the Pan African diaspora to gather, be heard, and have their work showcased. We strive to give the African American community and its allies a safe space where they can enjoy, converse, and celebrate independent films featuring people of color.

Filmmakers in attendance will have the opportunity to introduce their film and hold a short Q&A afterwards with the audience. More events will be announced soon.

TBFS 2024 is the event you wont want to miss. From open to close The Black Film Summit looks to Engage, Entertain, Enlighten, and Educate as we come together out of love for film and the culture.

TBFS offers 5 awards for films, 2 individual performance awards, and 2 awards for ensembles.

**Of note, 2 of our film awards are specifically for student films, both undergrad and graduate level. Student films are also eligible for and considered for all other awards categories based on the films run time.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Performance- Short Film
Best Performance- Feature Film
Best Ensemble- Short Film
Best Ensemble - Feature Film
Best Student Film- Undergraduate
Best Student Film- Graduate

Upon admission to the festival, the SUBMITTER will receive a nontransferable free All-Inclusive Ticket and discount code for up to 6 guests.

All films submitted for review must be complete, finished, projects. All films must be made available for download via FilmFreeway, Vimeo, or emailed in a timely manner. Failure to comply will result in your film being removed from the festival lineup.

Please ensure that your film has attained all proper rights and permissions for all materials in your film. All films submitted must either be directed by a Black person or feature a Black person in a lead role or feature a predominantly Black cast.

Overall Rating
  • Amazing festival I will be attending every year!

    April 2023
  • Bree K. Jones

    It was very nice being able to meet and engage with the founder of the festival. I met a lot of nice people. Great and positive environment for Black Filmmakers.

    April 2023
  • Michael Nash

    Great Festival! Very welcoming and informative. I was unfortunately unable to attend but I appreciate the opportunity. Thank you for honoring my film, Dead Greed.

    October 2022
  • Erica Stevenson

    An excellent experience! We felt very welcomed. I love the feedback that was given after each film; that made it a learning experience in addition to a film showcase.

    April 2022
  • Philippe Talavera

    Great festival. Communication prior to the festival was awesome. We sadly couldn't travel to the States to attend - so I guess we missed on networking opportunities. But the festival was great at keeping us in the loop. We were so privileged to win the audience award. We thank everybody that made it possible. This is a really a festival to submit to and attend!

    March 2022