DBFF17 Events




By Raoul Peck, Written by James Baldwin, Voiced By Samuel L. Jackson

Screening Date - Thurs, Jan 26th , 7pm
Venue - Silver Cinemas, Golden Triangle Mall.  RUSH STATUS 

In his new film, director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished - a radical narration about race in America, using the writer's original words. He draws upon James Baldwin's notes on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. to explore and bring a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America. "One of the best movies you are likely to see this year." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

RUSH STATUS -  We have sold all available online tickets for this film. Because we hold tickets for pass holders this does not mean the film is necessarily sold out. We will offer a RUSH line (think stand by at the airport but with much better chances) at the theater for the screening. If there are any open seats just before the film starts we will sell those to the RUSH line, first come first serve. Rush lines are CASH ONLY and typically do have a good shot at getting into the film


Screening Dates - Jan 27th - Jan 29th
Venue - Campus Theatre   Get Tickets

We have a lineup of 43 films screening at DBFF17. Ranging from narratives, documentaries, shorts and more. All carefully curated and tell powerful stories about identity, culture, race and the human condition.

NOTE - Films will be screened in blocks. Tickets are available by block. Selecting a film purchases a ticket for the block that the selected film is listed in.

*Headline Film, I Am Not Your Negro will screen at Silver Cinemas on Thurs, Jan 26th at 7pm.




Event Date - Jan 28th, 7pm
Venue - Campus Theatre

Join DBFF and the Movie Bruthas- Kev and Ant- for our Inaugural Award Program for Competitive Film Submissions. Awards will be presented to selected film submissions in the following categories: Best  College Student Short Films, Best Short Films, Best Documentary Features, and Best Narrative Features. 

Hosts: The Movie Bruthas are two film lovers and movie buffs who aim to deliver a unique style of film critique that informs and entertains their audience. They strive to provide insightful commentary driven from our personal life experiences. and their platform introduces and shines a spotlight on lesser known minority talent who typically do not receive mainstream media attention.





Date - J
an 28th, 8pm
Venue - PAAC    Get Tickets

Come and enjoy the music of acclaimed jazz vocalist and Concord Recording Artist, Ashleigh Smith who is fresh off the release of her debut album "SUNKISSED". Winner of the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocals Competition, the UNT alumna is now frontstage after singing backup for Chrisette Michelle. You don't want to miss the opportunity to experience her jazzy R&B sounds.

Opening act, Quentin Moore will bring his brand of contemporary soul with a vintage twist. He also has roots at the University of North Texas where as a former athlete, he found his passion in music. His first gig was at UNT with now acclaimed gospel rappers, Lecrae and Tadashi. Groove to the sounds of DJ Frances Jaye, Founder of Neo Soul Cafe. She is "an eclectic, music lover and a self-professed music connoisseur who really knows how to delight her audience” and is known for "The Music That Gets Your Head Right"



Session Dates - Fri, Jan 27th, 8pm // Sat, Jan 28th, 7pm
Venue - Black Box Theatre   Get Tickets

It'll be spoken word and poetry galore at DBFF17. Due to popular demand, we will be having two spoken word open mic events. Come out and enjoy stirring poetry from acclaimed poets local and regional in an intimate, sultry setting.
Moderated by the dynamic DFW favorite, Verb Kulture.
Be sure to get tickets early, this event is sure to get sold out quick.


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Date - Sat, Jan 28th, 9pm
Venue - Black Box Theatre  Get Tickets

Got what it takes to throw down at the DBFF Poetry Slam?  It's a competition with poets competing for impressive cash prizes. Wanna hear from the Best? Come out and experience Spoken Word from some of the best poets around.
Interested in Competing? - contact us at contact@dentonbff.com for info on how to enter. Entry fees are applicable and cash prizes will be awarded



A NIGHT OF COMEDY with Derrick Kenner and Alfred Kainga
Date - Jan 27th, 9pm
Venue - PAAC Get Tickets

Join us for a night of comedy with two sensational comics. Comedian Derrick Keener is a physical comic with the enhanced talents of song, mimic, and impersonations, Alfred Kainga, a comedian originally from the southern African country of Zimbabwe, has been able to create his own unique style of comedy that is complimented by his African heritage combined with his experiences of living in the US for the past 16 years.




