In just a short time, the Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) has become the largest of its kind in North Texas growing from 2500 attendees this year to anticipating over 4000 in 2017. DBFF features films from diverse emerging and established filmmakers, our audiences are guided through shared entertainment experiences highlighting black culture and perspectives. Each year we showcase a mixture of drama, comedy, documentary, short, and feature length films. Against the backdrop of giant screen viewings, filmmakers experience larger audiences, Q&A panels, vendor stations, pre-festival promotional opportunities, and private receptions with industry professionals. Additional entertainment venues include spoken word, art exhibits, music concerts, and more in the heart of the city’s bustling historic square. Bringing audiences together with filmmakers for a unique experience is our primary purpose!
DBFF is produced by 501 (c) 3 non-profit Denton African American Scholarship Foundation (DAASF- http://www.dentonaasf.org/preparing-leaders.html). The Foundation seeks to provide scholarships for eligible students preparing them as leaders for tomorrow.... change agents for a Global society.
Awards & Prizes
Recipients will be selected by an appointed jury. Certificates and Trophies awarded in the following categories and additional prizes may be available.
-Best Narrative Feature
-Best Documentary Feature
-Best Narrative Short
-Best Documentary Short
-Best College Student Short
-All Access festival privileges for Filmmaker and a Guest
-Complimentary Tickets for film production team at filmmaker’s screening*
-Special Filmmaker Events -i.e. Award Program- Mixer- and Breakfast may be planned
-Discounted hotel accommodation rates
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, tariffs, insurance and similar charges or costs (if any).
Awards and benefits listed above are subject to change at the discretion of DBFF.
Rules & Terms
• Eligible films must be written, directed or produced by Black filmmakers, OR prominently feature Black actors, OR with subject matter which relates to the Black community. Filmmakers of all races and ethnicities are welcome to submit as long as one of the previously mentioned criteria are met.
• Open to U.S. and International Entries. Films made in a language other than English must have English subtitles.
• Films shown theatrically, sold, or having been distributed on broadcast, cable, satellite VOD or DVD by opening day of festival may be submitted, but are not eligible for competition.
• Only films completed after January 1, 2016 are eligible for competition and awards.
• Films must be completed by their submission date as works in progress are not accepted.
• Competitive Films must be submitted through FilmFreeway with an online screener (HD-YouTube-Vimeo), as the preferred method.
• Films not selected for screening during the film festival may be chosen to screen during any pre and/or post festival event. The filmmaker will be notified of all screenings.
• Films selected for any screenings (pre, during and post festival) will be shipped at the filmmaker’s expense in the exhibition format specified by the date set by DBFF.
• Collegiate Filmmakers Only: With submission provide proof of student status at the time of production by sending copy of student ID or unofficial transcript showing enrollment in good standing to email@example.com.
• For Selected films press kits and photo materials must be received within two weeks of notification of acceptance for promotional and press purposes.
• Film submissions attest original work with no disputes regarding ownership or copyright. The submitted work does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and DBFF.
• Submitted films may be utilized for promotional purposes of the festival, limited to private screenings, and preview-only copies for press and supporters, unless otherwise arranged with DBFF.
• Submission fees are non-refundable, and once submitted may not be withdrawn without a written request and then at the sole discretion of DBFF.
All submissions and selected entries will be handled with the utmost care. However the DBFF cannot accept responsibility for losses, damages or additional charges incurred during shipping, due to file errors, due to authoring errors, due to normal wear and tear, or due to equipment failure.
DBFF is not responsible for any claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses
(including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) arising from or in connection with any claim (including those of third parties) involving music clearances, copyright, trademark, credits, publicity of any film submitted to or screened by DBFF.
Submission grants the DBFF and affiliates, permission for accepted films (3 minutes maximum) and related marketing and promotional materials to be reproduced and distributed SOLELY for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival.