Past Festivals

Denton Black Film Festival 2017

DBFF2017 Award Winners

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Runners Up

Life Is Too Short
Take Me Out

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Runner Up

The Land Beneath Our Feet

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Runners Up

The Letter Carrier
The Example
Honorable Mentions : Padlock Men, Underneath The Grey, remnants.

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Runners Up

Color Blues, Rise Up (2nd Place tie)
Honorable Mention : Dr Race: Practicing While Black, Strange Fruit, The Closet.

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Runners Up

Honorable Mention : Same Fruit, Different Tree

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Runner Up

Honorable Mention : Reach






In accord with DBFF vision of sharing black culture and building bridges within communities, we are pleased to have serving as our National Chair, Valeisha Butterfiled Jones. Ms. Jones is the co-founder and CEO of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN). Valeisha has a deep passion for diversity and inclusion, as evidenced by her work for the nearly two decades driving social responsibility campaigns and community engagement programs for corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Valeisha's career began as an intern for music mogul, Russell Simmons. She quickly made her mark within Rush Communications and the entertainment industry when she was appointed to serve as one of the youngest executive directors of a national organization at the the time, responsible for bridging the gap between pop culture, celebrities and social responsibility. Her award-winning programs focused on voter engagement and financial literacy for young Americans 18-35 years old throughout the United States and Canada. Most recently, Valeisha authored the highly acclaimed book, The Girlprint, a mentorship guide for young women and was appointed to serve as the Head of Black Community Engagement for technology giant, Google.

She's been recognized by major publications such as :Magazine's Top 40 under 40 Women's Leadership Award(2012), Ebony magazine's Power 100 Award (2012), Elle Magazine's Top 25 Most Inspiring Women(2015). The Root 100 (2012). She is also regularly featured on Black Entertainment Television, Centric, Revolt TV, Aspire TV, Arise News and others.



Denton Black Film Festival 2016



 DBFF 2016 was held Jan 29-31, 2016 and was a weekend, pregnant with artistic expression, cultural exploration, and community building.

Building on the successes of our first year, DBFF2016 had 28 film screenings, a huge jump from 13 of our previous year. With over 2500 attendees at DBFF2016, we were privileged to use our platform to engage our local community in celebration, recognition and support of black cinema and art.

See below for more details and pictures from DBFF 2016

Click here to read media coverage of DBFF 2016


28 films screened including T-Rex, Little While Lie, August Wilson : The Ground On Which I Stand, Black Card, Alma, Cronies and Black Girl In Paris.



Annette Lawrence "Around Again" - UNT Professor and Chair of Studio Art at the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design. This exhibit featured pieces from the formative years of Lawrence's art practice.



Various music venues showcasing music by Joel Cross, Texas Brew Crew, The Boombachs, Robin Hackett, Brandon Kareem and Katina Butler & Ensemble

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Irma P. Hall Lifetime Achievement Award

An evening with Irma P Hall, actress, educator, poet, visual artist, to honor and celebrate her many achievements through her long, fulfilling career. Her notable actings credits include ; A Family Thing(1996), Soul Food(1997), Patch Adams(1998), The Ladykillers(2004), Chi-Raq(2015) and more.


Spoken Word

We showcased over 12 talented spoken artists from around the country delivering performance based poetry that focuses on the aesthetics of word play and story-telling.

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Tribute to Gospel Music

We dedicated the last day of the festival to a Tribute to Gospel Music concert featuring Andrea Helms, first runner up on S4 of BET's Sunday's Best, the world's leading gospel competition television show. Other performances by Voices of Praise, Booker T Washington(Performing Arts School Dallas) Gospel Ensemble, Nathan Myers, Dr Bradley and the Notes of Hope.

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Building Bridges : A Community Celebration

We held a pre-festival event for the entire community featuring free films, face painting, photo booth, crafts, dance workshop and performance, stamp art contest, spoken word, food trucks and music.


"Tommy Got A Job" Master Acting Class

We held a Master Acting class taught by industry veteran, Tommy Ford, famous for his role in the hit show, "Martin".

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Denton Black Film Festival 2015


DBFF 2015 was our inaugural year and we burst onto the North Texas film and arts scene with incredible energy and reach. We screened 13 films including Dear White People, Belle, When We Were Broncos, Wolf, Half Of A Yellow Sun. Over 800 were in attendance over the course of the entire weekend and our entire team was incredibly proud to have pulled of a successful, well attended and well received festival. At the end of it all, we couldn't wait to start planning towards the next year's festival.

Check a few photos from DBFF2015 below.

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