Black Alphabet Film Festival (BAFF) is Chicago's premier film festival for the Black LGBTQ community. Our tagline, Telling Our Stories Beyond the Rainbow, encompasses our mission to provide a platform and resources for the storytellers in our community.

BAFF has relationships with several filmmakers and festivals in the industry. In 2015, we had many wonderful films, filmmakers, and community sponsors; We look forward to an even bigger year in 2018!


Films must be directed, produced, or written by a person of African descent who identifies as LGBTQ and/or feature a topic culturally relevant to the Black LGBTQ community.

Films previously screened at the Black Alphabet Film Festival are not eligible.
Narrative feature films and documentary films running time must not exceed 90 minutes.

All Non-English language works must have English subtitles. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

Though not required for eligibility, preference is given to Chicago premieres.
The entrant confirms the entry submitted is original work and has legal rights to the film.


The entrant must properly complete an official Black Alphabet Film Festival entry form, comply with entry rules and guidelines, complete entries (including fee payment and eligible screeners), deadlines, and other specified requirements.

The following formats eligible for Festival screening: DVD, Blu-Ray screener, Online Entry (e.g., Youtube, Vimeo) or private website. If using password protected, the password must be included on the entry form.

Entrants are permitted to submit work-in-progress. For submissions to be considered a work-in-progress, the work(s) submitted must clearly be marked “Work in Progress (WIP)” or “Rough Cut (RC)” with an indication of what is missing (e.g., color correction, sound mixing, etc.) and what will change. Please note the programming committee will only consider the version submitted.

To qualify for student entry fees, entrant must provide a photocopy of a current and valid student ID card, a sealed transcript, or letter from an accredited school that verifies enrollment.

Entry fee(s) will be waived only upon receipt of required verification.
*Entrant has the option of submitting online or by mail.


Online submission forms can be found at Please note if you choose to submit an online entry form and choose to send in a DVD or Blu-Ray screener, you must indicate this information on the entry form.


Entrant must submit a completed and signed entry form. Each film entered must be submitted with the following: completed separate entry form, an entry fee for each entry, along with the DVDs or Blu-Ray Disc.

Mail Entries to:
Black Alphabet NFP
3712 N. Broadway, Suite 288
Chicago, IL 60613

*Entry items will not be returned back to the entrant. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to ensure all entry materials are submitted or postmarked by the deadline.


Official Entry Deadline (Postmarked):Saturday, September 1, 2018
Entry Fee: $15 (Adults)/ $10(Students)

Late Entry Deadline (Postmarked): Saturday, September 15, 2018
Entry Fee: $25 (Adults)/ $20 (Students)


Entry fees are non-refundable and must be in U.S. dollars. Fees can be paid by money order or by credit card. Checks must be made payable to “Black Alphabet”. Personal checks will not be accepted.


The entrant is allowed a maximum of (2) submissions. Each entry must be submitted on its own and include a separate entry form and entry fee.


All entrants will be notified on or before Monday, June 1, 2015.


The entrant must pay the cost of shipping an entry to the festival. BAFF will not accept Collect or COD shipments. All International exhibition copies being sent directly to the BAFF office must be sent “free domicile” with all transportation charges, delivery fees, duties and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Entrant is responsible for tracking shipment being sent to the Festival. The festival will not accept nor assume responsibility for any lost or damaged materials shipped.


Entrants will receive notification the entry was received by email.


The entrant assumes all financial responsibility and legal liability for work submitted. By submitting entries into the Festival, the entrant accepts BAFF 2015 regulation and submission guidelines and authorizes BAFF to use all materials submitted for promotional purposes.