Who We Are
Storytelling is the core of any culture. Stories are how traditions, ideas and experiences are shared and passed down from one generation to the next. Denton Black Film Festival is a platform for stories about black lives, black culture and black experiences to be shared, told and lived.
The Denton Black Film Festival creates a space where :
- a minority culture can be a majority experience.
- stories on the margins are given center stage.
- the black experience is valued, validated and celebrated.
Denton, a rapidly evolving arts and culture hotbed provides the perfect backdrop for DBFF on its trajectory to building community, celebrating culture, but most importantly, sharing stories.
- Celebrate the accomplishments of African American filmmakers including actors, producers, directors, and other industry professionals.
- Provide opportunities for new and developing African American filmmakers to present their work to the community.
- Enhance, promote, and shape positive images and role models for the African American community and the broader Denton community.
- Provide opportunities to network with professionals in the film-making industry.
- Enrich and build a strong culture of diversity in Denton.
- Provide opportunities for sponsors to establish a mutually beneficial relationships within Denton and the African American businesses and cultural community.
DBFF 2017 NATIONAL CHAIR
VALEISHA BUTTERFIELD JONES
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. Affiliated with a number of professional and civic organizations, Valeisha is a member of the national board of directors of iVote for America and the Hip-Hop Sisters Network, founded by music legend MC Lyte.
Denton African American Scholarship Foundation II Presenting Partner
Education, Empowerment, and Excellence are three words that define the DAASF purpose as a non-profit organization incorporated in 1989 for the purpose of providing scholarships to Denton High School graduates. For more information about DAASF or to make a donation, go to www.dentonaasf.org
City of Denton II Gold Partner
Denton is a city in the U.S. state of Texas and the county seat of Denton County. With a population of over 110,000, it is the 27th most populous city in Texas and the 11th-largest city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Denton is home to several annual artistic and cultural events that cater to residents and tourists.
University of North Texas - Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity II Gold Partner
UNT's Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity supports the nation's 25th largest public university. With a diverse student population of 38,000, nearly 50% are students of color, and 21% identify as Hispanic or Latino.
Denton Record Chronicle II Silver Partner
The Denton Record-Chronicle is the official newspaper for the city of Denton, Texas and Denton County since 1899. Sponsor DAASF and DBFF for several years and community at large.The estimated daily subscription circulation is 15,000, with a Wednesday circulation of 38,500 (delivered to subscribers and free to non-subscribers) and a Sunday circulation of 19,500.
Greater Denton Arts Council II Silver Partner
The Greater Denton Arts Council works with local arts organizations, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, Denton Independent School District, and the City of Denton to support and celebrate the arts. A primary focus of the Arts Council is to provide financial assistance, workshops, and support to GDAC’s almost 40 member arts organizations with the help of The Arts Guild
Texas Woman's University II Silver Partner
With an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students, Texas Woman’s University is the nation’s largest university primarily for women. TWU offers degree programs in the liberal arts, nursing, health sciences, the sciences, business and education. Its campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston are joined by an e-learning campus offering innovative online degree programs in business, education and general studies.
Natural Awakenings - North Texas II Silver Partner
Every month, more than 60,000 locals pick up Natural Awakenings - North Texas looking for products, services, events, education, resources and local experts that can help them live healthier, happier, more natural and balanced lives. Our print magazine (and the digital edition) blend national and local content regarding integrative and holistic medicine, fitness, healthy pets and kids, conscious eating, green living, community events, news and more. We meet readers where they are with the education and resources they need to live better: Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit!
Freixenet II Silver Partner
The world leader in sparkling wine produced in the traditional method. It’s been a century since Freixenet released its first cava in 1914 and the company remains 100% family owned, with the fourth generation now entering the business, ready to celebrate 100 years and many more to come. For more information and ideas, visit www.freixenetusa.com.
Nuby Pediatrics II Bronze Partner
Nuby Pediatrics is a family oriented practice where making children feel safe, happy and well is our number one priority! Our goal is to make sure our children and your children grow up healthy, safe and happy and hope they learn to understand that the visit to the doctors’ office is not a sentence of doom but rather an enjoyable experience.
West Oak Coffee Bar II Bronze Partner
West Oak Coffee Bar Is a trendy hot spot on the square that's far more than a coffee house. In addition to a wide selection of coffees, teas, and delicious ciders along with local beers and wines, West Oak operates with an in house chef who knows how to satisfy your palate. And when the day is done, come back and finish it off with one of their scrumptious, pies, made fresh (even the crust) daily.
Texas Film Commission II Bronze Partner
The Texas Film Commission is your first stop for resources that serve the film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects and video game industries of Texas. Serving the public since 1971, the Texas Film Commission supports our state’s global position as a premier production destination across all media industries.
Dallas Film Commission II Bronze Partner
The Dallas Film Commission is the official film commission for the Greater Dallas area and is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International. The film commission is a Division of the City of Dallas, Office of Economic Development and is also supported by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Denton Cardiology II Bronze Partner
Denton Cardiology is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care for adult patients in the North Texas area through the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease. They are committed to treating each patient as an individual and working with the patient and his / her family to ensure all needs are met efficiently and effectively
Film Freeway II Bronze Partner
FilmFreeway.com is the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Denton Black Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com
City Of Denton - Solid Waste & Recycling II Bronze Partner
Solid Waste & Recycling provides weekly trash and recycling collection to residential customers. Curbside trash and recycling carts are emptied once a week on your collection day. Recycling is an automatic service provided, the more you recycle the less trash you have to throw away.
Harry and Linda Eaddy
Horace annd Euline Brock
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
Morse Street Baptist Church
SouthEast Denton Ministerial Alliance