In Person Festival returns January 25-29, 2023 

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 deadline is October 3, 2022. 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  23TXCOLLEGEDBFF for a 20% Discount

Texas High School Students Must Use Waiver Code 23TXHSDBFF to submit

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


Opening Date: May 2, 2022

Early Bird: July 27, 2022

Regular: Oct. 3, 2022

Final: Oct. 24, 2022


Notification Date: December 1, 2022

In-Person Festival Date: January 25-29, 2022 | Virtual dates TBA

Filmmaker Reviews

This is simply one of the best film festivals in the country. The communication is on point, the hospitality is great, the energy is so warm and inviting. In addition to the films, they have music, poetry, comedy, and art…

- Jacolby Percy

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

I thoroughly enjoyed the content of the festival and the added workshops. Very informative! Will be back!

- Tonya Holloway

Grade A festival. They went virtual this year[2021] and it has been my best virtual festival experience. I would love to see their amazing hospitality in-person!

- Brandon Miree

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

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!