Film Submission

Submissions for DBFF 2021 Open April 20th.

Submit Your Work

Do you have a film that you think the Denton Black Film Festival audience would love to see? Submit your film for #DBFF21. DBFF proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. We are accepting entries for:

  • Narrative Features
  • Documentary Features
  • Short Films-Narrative and Documentary
  • College Shorts
  • Web Series and Texas High School Shorts

The final deadline is Nov. 11, 2020. Click the button to submit with FilmFreeway. For rules, guidelines and to submit your work, visit https://filmfreeway.com/DentonBlackFilmFestival. Questions? Contact us via email at dbfffilmmaker@gmail.com


Texas College Students Use Code  TXCOLLEGE21DBFF for a 20% Discount

Texas High School Students Must Use Waiver Code TXHS21DBFF to submit.

Waivers are not available for competitive entries and are only available on a limited basis for Invitational consideration.


Early Bird: July 8, 2020

Regular: Oct. 19, 2020 

Final: Nov. 11, 2020


Notification Date: December 7, 2020

Festival Date: January 27-31, 2021

Filmmaker Reviews

I've been to several different festivals in North Texas, but this one is one to check out. So many quality films, but this festival incorporates culture deep in its run. You can experience music, art, comedy, food, and panels that help filmmakers network and grow in their craft.

- Micheal Gibson Jr, 2020

Thank you Denton Black Film Festival, the experience was great, I really enjoy the festival, I learned a lot, the venue and events was too notch and I will definitely be back next year. Blessings

- Tommy Dunn, 2020

EXCELLENT festival. A pleasure to be screened at the festival, and work with the festival organizers and volunteers; utmost professionals. They are amazing! Talented curators.

- Shirah Dedman, 2020

Overall, DBFF was a great experience. The team put together an overall well rounded festival full of social events, cultural events, workshops, and great screenings.

- Kofi Dormah, 2020

The DBFF is an incredible film festival! The quality of the films presented were consistently among the best I've seen from any fest, and the hospitality and opportunities for networking were excellent. The venues were top-notch, as well with excellent screens and no technical glitches. I look forward entering a film for next year's DBFF. I would go even if I didn't have a film showing!

- Cedrick May, 2020

The cinema my film screened was beautiful. I also attended several discussion talks which I received a lot of value. Great communication with the festival coordinators. I highly recommend you attend and submit.

- Sam Hicks, 2020