In Person Festival returns January 25-29, 2023 

Denton Black Film Festival Institute presents

The Denton Black Film Festival

The Denton Black Film Festival Institute returns with it’s 9th annual festival in-person January 25 – 29th and extending virtually for film lovers until February 6, 2023 . Enjoy films highlighting the Black Diaspora, Music, Spoken Word, Educational Seminars for filmmakers & creators, and Technology expo. Our mission is to Educate, Entertain, and Inspire while elevating Black creators.

What to Expect

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FILM A new line up of films to watch on the big screen and at home! Bring the whole family out to enjoy

TECHNOLOGY Bring the family to a free 2 1/2 day interactive tech experience. Discover tech innovators around DFW and possibilities of young learners by cheering on the DFW NAACP sponsored Hackathon

MUSIC Spotlight concert featuring the “Queen of Underground Soul”, Sy Smith! The rhythm flows throughout the festival with live performances at the after parties, djs, and the Sunday special – Gospel Meets Jazz.

ART DBFF’s largest art experience comes with three exhibits showcasing Black artists across Texas Women’s University campus and University of North Texas Co Lab.

SPOKEN WORD Get Down and Slam poetry returns with an open mic and competition! Come snap your fingers in support of the brave voices.


Dive deeper in the world of filmmaking with industry talks, tap into the state of the community at social justice panels, laugh at the comedy event, and have a blast while experiencing Black culture.

Thank you to our Sponsors


Plan Your Experience

When Does Registration Begin?

Registration starts in December 2022. Regular ticket prices begin December 13th.

Are there Hotel Partnerships?

We have a list of local hotels of various rates in order to make your DBFF planning visit experience a lot easier. Compare rates and don’t worry about a cutoff date to make reservations. Visit here.

Best airport to fly into?

Denton, Texas is located approx. 40 mins from both Dallas and Fort Worth. DFW airport and Dallas Love Field are each preferred airports when traveling to the Denton Black Film Festival.


Where is DBFF located?

The Denton Black Film Festival is located at various venues in downtown Denton, Texas. Most venues are within walking distance. Locations include: NCTC, Margo Jones Performance Hall at TWU, UNT on the square, Campus Theater,  Denton Civic Center and more.


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More FAQ

The Denton Black Film Festival has been around for 9 years. Each year growing larger. The visiting audience is diverse and welcome to all regardless of age, race, gender, or creed. There’s something for everyone as we showcase Black culture.