Submit Your Film

We welcome submissions in the following categories:

  • Narrative Features

  • Documentary Features

  • Shorts (Narrative or Doc)

  • Web Series

  • Animation

  • Experimental

  • Student Films


Early Bird Deadline- February 28, 2019

Regular Deadline- March 31, 2019

Late Deadline- April 30, 2019

Extended Deadline- May 20, 2019


All films submitted must have one or all of the above-the-line crew members (writer, director, producer or actors) be of African descent. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. All students must provide current, valid ID and submit with school e-mail.

We are open to films of any genre except adult films and in any language (you must have English subtitles) from around the world! All students must provide proof with current, valid ID and school e-mail. Films must be created by or about people of African descent.

Payment and Submission

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