The National Black Film Festival (NBFF) is “Bringing Hollywood to H-Town.” The NBFF will act as a bridge to connect celebrity professionals and those upcoming together under one roof for 5 days of entertainment, education and empowerment.

The NBFF was founded by film producer J.O. Malone with an initiative to build an enlightening platform for future filmmakers and actors. Another primary goal of the NBFF is to stimulate the production of more high quality films in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area-mapping the city as a major cinematic outlet.

Come mix and mingle with the industries elite, learn trade secrets and build those essential relationships that will take your filmmaking to the next level.

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Awards & Prizes

Award winners:

Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Original Screenplay
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Original Song
Best Short Film
Best Extended Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Web series
Audience Award for Feature Film
Audience Award for Short Film

All winners of each category will receive a reward on the night of the awards.

Rules & Terms

In order to submit to the National Black Film Festival, one or more of the following should be African American:

1. Lead Actor/ Actress
2. Director
3. Writer
4. Producer

Eligibility Requirements

18 or older to submit
All films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2017 to be eligible.
Feature films must not have been on or released through U.S. or international television, in commercial release or on the Internet prior to the dates of the festival. This includes Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, DVD Sales or Amazon.
Those submitting in student films MUST have proof of current enrollment.
All films submitted not in English must be subtitled in English for presentation.

Submission Requirements

In order to be completely submitted, all submissions must include:
Completed filled out entry form
Preview DVD (Please put run time and title of the film on the screener)
Entry Fee

All Entry Materials will not be returned.

One person may submit in different categories but only once in each category.
Also, each particular film submitted maybe only be submitted in one category.
Each submission requires a separate entry fee.

If your work is selected:

An electronic press kit completed with production stills, Synopsis of the film, and a 350 or less word biography of the director must be sent to the Houston Black Film Festival email.
2 additional DVD copies must be mailed to the National Black Film Festival office.
Film trailers should be emailed.
EPKS, posters and postcards should be sent to the NBFF office for press and marketing no later than March 11, 2018.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Films that are accepted into the National Black Film Festival should NOT have been on or released through U.S. or international television, in commercial release or on the Internet prior to the dates of the festival. This includes Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, DVD Sales or Amazon.

The filmmaker is responsible for clearing all rights to the material in their film.

The National Black Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless National Black Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

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    DAN ADAMS

    Proud to be in attendance of this professional, positive, and passionate film festival dedicated to telling our stories. They provided valuable workshops, talk series, and networking opportunities. I believe and support their vision and this is a festival that is going to grow bigger and bigger every year.

    September 2017
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    Timeca Seretti

    I had a great time at the National Black Film Festival. For their first year, nice festival.

    May 2017
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    Max Cole

    Happy to be a part of this festival. Thank you for screening our film.

    May 2017
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    David Brichetto

    Great festival that really cares for filmmakers, writers, and patrons. Thank you!

    April 2017
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    Domingo Guyton

    This seemed more like the 10th Anniversary than the first festival. I have been to many festivals and you never know what you are going to get. Don't worry people; just sign up and expect greatness. Everything was well put together and they actually were PUSHING PEOPLE TO GO SEE THE FILMS!! They had workshops separate from the movie screening times which was a MAJOR BONUS! You won't be disappointed.

    April 2017