Denton Black Film Festival: a roadmap to the virtual festival (and 10 of our top picks to watch!)
What: Denton Black Film Festival (virtual)
When: January 27- February 6, 2022
Tickets + more info: dentonbff.com
The Denton Black Film Festival planned its most robust lineup yet for 2022: a technology expo, musical performances spanning from jazz to gospel, art exhibitions and of course, standout short films.
Denton Black Film Festival’s eighth year, however, turned out to be the second that had to go virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, specifically the recent surge in cases due to the omicron variant of the virus.
Harry Eaddy, founder of the Denton Black Film Festival, is still as passionate and hopeful now about the festival’s impact as he was before omicron. The festival will go on.
Eaddy sees the social and political fires of the last several years having “awakened a sleeping giant” among Black creatives and artists in a profound way.
“A lot of creatives of color were just kind of going along before; ‘going along to get along,’” Eaddy said. “And then suddenly, you had a changing political climate. People who were beginning to feel like… ‘America may not be for you.’ And so it caused a lot of them to go ‘Wait, wait, man, what’s going on? What are you talking about?’ People started to think about their experiences in America, or at work.”
Last year, the festival had about 9,000 virtual attendees. Eaddy thinks close to the same number will attend this year, as word spreads that Denton Black Film Festival is more than just a regional festival; it’s an event showcasing works with national implication
“Given the climate that we’ve had over the last three to four years, it’s kind of polarized the country,” Eaddy continued. “I think this festival will be one thing that we can point people to that is fresh and good, but that also leaves people to think, ‘Okay, there’s still more work to be done.’”
So even with the virus throwing a wrench in plans (what else is new?), Denton Black Film Festival took the disheartening turn as an opportunity to exemplify a timeless show business asset in action: improvisation.
Not to mention the helpfulness of post-pandemic binge-watch culture. For viewers tuning in to stream the Denton Black Film Festival, the 65 short films featured this year should be a breeze.
Here’s how the acclaimed film festival will pan out.