Denton Black Film Festival
P.O. Box 1217
Denton, TX 76202

Phone – 469-573-0799

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”.


DBFF Promo 2018 from Aume Motion Arts on Vimeo.

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?


3100 Town Center Trail, Denton, Texas, 76201

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



1434 Centre Place Drive, Denton, Texas 76205 USA

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.

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Current Black Film Festival Blogs

DBFF: Word is Bond explores hip-hop lyricists and their raps

Word is Bond is a documentary filmed by Sacha Jenkins that explores the importance of lyricism in a genre rooted in the strength and struggle of its people.  It is a language crafted by poets, which went on to transform…

Published on: Wed, Jan 24, 2018

DBFF: “Making SkyBreak” is an Entertaining Tale of Music, Passion and Collaboration

Many of us remain attached to our hometowns long after we move away. The people, places and things that helped make us who we are live on forever as treasured memories. While our upbringings may also be filled with strife,…

Published on: Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Denton Black Film Festival broadens perspectives

Art is expression. It takes as many forms as there are artists to create it. Even artists working within the same genre produce creations quite different from one another. They incorporate nuances from somewhere within their own imaginations stemming from…

Published on: Sun, Jan 21, 2018

DBFF: “Black Cop” Cuts Deep with Incisive, Insightful Storytelling

Roughly a year ago, audiences were shocked, thrilled and brought to their feet by the darkly comic Get Out, a blockbuster from the mind of comedian-auteur Jordan Peele. Peele’s critical and financial smash is currently making award season waves, further…

Published on: Wed, Jan 17, 2018

DBFF: Miracles and Muzik and These Beats Ain’t Free Explore the Highs and Lows of Life in the Music Industry

Hip-hop artists and pop stars receive no shortage of praise and adoration, but what about the producers that help those musicians craft their biggest hits? Two of the Denton Black Film Festival’s exhibitions will explore the hectic, competitive, and often…

Published on: Tue, Jan 16, 2018

DBFF: “The Voiceless” Provides a Light in the Darkness

All eyes were fixed on the red carpet during the run-up to last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards, but this year it wasn’t the Oscar de la Renta gowns that took center stage. In a beautiful display of unity, all male…

Published on: Tue, Jan 9, 2018

DBFF: History of black community in Denton front and center in art exhibit Freedman’s Town 2.0

Later this month, the Denton Black Film Festival will open with four days of film about the black experience. The vast majority of these films highlight situations faced outside of Texas, and some were even filmed outside of the United…

Published on: Fri, Jan 12, 2018

DBFF: Women’s Short Film Block covers all the emotions

The women’s short film block challenges how we feel about love, self-worth, and expression. Each director tells a unique story about the human experience. All serve to highlight the different challenges we feel just trying to exist. Viewers are bound…

Published on: Thu, Jan 11, 2018

DBFF: For Ahkeem: One Teen Mother’s Resolve to Succeed

For Ahkeem is the true story of Daje Shelton, a high school junior in St. Louis, Missouri, who is kicked out of the public school system for fighting. Daje—known to her friends as Boonie—is placed in alternative school called the…

Published on: Fri, Jan 5, 2018

DBFF: La Vie Magnifique de Charlie Explores the Magic of Black Women’s Relationships

La Vie Magnifique de Charlie is a glimpse into a day in the titular life of Charlie, an independent, free-spirited 20-something woman living in Atlanta. When Charlie’s sister Brandy dies due to complications of a genetic disease, Charlie takes her…

Published on: Thu, Jan 4, 2018

DBFF: Marital tit for tat spat in Potato Potahto

Potato Potahto pits a Nigerian couple in a split home, torn by divorce. In the crossover space of the kitchen, they end up sharing the same food unawares, after interventions by unsuspecting household help. He adds sugar, and she adds…

Published on: Fri, Dec 29, 2017

DBFF: Talking heads, dancing hands

Enjoy black speech on the silver screen and live at the Denton Black Film Festival A single word can pack a powerful punch. It can sweep you off your feet. It can transport you to a world miles away, years…

Published on: Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Past Black Film Festival Coverage

DBFF – A Cultural Awakening

With two film festivals on our near horizon, it is movie season in Denton. When Tim and I watch a movie, we see different things happening on the screen.  He notices detail within each scene, frame by frame.  I merely…

Published on: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

50 Shades of Black- Video Series

The Denton Black Film Festival presents 50 Shades of Black – a video series campaign. The concept is simple. 50 videos. 50 people. 1 goal : Tell the stories of everyday black people. In a media landscape where the stories of people…

Published on: Tue, Dec 8, 2015

DBFF: ‘Little White Lie’ aims to highlight cultural differences of one family

By Logan Holloway There are many issues in the world today that we seem never able to escape. World hunger: not great. The fact that it was almost 70 degrees on Christmas: never a good sign for the climate. Tony…

Published on: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

DBFF: Alma shows viewers guilt that emanates from domestic violence

By Jen Miller In the end, we would remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King Jr. What if… A question we have all asked ourselves at some point in our lives….

Published on: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

DBFF: Black Girl in Paris: A Not-So-Glamorous Reality

By Krystal Jimenez Denton’s Black Film Festival is amongst us and the town is buzzing with excitement, eager to binge on the culture-rich shows. I had the delight of watching “Black Girl in Paris” which is based on the book…

Published on: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

Denton Black Film Festival Brings ‘Rich, Colorful Experience’ To Town

Story by Denisha McKnight Photos by Will McQueen A rush of people fill the basement of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows lodge, scrambling about looking for friends and places to sit. The basement is packed wall-to-wall with people ranging…

Published on: Mon, Dec 21, 2015

Denton Black Film Festival hosts Women in Entertainment Panel

A Panel of Empowerment and Inspiration When you surround yourself with people that inspire you and encourage you to do great things you have a higher chance of chasing and achieving your dreams. The environment of Denton Black Film Festival’s…

Published on: Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Denton Black Film Festival’s Spoken Word

Vibrant verbs at Spoken Word Open Mic No microphone was necessary for most at the Open Mic on Saturday night. In the already intimate space of the Point Bank Black Box Theatre, draped with floor-length curtains, the small audience was…

Published on: Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Denton, Diversity and MLK

The most popular documentary screened in last year’s Thin Line Festival was Denton’s own David Barrow’s “When We Were All Broncos.” The film tells the story of racial desegregation through the microcosm of Denton High School between 1968 and 1973,…

Published on: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

Filmmakers Looking Forward to Denton Film Festivals

Filmmakers and audiences from around the world learned something new about Texas at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles (September 10 – 20th).  Texas is home to the Dallas Cowboys, barbecue and oil fields but it is also home…

Published on: Wed, Sep 30, 2015