Black Web Fest 2017 is a three-day festival where people from African diaspora unite to discover online shorts, web series, new media, and web industry trends. With the entertainment industry moving to more streaming platforms, there’s a vast amount of influencers, vloggers, and media makers making content for online platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo. The festival connects these creatives and media makers with opportunities to showcase their creative work. During the festival attendees will be able to screen web series and films created by Black media makers. The festival will also feature informative panels with industry professionals, media makers, and actors.
Black Web Fest is a property of CLRED Media, Inc. CLRED Media's mission is to increase diversity in media.
Awards & Prizes
We want to celebrate independent media makers so we have four award categories Best Short Documentary, Best Web Series, Best Short Film, and Best Vlog Series. Please note winners will not receive the awards until after the festival. We do not provide flights or hotel accommodations.
Best Short Film: $500
A free pass for you and a guest to Black Web Fest 2017. Screening your short film during Black Web Fest 2017. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2017 related events.
Best Web Series: $500
A free pass for you and a guest to Black Web Fest 2017. Screening your web series during Black Web Fest 2017. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2017 related events.
Best Short Documentary: $350
A free pass for you and a guest for Black Web Fest 2017. Screening your short documentary during Black Web Fest 2017. An opportunity for your content to be screened at other Black Web Fest 2017 related events.
We have closed the Best Vlog category this year.
Rules & Terms
Black Web Fest 2017 submissions OPEN ON January 11, 2017, 11:59 pm EST
Deadline: All content must be submitted by February 25, 2017, 11:59 pm EST
We accept submissions of Short Films, Web Series, Short Documentaries, and Vlogs. Trailers will not be considered. Submissions must be from media makers who are Black, African, or are of African descent.
All films must be in English or with English subtitles.
Screening or Rental Fees:
Black Web Fest does NOT CONSIDER films that require SCREENING/RENTAL FEES.
Short Narrative: No More than 40 minutes
Web Series: No More than 30 minutes
Short Documentary: Less than 40 minutes
Vlog: Less than 15 minutes
Entries can not have a theatrical run (commercial release) or be broadcast (TV) anywhere in the U.S.A. before April 8, 2017. Previous screenings at other film festivals, as well as private, industry, and press screenings are OK. The "New York Premiere" status is preferred, but not mandatory.
Projects submitted to the Black Web Fest must have been completed after January 1, 2015. Only completed projects will be accepted.
Films produced, financed, or initiated by a major motion picture studio are not eligible for the competition.
If your content is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the Festival will require:
• Digital press kits with photo stills (color and black/white)
• Headshots of director(s) and writer(s)
• 1 sentence publicity synopsis of the film; 150-word synopsis of the film
• Trailers, clip reels, posters, postcards, and EPKs, if available, to maximize exposure for your film