Denton Black Film Festival
The Denton Black Film Festival (DBFF) is a festival celebrating the diverse stories and culture of the black community through film, music, and art.
Storytelling is the core of any culture. Stories are how traditions, ideas, and experiences are shared and passed down from one generation to the next. DBFF is a platform for stories about black lives, black culture and black experiences to be shared, told and lived.
The Denton Black Film Festival creates a space where :
- a minority culture can be a majority experience.
- stories on the margins are given center stage.
- the black experience is valued, validated and celebrated.
Denton, a rapidly evolving arts and culture hotbed provides the perfect backdrop for DBFF on its trajectory to building community, celebrating culture, but most importantly, sharing stories.
The festival features narratives, documentaries, and shorts submitted by filmmakers nationwide and internationally. Screenings are usually held at the historic Campus Theatre in downtown Denton. Main attractions and activities during the festival include a music and art exhibits. Other ancillary events are spoken word and comedy showcases, industry workshops and an artist mixer event.
Harry Eaddy, the festival director says “We are beyond thrilled at the success of our first two years. As we expand our reach to a national audience, our goal is to make DBFF an acclaimed platform for filmmakers from all over the world while maintaining our focus on building and sharing community here in Denton and North Texas at large”.
The Denton Black Film Festival is the brainchild of Harry Eaddy, festival director, and is presented by the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation. In 2014, Harry Eaddy approached two staples of the Denton community – Cheylon Brown and Mesha George – with a unique idea to bring an event focused on Black cinema to the region. Together, the trio began dreaming up an event that would evolve into the festival thousands enjoy today. Not long after Eaddy and his fellow founding organizers began collaborating, the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation came onboard as the festival’s founding sponsor.
Today, DBFF exists to address under-representation in film and media by giving Black stories an audience and Black creatives a platform. Sharing culture and building community are the goals of DBFF. Proceeds from the annual festival fund scholarships for African-American students in Denton.
Full schedule of events to be announced soon!
Join us on Thursday, December 6 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center to celebrate the opening of Life Stories Told Through Quilts: The Quilts of Barbara McCraw the newest exhibition in partnership with the Denton Black Film Festival.
Retired teacher and pathologist Barbara McCraw is a Master Quilter whose pieces have been exhibited across North America and Europe. She has created quilts celebrating figures like Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Obamas. Her pieces are in numerous collections including the Smithsonian, the Denton County African-American museum, the Denton County Courthouse museum, the University of Michigan and North Carolina Central University.
Light refreshments will be served.
The exhibit will run all the way until February 15th, so make sure you stop by and check it out!
Staying in Denton for the weekend?
EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON DENTON CONVENTION CENTER
Stay at the recently opened AAA Four Diamond Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center, located in the heart of Denton’s upcoming Rayzor Ranch entertainment district. The hotel is complete with a complimentary shuttle and is located near the region’s shops, dining, nightlife and live music. Discounted rates for DBFF guests start at $129+. Click here for special rates. No code is required.
Hotel phone number: +1-940-243-3799
SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT DENTON
Enjoy your visit with the Denton Black Film Festival by staying at the SpringHill Suites Denton with the special DBFF group rate of $99 per night. Click here to reserve. No code is required. Book by Jan. 4, 2019.
Hotel phone number: +1 940-383-4100
NOTE: the western half of parking lot E on this map will turn over to paid parking (at the discretion of its private owner) on Feb. 1. This will not affect crowds parking for the Denton Black Film Festival.