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 2021 virtual 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 virtual networking events.  Awards are also given in the categories listed below.  


IBFF looks forward to reviewing your project.


The “Call For Film” season for the 2021virtual film festival will open on December 28, 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.


*Please review the EPK requirements.


Opening Date:    

December 28, 2021
Early Bird Deadline:   

January 31, 2021
Regular Deadline:   

March 31, 2021
Late Deadline:       

April 30, 2021
Extended Deadline: 

May 29, 2021
Notification Date: 

July 31, 2021

*Please review the EPK requirements.


  • 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

*Please review the EPK requirements.


Upon submission to Withoutabox, your EPK is required and must be uploaded at the time of submission. 

If you do not have an EPK the festival can help you with putting one together.  Email us at  info@ibffnashville.com for details.



  • Synopsis of the film (50 words or less-Very Important!) 

  • Film Cover Art

  • Director Biography (Maximum 250 words) 

  • Hi-resolution photo of Director (300 DPI – 1 photo only) 

  • Prints, still photo or high-resolution digital images (300 DPI – 2 images only)

  • One 30-90 second trailer via Vimeo or Youtube link

Electronic Press kits must be submitted at entry to be considered.

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