We can't wait for you to join us for this year's festival! It's sure to be an entertaining experience filled with conversation starting films, educational opportunities, and social events. Click here (soon) to see our films full descriptions.

 

Thursday, August 15th

5:00PM-7:00PM

Opening Film

We’re kicking off the festival with the feature film Solace.

Following the death of her father, a 17-year-old girl is sent to live with her estranged family and finds comfort in a questionable friendship with a self-destructive neighbor, leading both on a startling path to self discovery. Starring Hope Olaide Wilson, Chelsea Tavares, Lynn Whitfield

Location: The Miracle Theatre

 

3rd Annual Making Black Lives Matter Through Film Panel

Making Black Lives Matter Through Film
DCBFF's opening night film line-up includes films that make black lives matter by telling unique and universal stories.

Films: The Voicemail, Oklahoma is Black, Crispus, We Have The Numbers: A Short Documentary on Gun Violence in America, Murder in Mobile, Unarmed Man

Location: The Miracle Theatre

7:30PM-10:00PM


Friday, August 16th

9:00AM-11:15PM

FILM SCREENINGS - BLOCK 1

The Connection
These films showcase connections to our history, Africa, and the disconnect that exists with the two as well.

Films: Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places, Dara, Sankofa, The History of White People in America, The Tree and the Pirogue

Location: The Miracle Theatre

11:45AM-1:35PM

FILM SCREENINGS - BLOCK 2

Wait…What?
These films showcase unconventional characters and storytelling.

Films: Dog Person, The Call, Moving On, Pearl Motel, Here, Dre, A Night At The Table

Location: The Miracle Theatre

2:00PM -5:00PM

FILM SCREENINGS - BLOCK 3

Smiles & Tears
Films showcasing stories that will make you laugh or make you cry.

Films: Roasted, Corey, Heavenly, Me Time, Miracle Fruit, Doll, Angels In Our Hood, Slave Cry, We Want to Make It
 

Location: The Miracle Theatre


FILM SCREENINGS - BLOCK 4

Never Back Down
We'll screen films of activists who don’t know the word quit.

Films: Respect Our Black Dollars, While I Breathe, I Hope

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- State Room

7:30PM-10PM


Saturday, August 17th

9:00AM-11:00AM

FEATURE FILM SCREENING

One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating Scandal
Directed by Emmy Nominated Producer Jodi Gomes, this harrowing documentary brings the accused, whistleblowers, cheaters, and innocent together on film for the first time to tell the real story. The US Education debate takes a front seat in this investigative film that will leave many wondering how our education system could be so blind.

Film: One Child Left Behind

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- Chinese Ballroom


11:30AM-2:00PM

FILM SCREENINGS - BLOCK 2

We’ve Been Here
A variety of LGBTQ+ themed films highlighting the humanity behind the community. Q&A with filmmakers then panel to follow in collaboration with the National Black Justice Coalition.

Films: Congo Cabaret, Sicko!, F.A.M., Light in Dark Places, Masks

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- Chinese Ballroom


2:00PM-5:00PM

FEATURE FILM SCREENING & PANEL EVENT

Una Great Movie
A beautiful diverse movie about a black American woman traveling to Mexico, slowly turns into a romantic comedy with an all-white cast. The absurd reality of chasing a dream. Panel to follow in collaboration with L.I.M.A (Latinos in Media & Arts Coalition)

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- Chinese Ballroom

9:00AM-11:00AM

FILM SCREENINGS BLOCK 1

Portraits
A glance into the minds and lives of beautiful people or characters.

Films: Opus, After I’m Gone, Let This Be Therapy, LIME, East of The River, Four Points

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Ballroom

11:30AM-1:30PM

FAMILY FRIENDLY SCREENING BLOCK

Join us for the feature film EMMETT, a film about a twelve year-old black child prodigy, teams up with his eccentric SAT tutor to solve a crime and keep his family from splitting up. The film will be preceded by three family friendly shorts.

Note: This block is Buy One Get One Free. For every one parent or guardian that purchases a ticket, your child (age 17 and under) can attend for free.

Films: Wash Day, Wash Day, Emmett

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Ballroom

2:00PM-3:45PM

FEATURE FILM SCREENING

Owned: A Tale of Two Americas
The United States’ postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class. It also set America on two divergent paths -- one of imagined wealth, propped up by speculation and endless booms-and-busts, and the other in systematically defunded, segregated communities, where “the American dream” feels hopelessly out of reach.

Some ten years after the last housing collapse and well into a perceived upswing, the election of Donald Trump and urban uprisings in places like Baltimore suggest that there's a far more fundamental problem with housing policy in America. And we haven't even begun to 'recover.' 'Owned' is a fever dream vision into the dark history behind the US housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings to its unbridled commoditization, the doc exposes a foundational story few Americans understand as their own.

Film: Owned: A Tale of Two Americas

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Ballroom

4:15PM-6:20PM

FILM SCREENINGS - BLOCK 2

Black Love
A showcase of stories of lessons in dating, marriage, or love in a black family.

Films: Flight, The Bee, The Right Swipe, Lion, Lights On, Together, One Last Goodbye, Funny Married Stuff

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Ballroom

6:45PM-7:30PM

AWARDS CEREMONY

Awards
Find out who is taking home a trophy for the 2019 DC Black Film Festival. Free to attend.

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Balroom

8:00PM-11:30PM

CLOSING NIGHT EVENT

DC Chillin’
Two films that capture the dance scene and history of Go-Go in Washington, D.C.

Films: The Beat & Path Presents: Electrosoul, Straight Crankin’: A Go-Go Documentary

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Ballroom