Top 12 Black Film FestivalsJacob
Film festival directors create fair and balanced programs for their festivals. Despite the quality of the films, a festival with all the black films is not necessarily as interesting as a conventional festival, but rather opens the door of opportunity for niche festivals. As a filmmaker, when I set out to identify the 10 best festivals for black filmmakers, I couldn’t locate any sources that would identify that list. Through my own experiences living and working in Los Angeles in the entertainment industry for over 12 years, I was able to create my own list of the Top 10 Best Film Festivals for Black Filmmakers. Unable to narrow the list down to 10 of equal or greater importance, my list actually has 12 festivals.
1. american black
Originally called the Acapulco Film Festival, the American Black Film Festival came to Los Angeles through Miami. Produced by Film Life, Inc., which also produces the Black Movie Awards, the American Black Film Festival is the most elegant Black Film Festival, packed with star-studded black films made regardless of the studio system.
2. Pan African Film & Arts, Los Angeles
With an attendance of over 200,000 people for the Arts and Film Festival, PAFF is the largest and one of the most prestigious black film festivals in the world. Each year PAFF shows more than 150 films from the US, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada.
3. Hollywood Black
At the same time as the Infotainment Conference, the Hollywood Black Festival is a formidable stop for black filmmakers, while many agents, distributors, and sales agents, specifically looking for black content, attend.
Once home to its own distribution point, the Urbanworld Film Festival remains an option for studios and independents to debut feature films, network, and discover emerging talent.
5. San Diego Black
Formerly known as the Black Film Festival, the San Diego Black Film Festival has grown into an elegant event where filmmakers can be treated with class and respect.
6. Black International Cinema, Berlin
With an existence of more than 20 years and produced by the Fountainhead Tanz Theater in Berlin, the Black International Cinema Film Festival offers black filmmakers a great opportunity to screen in Europe and build a bridge for distribution in the pan-African market.
7. Pan-African. Cannes
Although it was not sponsored by the French government like the Cannes Festival, the Cannes Pan African Film Festival offers black filmmakers the nickname Cannes, as well as the opportunity to share their work with the European market and make progress for European distribution. .
8. Urban film series
The Urban Film Series is not really a film festival, but rather a series of film screenings and debates. Located in the nation’s capital, the Urban Film Series’ organizing and advertising engine is stellar and will attract the attention of film media across the nation’s capitol. In addition, the Urban Film Series also features film screenings and discussions in other markets important to the black community.
9. New York African Diaspora
The ADFF shows films from the African diaspora from around the world. Like the Hollywood screening, the New York screening is never a bad idea. The New York media serve as a substitute for the nation’s media, and the ADFF succeeds in getting its films to respectable media coverage.
One of the largest festivals of its kind in the New England area, the Roxbury Film Festival has been a constant staple by providing filmmakers of color with the opportunity to screen their work and allow their voices to be heard.
11. San Francisco Black
SFBFF has become a driving force that integrates the work of freelance black filmmakers into the mainstream. Several films, which premiered at SFBFF, have ensured their distribution.
12. BFM International
BFM International Film Festival, sponsored by Black Filmmaker Magazine, is the world’s leading urban and black film festival in the UK. In addition to its main event in London, BFM also hosts several mini festivals across the UK.