The Baltimore International Black Film Festival (BIBFF) is produced by the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit social /service organization SOGAA, Inc. Our mission is to support unity in the community and foster education with the best in independent film-making while enhancing the diverse cultural landscape and economic vitality of Baltimore City. With its unique paring of films by African Americans, the African Diaspora and members of the Same Gender Loving - Bisexual and Transgender (SGLBT) community, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival serves a dual purpose of providing a venue and platform for independent films created for, by and about African Americans, the African Diaspora and members the SGLBT community locally, nationally and globally.

Awards & Prizes

Awards and trophies will be issued to films in the following categories:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best International Feature
Best Narrative Short (Action, Animated, Comedy, Drama and Thriller)
Best Documentary Short (Drama and Educational/Historical)
Best International Short
Best Web Series
Best Youth Film
Audience Award (Narrative, Feature and Short)
Oscar Micheaux Award (Awarded to first time Director)

Winners of the Oscar Micheaux Award will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

Filmmaker Benefits:
• Filmmaker Badge with full access to all screenings and events
• 5 Complimentary Tickets for the filmmaker's screening
• Filmmaker reception including networking with industry professionals
• Discounted accommodations for filmmakers
• Industry-oriented seminars and workshops
• Potential for one-on-one meetings with prominent entertainment industry professionals
• Complimentary admission for some of the leading tourist and cultural attractions in and around the City of Baltimore

Award Additional
• Award eligibility is subject to any restrictions or conditions imposed by applicable laws and regulations (international, federal, state or otherwise), and the award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes, customs, tariffs, insurance and similar charges or costs (if any).
• All new Features by first time directors at BIBFF18 are eligible for the Oscar Micheaux Award. The BIBFF in its sole discretion may also consider North American or International Premieres for the Best New Narrative or Best New Documentary Awards
• All new Features and Documentaries are eligible for the “Audience Award,” regardless of section.
• 2018 Awards listed in the above Festival sections and Awards sections are subject to change

Rules & Terms

Narrative Features
• Eligible for: Best Narrative Feature, Oscar Micheaux Award (1st time directors only), Best International Feature and Audience Award
• Open to works from all regions, but must be at least a Baltimore “Premiere” and must not have had any commercial theatrical or television play in Baltimore.
• Only works completed after January 1, 2017 are eligible for competition and awards
• The Writer, Director, Producer (if 1 sole producer only) must be of African descent OR must tell a story of the Black experience or feature a person of African descent in a leading role.

Documentary Features
• Eligible for: Best Documentary Feature, Best International Film, Audience Award
• Open to works from all regions, but must be at least a Baltimore “Premiere” and must not have had any commercial theatrical or television play in Baltimore.
• Only works completed after January 1, 2017 are eligible for competition and awards
• The Writer, Director, Producer (if 1 sole producer only) must be of African descent OR must tell a story of the Black experience or feature a person of African descent in a leading role.

Documentary Shorts (Narrative and Documentary)
• Eligible for: Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Audience award
• Open to works from all regions, but must be at least a Baltimore “Premiere” and must not have had any commercial theatrical or television play in Baltimore.
• Only works completed after January 1, 2017 are eligible for competition and awards
• The Writer, Director, Producer (if 1 sole producer only) must be of African descent OR must tell a story of the Black experience or feature a person of African descent in a leading role.
• Student Shorts must be produced through an accredited educational institution.
• Shorts will play either in a Shorts program or before a Feature film.
• Submission must have a high quality NTSC file available.

Web Series
• Eligible for: Best Web Series and Audience award
• Open to works from all regions in the US and internationally
• Only works completed after January 1, 2017 are eligible for competition and awards
• The Writer, Director, Producer (if 1 sole producer only) must be of African descent OR must tell a story of the Black experience or feature a person of African descent in a leading role.
• Entrants must submit three (3) original episodes of the Web Series for consideration (as one file)
• Running Time: Each episode must be no more than eight (8) minutes in length
• All genres accepted: animation, drama, comedy, documentary style, reality based etc.
• Submission must have a high quality NTSC file available.

Youth Films
• Eligible for: Best Youth Film and Youth Film Audience award
• Student Shorts must be produced through an accredited educational institution.
• Open to works from all regions in the US and internationally
• Only works completed after January 1, 2017 are eligible for competition and awards
• The Writer, Director, Producer (if 1 sole producer only) must be 18 years and younger at the time of production and of African descent OR must tell a story of the Black experience or feature a person of African descent in a leading role.
• Submissions must be under 10 minutes (including titles and credits),
• Submission must be original video (video you shot yourself) or video you have permission to use
• If music is used, it must be original music or music you have permission from the artist to use.
• Submission must have a high quality NTSC file available.

Submission Process:

- DVD/BluRay, Digital File and DCP formats accepted.

- Important - We are a non profit affiliated event and therefore require a signed statement verifying 100% ownership of all films that are selected for our festival.

- 2 preview copies must be submitted once your film has been selected to the festival. Filmmakers should include any relevant publicity photos and information as well as a cast and crew list.

- If your entry is accepted for our festival, you will be notified several weeks prior to the festival.

- Film must be sent to the Baltimore International Black Film Festival at the filmmaker's expense. Please label the DVD/BluRay or DCP with the film's title, running time, director's name and contact phone/email.

- Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.

- The Baltimore International Black Film Festival must have permission to use up to 3 minutes of footage or photographic stills from the work for broadcast, web publication or other promotional purposes.

- The Baltimore International Black Film Fesitval must be notified in writing of any press or photo restrictions.

- Filmmaker holds the Festival harmless from damage to, or loss of, the BluRay/DVD, Digital File, DCP or any publicity material.

- Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.

- The Baltimore International Black Film Festival kindly requests that any awards won be mentioned in the projects' promotional materials and on the film's social media.

- The selection committees' decisions are final.

- Entry fee is nonrefundable

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    Susan Davis

    Thank you for putting in such a professional festival.

    October 2017
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    Bobby Huntley

    Great Festival! Thank you was happy to be a part of it.

    October 2017
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    Mike Finazzo

    Fun festival! Thanks for having us

    October 2016
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    Arnaud Bettan

    the director and actors from our movie were at the festival. The crew is very efficient, but we expected more spectators. We hope we will be in the selection for this festival for our next movie.

    May 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for your feedback. Our goal at the Baltimore International Black Film Festival is to provide an outlet by which the very best in cinema is showcased in the city of Baltimore. We market the event via print, radio, television and social media to build excitement for the festival. Our experience is that the best marketing for specific films comes from the directors, producers, writers, cast and crew who draw their supporter to their projects. Working together, we will continue to make a difference for and increase the visibility of the films selected to screen at the BIBFF!!