15th Annual

San Diego Black Film Festival

January 30, 2019 to February 03, 2019

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220 West G Street, Suite E

San Diego CA 92101
Phone: 619 232-1913

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Dramatic Feature
A dramatic feature is any work of a serious nature with emotional highs and lows.
Documentary Feature
A documentary is any film that uses real life scenes to demonstrate the subject matter.
Documentary Short
Any short film that uses real life scenes to demonstrate the subject matter.
Any film of a humorous nature.
Any cartoon-like film including digital animation.
Music Video
Any film with music as its primary source.
Dramatic Short
Any short film of a serious or striking nature.
Any film of a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered nature.


To provide a vehicle for worldwide exposure of quality African Amercan and African Diaspora films.


The San Diego Black Film Festival was established in 2003 and is held each January in San Diego, California. The event is one of the largest black film festivals in the country and feature the best in African American and African Diaspora films.


Karen Willis (Director); Karen Willis (Director)


Films entered into competition must be directed, produced, or principally acted by an artist of African descent in the USA or in any country, or by a person born in any country in Africa, or whose subject matter relates to African American culture or any cultures of Africa (including Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, etc.) regardless of race. Entries must have been completed after January 1, 2017.

Entries must not have been exhibited previously at a film festival in the San Diego area nor can it be available for rent or purchase on DVD or any other format for American audiences.

Each project entered into competition must pay an entry fee. There is no limit to the number of qualifying entries by any entrant so long as an entry form and fee accompanies each entry. Foreign language entries must be subtitled with English subtitles. Films cannot be re-entered into competition or the festival in general if previously rejected from the San Diego Black Film Festival.


Legal Notice: When submitting a film to the San Diego Black Film Festival you are representing that you’re; (a) duly authorized to submit such film; (b) you are in fact committing such film for screening at the San Diego Black Film Festival if accepted, and (c) hereby submit your film in consideration of a submission fee and the festival's promise to screen your film, if selected (excusing any technical issues). Accordingly, your submission constitutes a binding agreement between you as the applicant, and/or filmmaker and the San Diego Black Film pursuant to this agreement. If your film is selected, you MUST submit a Blu-ray screening copy on or before the noted deadline.

You further agree to adhere to all rules and regulations of the festival. The rules and regulations of the festival are provided upon your request in writing or email. You agree to hold the San Diego Black Film Festival, Film San Diego and its affiliates, harmless from any damages whatsoever, including personal injury and the loss of your screening/exhibition copy in-route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of your film. You understand and agree that the San Diego Black Film Festival is not obligated to return any film not personally retrieved at the close of screening. Should any liability or damage result or legal action commence from a third party naming you or the San Diego Black Film Festival, as a result of your submission, and/or the exhibition of your film, you agree to indemnify the San Diego Black Film Festival, Film San Diego and its affiliates. By submitting your film, you are confirming that you have read and fully understand the above terms and conditions and hereby agree that it constitutes your electronic signature and agreement upon submission. Any breach of the agreement by you may result in your film's disqualification and cancellation.

Entrants shall obtain all licenses, royalties, and permits necessary to present their work. Entrant will assume all costs arising from the use of patented, trademarked, franchised or copyrighted music, materials, devices, processes, or dramatic rights used in production of work. Entries previously exhibited on the Internet are eligible for entry so long as they meet the above requirements.

The Festival is not responsible for returning screening copies unless entrant includes a self-addressed stamped envelope or retrieve your film during or prior to the end of the festival. Entry fees are not refundable. Self-addressed stamped envelopes with insufficient postage will be discarded. DO NOT USED DATED METERED STAMPS as it would have expired by the time the film is returned to you and therefore will not be accepted by the post office. Providing a FedEx number or pre-paid mailer is the best way to have your film returned should you fail to retrieve it during the festival.