The primary objective of the Columbus Black International Film Festival is to showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally, while highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora.

This festival will also provide an advantage for filmmakers and the community to learn about the film industry through educational workshops and panel discussions, a safe space to showcase film and an opportunity to network with the filmmakers in the city.

Columbus is the heart of America and home to some of the most creative Black filmmakers in the country. This festival that will showcase new and emerging talent as well as talent that has represented our city for years.

Submissions Guidelines:
Filmmakers of African descent
Short films: running time; 5-25 mins, not to exceed 25 mins
Feature films: running time; 90 mins, not exceeding 103 mins
Music videos: running time; not to exceed 6 mins
Homegrown, a film made by a Columbus native or a filmmaker exclusively residing in Columbus Ohio; running time guidelines will apply
Documentary Film: running time; 5-90 mins
- Short: Max 25 pages
- Feature: Max 103 pages
Filmmakers will need to send us a digital copy of the film in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes.
Filmmakers must be cleared for all copyrighted materials including movie posters and trailers.
All films must be made after 2014

Awards & Prizes

CBIFF’s goal to present filmmakers with notoriety and accolades for being officially selected to be screened at our festival and to win awards based on exceptional talent bringing great stories using film as a medium. CBIFF will gather together a panel of judges that will choose winners in each category. Throughout the festival we will give attendees the opportunity to vote on the film they liked the most and award the filmmaker with the Buckeye Audience Choice Award. On the last day of the festival we will present awards for the following categories:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Homegrown Film
Best Music Video
Best Documentary Film
Best International Film
Best Feature Screenplay
Beat Short Screenplay
Best Animated Film
Buckeye Choice Award

6 Reviews

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    Aaron Harris

    This was an absolutely wonderful event. I was very honored to be in attendance with so many great minds and passionate filmmakers. I look forward to seeing it grow and blossom into a very special kind of festival.

    August 2017
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    bruce nelson

    I did not hear from them about the festival awards.

    August 2017
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    Mario Hensley

    Great festival. Can't wait until the next one.

    August 2017
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    Jos Duncan

    Really wonderful festival. Communication and coordination was professional and easy. This is a new festival but I expect it to be around for a long time.

    August 2017
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    Theodore Adams

    Very inclusive event. Great reception. The volunteers were extremely suppprtive. Great job, especially for its first year. Local community involvement was fantastic.

    August 2017