In Person Festival returns January 25-29, 2023 


The Denton Black Film Festival has become one of the premier events in Denton and the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth region. The festival, a primary fundraising the Denton African-American Scholarship Foundation, has rapidly become an experience where people of all cultures come together to enjoy films from experienced and aspiring filmmakers, music, art, spoken word, comedy and fashion.


Entering its eighth year, the DBFF is poised for continued growth, appealing to a culturally diverse group of movie enthusiasts, arts supporters and residents, thirsting for enriching and empowering experiences not regularly found in Denton or in DFW. The festival attracted nearly 11,000 people last in person, up from the more than 3,500 in 2017, 2,500 in 2016 and nearly 10 times the attendance levels when the festival first started. The conference has garnered national media coverage in print, online, on radio and television around the country. 


In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a curve ball, forcing the festival to go completely virtual. That hasn’t stopped the momentum of producing a content-rich festival that will use innovative streaming technology to engage viewers not only from the DFW-area, but from around the U.S. and the world. 


Hybrid Film Festival | Save The Date
IN PERSON- JANUARY 26-30, 2022 VIRTUAL- JAN. 29- FEB. 6, 2022

Learn more at dentonbff.com/film-festival

This year you can expect:

  • 112 films
  • Video On Demand capability to rewatch content for 24hrs
  • In-Person events across 11 venues
  • Free 2 1/2 day Technology Expo
  • 3 music performances including headliner MonoNeon concert
  • Late-night mixers
  • Screen dance film category
  • People’s Choice voting on films
  • Partnerships with Amp Creative, Panavision, & more

Here are just a few reasons why the 2021 Virtual DBFF was more dynamic than ever:

  • Use Eventive platform, Zoom, Streamyard, Remo interactive video conferencing and chat technology
  • Offer more than 100 hours of programming content for the festival, including:
    • 37 blocks of film screenings
    • 62 hours of film/cinematic content
    • 20+ blocks of Institute workshops, panels and talks
    • 36 hours of workshop, panels and talks
    • 4 blocks for tech talks
    • Art showcases, 3 art talks
    • Custom Design Panel featuring Whitney Kyle (designer for Dave Chapelle)
  • Social Justice Environmental Justice, Mental Health films and discussions
  • DBFF Signature Spoken Word Event (Will feature some of the top performers in DFW)
  • Introduction of traditional poetry and Screen Dance
  • Art sessions for beginners and experienced collectors
  • Partnerships with Earthx, Panavision, Alternate ROOTS, Black Public Media
  • Video On Demand capability to rewatch content for 24hrs

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View Schedule: Visit dentonbff.com/schedule

Denton Black Film Festival to Hold Hybrid Event in January 

With safety in mind, the Festival, using the “Explore Again” theme, enters eighth year with more films available than ever, providing a wide variety of both in-person, live streamed and on demand activities


Media Credentials:

Your presence is welcomed and encouraged, however, we ask that you please fill out this form and return via email before 5 p.m. January 23 for preferred media access to the 2022 In-person or virtual Denton Black Film Festival. If attending the “virtual” event, once your credentials have been reviewed and approved, you receive special instructions about how to access the screenings, workshops, and other special events. Thanks for your cooperation and you interest in the Denton Black Film Festival

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