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International Black Film

About Us

The International Black Film Festival (IBFF), based in Nashville, TN, opened its doors in the fall of 2006, as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. A pioneer in the film festival arena, IBFF is the only African-American established and inspired film festival in the state of Tennessee. IBFF's mission is to "Encourage culturally accurate depictions of all people in film with special emphasis on providing a forum of access for underserved and unheard voices as well as to showcase the artistically rich creativity and diversity found around the globe." Operating as a full service industry marketplace, the festival:

  • Provides a platform that showcases the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe, with a special focus of those from and in Tennessee;

  • Provides access to top film industry leaders and networking opportunities;

  • Introduces the latest in technique and technology via workshops, master classes, demonstrations and industry panels;

  • Affects economic growth and opportunity for its participants and the State of Tennessee;

  • Provides a family friendly event for which all communities can participate; 

  • Connects and build ongoing relationships in all aspects of the business of film;

  • Partners with and provide quality programming to school systems, colleges, universities and civic organizations across the state; 

  • We invite the world to experience a truly diverse festival that encourages and fosters growth, education, access and opportunity. 

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The Team

The People of IBFF

Hazel Joyner-Smith


Ingrid L. Brown

Chief Operations Officer 

Ivy J. Brown

Chief Creative Officer

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