Mission – The mission of the TCBFF is to provide a platform for independent black and multicultural films. The TCBFF also aims to facilitate the growth of filmmakers of color by providing networking opportunities with industry professionals and the business world and recognize the accomplishments of African Americans in Hollywood.
Vision – Our vision is to become the premiere event for black and multicultural emerging filmmakers in the US and also to attract emerging talent from around the world to the Twin Cities.
i. Become a destination event for emerging and talented filmmakers of color
ii. Enrich, educate, inform and contribute to the local culture by raising consciousness of film as an art form
iii. Celebrate and showcase talent in the creative process of filmmaking
iv. Provide our audience and sponsors a unique interactive experience
v. Expand the ability to use film to reach the black and multi-cultural consumer

Sponsored by HBO and Sony

All films submitted are entered into competition for
Best Feature Best Short Best Documentary.
Winners will receive an award spknsored by HBO along with
Filmmaking software sponsored by Sony.

Overall Rating
  • Donna Johnson

    I was honored to have my first film shown at the Twin Cities Black Film Festival festival. Everyone was very warm and friendly.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank You Donna! We were happy to have you!
    Continue to create Great Films!🤓

  • Antoine Allen

    This was my first time submitting to this film festival and my last. For a film festival to be around this many years. It was very poor in communication. Did not find out the showtime of my film until the week of the festival. After I send out few emails and had to text the founder to find out what’s the problem. A filmmaker should not have to track down a festival to find out information about their own film. A film festival with a lot of years. But not a lot of experience.

    November 2017
  • Congratulations. I could not attend but am honoured to have screened.

    November 2017
  • Adam Davis

    I hate having to post a negative review, but I'm hoping this will be beneficial to the organizers. I found out my film was accepted to the 2017 festival through FilmFreeway, but I did not receive an email from the organizers. I had to email them directly and was told that my film was in fact accepted and that more info was to come. After a few weeks, I followed up to no response. I had to check the festival's website to find out when my film was playing, but I never once received any communication with an acceptance letter, information about the festival, how I could attend, so I ended up not going. I assume my film played, and I hope people enjoyed it. I truly hope others didn't have this issue and that I was an aberration, as this was a very disappointing experience.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Adam-
    The festival did email you a Congrats Letter.
    There was even a Voicemail left because of your Minnesota phone number to see if you were attending. We never heard back however assumed you lived in Minneapolis. Your film screened on Sunday. Please give Natalie a call to discuss. 612-309-3818

  • James Curry

    Natalie is a true cineaste and the festival was top notch. The venue, the films and the Q&A's. Thanks so much for the appreciation of the art form.

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank You James!🤓