Who We Are

Our Story

Storytelling is the core of any culture. And at the Denton Black Film Festival, we share stories of the Black community – it’s traditions, ideas and experiences – in a multitude of ways. Each festival, held annually in January, features Black cinema, music, art, spoken word, comedy, food and fashion. It’s our way of bringing the Black experience to life.


The Denton Black Film Festival is the brainchild of Harry Eaddy, festival director, and is presented by the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation. In 2014, Harry Eaddy approached two staples of the Denton community – Cheylon Brown and Mesha George – with a unique idea to bring an event focused on Black cinema to the region. Together, the trio began dreaming up an event that would evolve into the festival thousands enjoy today. Not long after Eaddy and his fellow founding organizers began collaborating, the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation came onboard as the festival’s founding sponsor.

Today, DBFF exists to address under-representation in film and media by giving Black stories an audience and Black creatives a platform. Sharing culture and building community are the goals of DBFF. Proceeds from the annual festival fund scholarships for African-American students in Denton.

Contact Us

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Your Message

Meet the Team


Musician Frederick Nichelson of the Fingerprints
Musician Frederick Nichelson of the Fingerprints


Quentin Moore at the Denton Black Film Festival.
When/where is the festival?

The festival takes place Jan. 23-27, 2019 in Denton, Texas, which is a vibrant community for creatives located in North Texas about 45 outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Festival screenings and events take place throughout the city. Please see the schedule for specific venues. If you’re interested in staying for a few days, we’ve teamed up with hotels in the region to offer our guests discounts.

Is there a place where I can browse the schedule?

Yes! See our full schedule at http://dentonbff.com/films-events/.

How do I buy passes or tickets?

We use PreKindle as our online venue for selling tickets and passes, as well as for our guests to RSVP to free events in which registration is required.

If you wish to buy a combination of passes and tickets, you’ll have to complete separate transactions at this time. 

If you have questions about this process, please email us at dentonbff@gmail.com. 

How much are passes/tickets?

Festival prices vary, but we offer several events that are free and open to the community. Tickets for screenings and events start at $8 and go up in price to encompass our VIP Experience (All Access) Pass.