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

Phone – 469-573-0799
E-mail: dentonbff@gmail.com

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.

Wednesday, January 22nd

UNT ON THE SQUARE
12 pm: The Black Experience in Cinema – Part 1
6 pm: Opening Reception

Thursday, January 23rd

EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON DENTON CONVENTION CENTER
3:30 pm:
DBFF Interactive Tech Expo- Sneak Peak (Private VIP Event)

TWU’s MARGO JONES PERFORMANCE HALL
7 pm:
An Evening with Jazzmeia Horn & Special Guests

Friday, January 24th

EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON DENTON CONVENTION CENTER
10 am:
DBFF Interactive Expo

CAMPUS THEATER
12:30 pm: Latasha Harlins: A Rose That Grew from Concrete, Sankofa, The Tree and the Pirogue, Freedom’s Name is Mighty Sweet
2:35 pm: Solomon’s Dilemma, Only The Educated Are Free: The Journey of Michael A. Middleton
4:30 pm: Unrequited Dreams: An American Truth, The Call, Follow the Drinking Gourd
6:30 pm: After Selma
9:20 pm: Chickens, Going Down, Free Rider, Patient Zero, Harvest, The Devil and Tommy Simpson, One Last Spin, EDEN

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE THEATER 6
5 pm: Branch, COLOR BLIND, If I Walked Away, Lotus, Riverment, Justice Delayed, Transition, Walk-Ins Welcome
8 pm: Owen, Epigenetics, The Birth of Deceit

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE THEATER 8
5 pm: Redacted, The Second, While I Breathe, I Hope
7:50 pm: Life’s Opportunities, Seeking Women $$$, Jezebel

UNT ON THE SQUARE
2 pm: Enhance Your Film with 2D Animation Workshop

NCTC DENTON LECTURE HALL
3 pm: “Why We Laugh” Screening & Discussion

PATTERSON-APPLETON ARTS CENTER
7 pm: Comedy Competition Round 1

DAN’S SILVERLEAF
9 pm: Music Jam with Fingerprints and Friends

Saturday, January 25th

EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON DENTON CONVENTION CENTER
10 am: DBFF Interactive Expo

CAMPUS THEATER
10 am: Outgrown, ROARrrr: The Beast King’s Great Discovery, The Awakening, Rated B for Black, Agwe, Girl DADS, Kokokids of Paris
11:45 am: L’eau Est La Vie: From Standing Rock to the Swamp, Flint: The Poisoning of an American City
2:05 pm: What Marilyn Didn’t Know, Beneath the Scar
4:05 pm: Basketball Dreams, Family Ties, Shattered Dreams, I Love You…Forever, Dignity
8:45 pm: Lara and the Beat

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE THEATER 1
12:30 pm:
Illegal Rose, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
3:10 pm: ExClosure, LiME, Cooley High
6:35 pm: State of Independence, Normal: The Documentary, I AM TXHumanite’, the Beloved Community

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE THEATER 8
12:15 pm:
I’M SORRY, The Giverny Document, Adultin’, “The Circle” Episode 2 & 4Welfare Check, Friend Request
3:45 pm: Osirika – Black Champagne, MINO: A DIASPORIC MYTH, Where My Girls, The SixTripleEight
6:50 pm: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

UNT ON THE SQUARE
10 am: Art of Pitching a Film Workshop with Christina Raia
1:30 pm: Film Distribution Down Low Workshop

NCTC DENTON CLASSROOM A
10:30 am:
The Art of the Short Film
1:30 pm: Intro to Freelancing- 8 Essential Qualities + 50 Killer Marketing Techniques

NCTC DENTON CLASSROOM B
10 am:
Social Justice – Environmental Justice Panel
1 pm: Savages, Servants, and Specialty Acts
2:30 pm: Social Justice: Criminal Justice Panel

NCTC DENTON LECTURE HALL
4:30 pm:
Social Responsibility of Media Makers Panel

PATTERSON-APPLETON ARTS CENTER
10 am: Children’s Comedy Competition
7 pm: Comedy Competition Finale
9 pm: Poetry Get Down and Slam

