Denton Black Film Festival virtually highlights Black creators, culture
North Texas Daily
By Samantha Thornfelt | Feb 3, 2022
The Denton Black Film Festival Institute is hosting its eighth annual festival from Thursday, Jan. 27 to Sunday, Feb. 6. Initially planned to be a hybrid festival, the showcase has now completely transitioned online to ensure public health safety. This marks the second consecutive year the event has gone virtual due to COVID-19.
Harry Eaddy, DBFFi Executive Director and university alumnus, said about 60 to 70 percent of the festival’s events had to adapt to an online format in roughly two weeks. While this presented challenges when coordinating new recording schedules, Eaddy said the virtual transformation also helped extend the festival outside of its normal reach.
“By reimagining the events of the festival, we begin to be more creative and begin to think about the attendees a lot more,” Eaddy said. “We spent a significant amount of time just trying to think about ways in which we can not just put on an event, but create a unique experience for people with a certain level of quality.”
The festival’s online format consists of an array of pre-recorded performances and film screenings that can be streamed now through Feb. 6. The taped productions feature a variety of Black creators and their work, including this year’s new tech exposition. Additionally, there are multiple scheduled livestreamed Q&As with some of the event’s filmmakers.
Eaddy said the festival’s overall purpose is to not only support underrepresented communities but also form DBFF’s own community by sharing Black stories and culture…