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Attend 2021 Virtual Festival

Festival runs Jan. 27 - Feb. 1 | Block packages and individual tickets available now

Upcoming Events by DBFF, Partners, & Friends

DBFF Virtual Collaborative Challenge


  • We Tell Our Stories

As artists and people of color, we surmount countless barriers related to inaccessibility, inequality, and discrimination, yet we still find a way to have our voices heard. Whether highlighting yourself as an individual, your community, or the greater Diaspora, what does it mean to tell your story despite the odds against you? Through this short video challenge, DBFF invites you to convey the ways our stories continue to shine by showcasing the ways BIPOC culture and communities overcome and innovate. 


  • This challenge is open to any and all creatives. 
  • Each participant can sign up in a pre-formed team or as an individual. Each individual participant will be randomly grouped with other participants, and each group will work collaboratively in a format that they determine.
  • Each group will produce a 3-5 minute original short film that in some way explores the theme of the challenge and festival: “We tell our stories.” 


  • Groups of 2-4 individuals
  • 3-5 minute short film
    • Can be narrative or documentary
    • Can be in any genre or style
    • Can use found footage, archival footage, or original content
    • Content must be appropriate for all audiences (no R-rated content)
    • The film must be an original work created for the contest
  • For each pre-formed group, the majority of its members must identify within BIPOC communities
  • Videos must be submitted by January 22th, 2021 at 11:59 pm CST via a private Youtube or Vimeo link

*Disclaimer*- Denton Black Festival holds the right to disqualify any video projects based on our assessment of the work’s content or quality. By submitting to this contest, you agree and consent to the publication of the work on all Denton Black Film Festival marketing/promotional sites.



Registration date: Register through Google Forum here

Register deadline: Friday, January 8th.

Groups formed (for individual participants): 1/11

Deadline to submit your film: 1/22

Winners announced: 1/31



Each submitted video will be published on the DBFF Eventive festival page where viewers can vote on which video that best represent the theme of the challenge. 

The voting poll will occur during the festival week from January 25th-30th. The top three most voted videos will be announced and awarded at the Closing Awards show Sunday, January 31st. The top three videos will be featured on DBFF social media and website after the festival week. 

In case of a tie, the DBFF leadership team will be the deciding vote.

3rd place: The team whose video receives the third-highest number of votes will be awarded $200 dollars and one (1) film block voucher for each team member for the 2022 DBFF. 

2nd place: The team whose video receives the second-highest number of votes will be awarded $300 dollars, and each group member will receive a 2022 DBFF All-Access Film pass.

1st place: The team whose video receives the most votes will be awarded $400 dollars and VIP passes to the 2022 DBFF Festival for all group members

  • Winners are interviewed and featured on the DBFF website/social media



Soul Talk is a series that holds intimate conversations with creatives to discuss their work. Every second Sunday DBFF will bring you an engaging conversation that dives into the motive, interpretation, and implementation of a project. Guests will vary from the discipline of film, art, poetry, and music.

When: August 9th, 2020 – January 10th, 2020

Where: Series will be available on Facebook Live and Youtube.

Tickets: RSVP on Eventbrite

Let’s Talk About It
Premiere night is always full of anticipation. Join the first peek conversation with DBFF on Twitter. Share your first reactions on watch night then join us on Instagram Live the next day for a review session hosted by Black film critics.


Where: Series will be available on Twitter and Instagram Live.

DBFF Institute Community Conversations
Upcoming dates:
August 28th at 6pm
September 24th – State of the Industry
October 29th
December 3rd


Where: Via Zoom. Sign Up for DBFF Newsletter

Cinematic Conversations- Soul -Dec. 30th

Dallas Video Fest

7:30pm CST

Panelist including Filmmaker Professor Ya’ke Smith and local animator Don Dixon
The panelist will discuss the film and also the history of Black animation and the work new and innovative work currently being done by Black animators across the country https://www.facebook.com/events/364105894646905
What is it that makes you…YOU? This December, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions. Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Inside Out,” “Up”), co-directed by Kemp Powers (“One Night in Miami”) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray, p.g.a. (Pixar short “Lou”), Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” is streaming exclusively December 25, 2020 on Disney+.


The Denton Black Film Festival 2021 Virtual Edition will be January 27, 2021 – Feb 1st, 2021

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In the last Soul Talk of 2020, African American Film Critics Association President Gil Robertson + #AAFCA members/critics Ronda Racha Penrice, Kathia Woods, and Anthony “Ant” Johnson bare their souls on life as a Black Film Critic. #DBFF #MoreThanEntertainment

Thank you to our sponsor: NBC5 Texas Connects Us

Host: Neil Foote

‘Soul Talk’ playlist:

Miss Juneteenth (Film)

Muta’Ali Talks ‘Storm Over Brooklyn’ (Film)

‘Mr. Soul’ – Special Edition (Film)

Artist Annette Lawrence and Poet Nikki Finney talk “docu-poetry” (Art)

 Our events aim to “Entertain, Educate, and Inspire” the filmmaking and creative community.

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DBFF 2020 Film Awards

With over 93 film selections in 2020, the competition made it hard select our finalist, an of course, the winners! Thank you to every filmmaker, director, producer, and crew member that participated in the Denton Black Film Festival this year. To view the final award winners, click here.