KWTXR by Christopher Blay

Exhibit Dates- Jan 23rd - Feb 3rd
Festival Opening Reception - Jan 25th, 6pm-8pm
Venue - UNT On The Square

KWTXR is an exhibit of drawings, photographs and video by Christopher Blay. KWTXR (based on the fictitious character KaraWalkerTexasRanger) is a body of work that memorializes African American victims of police shootings over the past 25 years. Its central theme is a fantasy narrative in which the character time travels and reverses the outcome of the victim’s confrontations with police. Key elements of the fantasy narrative co-opts religious symbols and rituals, combined with conspiracy theories and science fiction as a way of dealing with the collective frustration and heavy sense of loss that these events have created.

Opening Reception  - Meet the DBFF leadership and learn all about the events lined up for the festival weekend. ,At 6:45 pm Christopher Blay will share more about his exhibit and his creative process. For your enjoyment there will be music and light refreshments




Free Community Event,  Jan 21st, Noon - 10pm
Venue - PAAC

Join for us for our second annual Building Bridges - Pre Festival event : an entire day dedicated to celebrating the arts, music, film and culture of the black diaspora with the entire Denton community. 

12pm - Noon : For Family and Kids
Hiphop Dance Workshop
UNT African Dance Workshop and Performance
Braswell High school Step Team Performance
Arts and Crafts, short film screenings, food trucks and more

4pm - 10pm : For Adults
Music Performances By
Katina Butler
The Boombachs





Sat Jan 28th, 10am
Venue - PAAC. Get Tickets

Join us for an opportunity to spend the morning with a panel of dynamic industry insiders who will share thoughts on the training, tools and connections needed to find success in the competitive business arena. Attendees will come away with meaningful insights that will inspire them to take their professional goals to the next level.

Moderator: Sybil Wilkes, co-host of Tom Joyner Morning Show, Noted News and Political journalist
Guests Panelists: Valeshia Butterfield-Jones CEO- WEEN, Head of Black Community Engagement- Google, DBFF National Chair. Catrina M. Craft, CPA, CEO and Founder Craft Entertainment, Treasurer- Dallas Women In Film, Treasurer/Secretary- Dallas Producers Association, Ward White IV, Entertainment Lawyer, Clients have included Erykah Badu, Rickey Smiley, etc. CEO of ESQmedia. Additional Panelist(s) To Be Announced




Sat Jan 28th - 2:30pm

Venue - Campus Theatre    Get Tickets

Join us for a panel discussion after the screening of "Word Warriors III with Director/Screenwriter/Producer Takia "Tizzi" Green, Screenwriter Producer Lyah Beth LeFlore and others as we discuss various social justice issues affecting the black community and our society as a whole. Additional panelists to be announced.



A Conversation With Ya'Ke Smith

Fri, Jan 27th - 3:30pm

Venue  - UNT On The Square -

FREE EVENT: A Conversation with Film Director and UT-Arlington Film Professor Ya'Ke Smith, featuring clips from his work. He will discuss his catalogue of films, his process and give tips to filmmakers on how to take their idea from concept to the big screen.


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Script To Screen : How To Make A Feature Film Under 100K

Sat. Jan 28th - 12:30pm

Venue - PAAC   Get Tickets

Script to screen will provide students with a hands on, overview of all elements of filmmaking, from the treatment of the script, art design to the production and editing to final distribution. from developing a budget, business plan, investors memorandum, distribution, hiring crew and cast 

**Save The Date – 2019*** Denton Black Film Festival January 23-27, 2019