In Person Festival returns January 25-29, 2023 

DBFF-TE 2022 Competition

#FirstTakeCompetition *postponed*


Denton Black Film Festival #FirstTakeCompetition




Do your friends rave about your mad video skills? Your ability to draw people’s eyes to your Tik Tok clips, IG posts, and other platforms? Show us what you got! 

Put your media coverage skills to the test by recapping the Denton Black Film Festival Technology Expo (DBFF-TE).


The Denton Black Film Festival believes in the power of education, as well as, the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the technological and creative industries. Media productions are held to strict standards. The following guidelines are routine benchmarks that industry professionals follow for all their productions. 


We are excited to see your creativity. Your videos MUST follow the guidelines as specified below to be entered in the contest. The winners (1st – 2nd – and 3rd places) will have their videos posted on the NBC5 DFW website:  


PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED (It’s free).  Click on DBFF’s Tech Expo tab to register. Deadline is 5 p.m.  Jan. 18, 2022 Central Standard Time

VIDEO SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31  Central Standard Time. Send completed videos via a file transfer service such as WeTransfer, Dropbox, Vimeo, etc. to DBFFCommunications@gmail.com 

Please remember video files are always much larger than audio and text files. We recommend using WeTransfer to submit the files. Dropbox, Google, Vimeo may also be used, but realize the file might be so large that you might need to send us a link to the video on those platforms.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at DBFFCommunications@gmail.com


Video Format Guidelines 


We are excited to see the creativity and unique talent in our communities that often goes unnoticed. Here is your chance to shine. We do not anticipate having any submissions that violate national and international copyright laws. We do want to ensure all participants are aware their rights to copyright protection. So here is some helpful information: 



One that Denton Black Film Festival Tech Expo organizers take very seriously. Any videos submitted that do NOT abide by copyright standards WILL NOT be allowed in the competition. All video, graphics, and music in the video must meet our strict guidelines (see page 3 under the Music category)

You might be asking….what is copyright and how do I know if I am properly following copyrighting guidelines. Here is a quick overview on Copyright protocols. 

Anyone (a creator) who creates a unique piece (written, music, play, video, computer programs, maps, paintings, online pieces, etc.) is considered the author of their own work. 

Copyrights may be registered for a fee with the federal copyright office.  Paying the fee can get very expensive. It is highly encouraged for creators to also use the copyright symbol with their work: @ “Copyright 2022 (Change year as needed) Name of Creator”

Check out these websites for more information on Copyrights. 

  • Video and B-roll must be of the Denton Black Film Festival Tech Expo. The expo runs from Jan. 26 – 29, 2022 at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton (in Quakertown Park Park). Students are allowed to come any day to record. Student Day is Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 during which special programming will be presented just for students. ANY VIDEOS THAT DO NOT PERTAIN TO DBFF’s Tech Expo will be ineligible for this contest.  
  • Videos to be 1920 x 1080 HD at 29.97 fps (frames per second). Saved as either an H264, mov or .mp4 file.
  • Footage may be shot on a cell phone, SLR, or traditional video camera
  • Video must include title page and attribution credit at end (Script by …, Produced by…, Directed by…, Edited by…. & Copyright 2022 with Name of School or Organization.  Special Thanks credits should be noted. This would include giving a thanks to your school, teachers, any guests/actors in the production)
  • Send completed videos via a file transfer service such as WeTransfer, Dropbox, Vimeo, etc. to DBFFCommunications@gmail.com
  • Under 3 minutes  Minimum 45 seconds
  • Must include B-roll
  • No commercial companies or logos can be in the video
  • No commercial companies can be mentioned in audio
  • Shoot in horizontally/landscape mode (vertical videos will NOT be accepted. If shooting on your cell phone turn it sideways)
  • Color, B&W, Sepia tone or a mixture of the tones are acceptable
  • NO stickers from Snapchat or Tik Tok
  • Audio must be in stereo, not just one channel
  • Videos can be in any language. Sign language and AAVE versions are also encouraged to be submitted. Sign language can be included with the English version videos. Captions are required for video. 
  • Reporter standup segment is strongly encouraged. Not required. 
  • Voice overs allowed.
  • Anyone interviewed on video MUST sign a copyright release submitted to Denton Black Film Festival. Minors interviewed MUST have a copyright release signed by at least one parent/guardian. THESE DOCUMENTS MUST BE SIGNED DURING REQUIRED ADMISSION CHECK IN AT DBFF-TE.



Music may be,  but is NOT required to be incorporated into the video. Most music requires the producer to obtain written expressed permission to use the music from 

  • Copyright owners
  • Lyric writers
  • Composition rights owners
  • Performance/recording right owners


Music can also be 

  • Background/ambient noise
  • Creative Commons license
  • Audio recordings from friends and family who will allow you permission to use their work. Must receive written permission signed by the original artist/creator. 
  • Music you create yourself



  • Winners will be announced President’s Day (Feb. 21, 2022)
  • 1st-2nd-3rd place video will be spotlighted on NBC5 DFW website and DiscoverDenton.com
  • Students earn bragging rights for being the winner of the first #FirstTakeCompetition
  • 1st – 2nd -3rd Place winners will receive a certificate signed by DBFF Executives
  • We encourage students to highlight the award and the fact they participated in the competition on their resumes, college applications, social media platforms
  • 1st-2nd-3rd place videos will be highlighted on DBFF’s various social media channels



By emailing and using the using the appropriate hashtags  will be used by DBFF for its promotional purposes in print, online, and other multimedia avenues. Content submitted will be used for an indefinite period of time. 




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