Sunday, January 26th

EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON DENTON CONVENTION CENTER
9 am:
Filmmaker Celebration (Private By Invitation Only)

CAMPUS THEATER
2 pm: Amazing Grace (Aretha Franklin)

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE THEATER 1
12 pm:
 Jesse Lott: Art & Activism, Family Box, BLOOM, Momma Loves Me, One Last Goodbye, SOUND

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE THEATER 8
12 pm:
Digging for Weldon Irvine
2:55 pm: Destiny’s Road, Patrinell: The Total Experience

The Denton Black Film Festival Interactive Expo, or DBFF-IE for short, is a 2 ½ – day technology expo taking place January 23-25, 2020 at the luxurious Embassy Suites Hotel and Denton Civic Center in Denton, Texas. Join us at this creatives’ retreat that brings together technology providers, developers, brands, marketers, gaming designers, innovators, and evangelists looking to set the pace and trends in the quickening world of technology.

During DBFF-IE, there are three competitions that sponsors with less than ten employees (startups and influencers only) can participate for prizes, rewards, or accolades – poster competition, pitch competition, or people’s choice competition.

Find more information about how to get involved with the DBFF-IE here.

Staying in Denton for the weekend?

EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON DENTON CONVENTION CENTER

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. Every Embassy Suites includes 2-bed suites, complimentary drinks, and free made-to-order breakfast. Discounted rates for DBFF guests start at $139+. Click here for special rates.

Hotel phone number: +1-940-243-3799

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.

Click here to download pdf version

#RideDCTA to #DBFF
Skip traffic and parking hassles and ride the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) free to the 2020 Denton Black Film Festival. Event-goers can ride DCTA’s A-train and Denton and Lewisville Connect buses from Wednesday, January 22, through Saturday, January 25, at no cost with festival code word. DCTA will not operate service on Sunday, January 26, which is the last day of the festival.

DCTA Free Ride Promotion 411

To take advantage of DCTA’s free ride promotion for this year’s Denton Black Film Festival, event-goers must say the code word “DBFF20” to agency bus and rail operators when they board. The only services that qualify for DCTA’s free ride promotion are the A-train and Connect Bus system in Denton and Lewisville.

The promotion is not valid for other DCTA services including the University of North Texas (UNT) and North Central Texas College (NCTC) Campus Shuttles, Highland Village Connect Shuttle, Collin County Transit, Frisco Demand-Response, Denton Enterprise Airport and Lewisville Lakeway On-Demand services, Access and vanpool.

How to Get to the Festival Riding DCTA

Getting to the festival riding DCTA is convenient and easy. Check out the information below to see how you can get to the various festival venues:

  • Alamo Drafthouse – A-train and Denton Connect Routes 4 and 7
  • Campus Theatre – A-train and Denton Connect Route 7
  • University of North Texas (UNT) on the Square – A-train and Denton Connect Route 7
  • NCTC Denton Campus – A-train and Denton Connect Route 7
  • The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center – A-train and Denton Connect Route 7
  • Texas Woman’s University (TWU) – A-train and Denton Connect Routes 5 and 6
  • Dan’s Silverleaf – A-train and Denton Connect Route 7
  • Denton Convention Center – A-train and Denton Connect Route 7 and a short walk from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton

Denton County Resident

If you live in Denton County, ride DCTA’s A-train and transfer to Denton Connect Bus routes to get to the festival at no additional cost when you say the code word “DBFF20” to agency bus and rail operators. As a reminder, don’t forget to check the last A-train and Connect Bus times when planning your festival trip. Festival-goers can also use DCTA’s Transit Tracker system to find and track their ride via the mobile app, online, text or call the agency’s customer service team at 940.2443.0077.

Non-Denton County Resident

If you live outside of Denton County and are taking the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to transfer to DCTA, you will need to purchase a DART local day pass ($6) for that portion of your trip. When you transfer to DCTA, you can ride the rest of the way to the festival free using DCTA’s A-train and Denton Connect Bus routes when you say the code word “DBFF20” to DCTA bus and rail operators. When planning your trip, make sure to utilize DCTA’s Transit Tracker system and keep in mind the transfer times between DCTA and DART to ensure you make it back to your desired destination.

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