Submit Your Work

Do you have a film that you think the Denton Black Film Festival audience would love to see? Want to compete in the second annual Music Video Competition? Submit your work for #DBFF22. 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
  • Web & Episodic Series
  • College Shorts
  • Texas High School Shorts
  • Original Music Videos
  • Screendance

The final deadline is November 8, 2021. 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  TXCOLLEGEDBFF22 for a 20% Discount

Texas High School Students Must Use Waiver Code TXHSDBFF22 to submit – 2 entry limit.

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


Opening Date: June 7, 2021

Early Bird: July 5, 2021

Regular: Oct. 25, 2021 

Final: Nov. 8, 2021


Notification Date: December 10, 2021

Festival Date: January 26-30, 2022

Filmmaker Reviews

This was my first time participating in the Denton Black Film and I must say I was thoroughly impressed. The organizers were extremely gracious and welcoming. Everything was handled in a professional and courteous manner. It felt very personal despite being a virtual event. DBFF is definitely a "must submit" for African-American films and filmmakers.

- Bayer Mack, 2021

This has been one of the best film festivals i have attended, hands down the number one black film festival in the state of Texas.

- Ron Clemons, 2021

Exceptional work! Very communicative, organized, and warm. For a first time virtual experience, they did a wonderful job taking care of the people. Highly recommended!

- Ivory Leonard IV

DBFF was my favorite festival in this virtual era. They did an incredible job making the most of it, and hope to be involved in person in the future!

- Tyler Dunham, 2021

For my first festival experience, it was great. Yes, I wish it had been in person, but these are the times. The communication was great! All and all a great experience! And I want to thank all those who watched my film "I'm Just a Layman in Pursuit of Justice-Black farmers Fight Against USDA" and voted it as People's Choice!!! Much love and thanks!!!

- Shoun Hill, 2021

Outstanding film festival! A truly filmmaker friendly film festival. It was an honor to be a part of such a well thought out festival. I hope to be able to attend it in person after my next project is completed and is submitted. Well done.

- Garfield Boston, 2021

Introducing something new

A Fuller Experience

The Denton Black Film Festival prides ourselves on being a destination where people can come to #ExperienceCulture. Last year we introduced the Original Music Video Competition along with a non-competitive screendance film block.

Screendance is a hybrid art form that combines cinematography with choreography. 

We are so excited to continue to provide a platform that embraces and highlights Black storytelling. Happy festivaling!