Each year the International Black Film Festival  (IBFF)  invites filmmakers from all over the globe to submit their projects to be considered as an “official selection” during the festival. Judges select films to be screened to energetic festival participants.


Filmmakers take advantage of the opportunity to interact with the audience and share their personal journey about their film project via Q&A sessions and networking events.  Awards are also given in the categories listed below.  


IBFF looks forward to reviewing your project and we extend a special invitation for you to attend the 2020 festival in Nashville, TN.

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Submit Your Film Today

Submission Platform

The “Call For Film” season for the 2020 festival will open Jan. 7, 2020. IBFF proudly accepts entries via

FILM FREEWAY, the world’s best online submission platform. They offer free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click the "Film Freeway" button below to submit your project to be considered as an official selection in the film competition.


*See submission deadlines  and please review the EPK requirements.

Submission Deadlines

  • OPENING DATE   January 7, 2020


  • EARLYBIRD DEADLINE  January 31, 2020

  • REGULAR DEADLINE  March 31, 2020

  • LATE DEADLINE        April 30, 2020

  • EXTENDED DEADLINE  May 29, 2020

  • NOTIFICATION DATE  July 31, 2020

  • EVENT DATE      September 30 – October 4, 2020

Award Categories

  • Best  Long Documentary

  • Best Short Documentary

  • Best Narrative Short

  • Best Narrative Feature

  • Best Animation

  • Best of the Festival

  • Best Social Justice Film

  • Audience Choice

  • Best International Film

  • Honorable Mention

  • Best Inspirational Film

  • Best Student Film

  • Best of Tennessee

EPK Requirements

Click here to review our EPK (Electronic Press Kit) Requirements.


*Must be completed at the time of submission.

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