In Person Festival returns January 25-29, 2023 

Film Submissions Open - Regular Deadline October 3rd 2022

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Welcome to DBFF

The Denton Black Film Festival has grown into a five-day event that allows you, our guest, to immerse yourself in some of the best artistic showcases of Black cinema, music, spoken word, art and more. Thanks to your amazing support, we’ll be back each January, in Denton, Texas – just outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Once again, we invite you to visit, bring a friend and #ExperienceCulture. Read more
What's Happening?


100 Hours of Film/Programming
Workshops & Panels for Filmmakers
8,870+ Guests Last Festival
Film, Music, Art, Poetry Slam & More


I've been to several different festivals in North Texas, but this one is one to check out. So many quality films, but this festival incorporates culture deep in its run. You can experience music, art, comedy, food, and panels that help filmmakers network and grow in their craft.

- Micheal Gibson Jr, 2020

Thank you Denton Black Film Festival, the experience was great, I really enjoy the festival, I learned a lot, the venue and events was too notch and I will definitely be back next year. Blessings

- Tommy Dunn, 2020

EXCELLENT festival. A pleasure to be screened at the festival, and work with the festival organizers and volunteers; utmost professionals. They are amazing! Talented curators.

- Shirah Dedman, 2020

Overall, DBFF was a great experience. The team put together an overall well rounded festival full of social events, cultural events, workshops, and great screenings.

- Kofi Dormah, 2020

The DBFF is an incredible film festival! The quality of the films presented were consistently among the best I've seen from any fest, and the hospitality and opportunities for networking were excellent. The venues were top-notch, as well with excellent screens and no technical glitches. I look forward entering a film for next year's DBFF. I would go even if I didn't have a film showing!

- Cedrick May, 2020

The cinema my film screened was beautiful. I also attended several discussion talks which I received a lot of value. Great communication with the festival coordinators. I highly recommend you attend and submit.

- Sam Hicks, 2020