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”.


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 23

6:30 pm: Opening Reception (Free to the Public) @ UNT on the Square 

Thursday, January 24 

5:30 pm: Film- Private VIP Opening Film (VIP and Festival Sponsors ONLY) @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton Vetted Well

6:30 pm: Film- Imitation of Life @ Alamo Draftouse – Denton #5 Big Show 

7:00 pm: Film- Imitation of Life @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #1

7:00 pm: Speaker- An Evening with Speech of Arrested Development (Free Event) @ UNT Student Union – Lyceum

Friday, January 25

11:00 am: Workshop- What A Producer Does @ UNT on the Square

1:00 pm: Panel- Mental Health – A Social Justice @ UNT on the Square

1:30 pm: Film- Bias @ Campus Theatre

2:00 pm: How To Independently Distribute Your Film @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center – East Craft Room 

3:30 pm: Film- College Student Short Films @ Campus Theatre

4:00 pm: Workshop- Bias Workshop (Invitation Only) @ Stoke

6:00 pm: Film- Masterjam and Shorts @ Campus Theatre

7:00 pm: Poetry- Poetry Get Down and Slam @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

8:00 pm: Comedy- Get Your Laugh On! @ Black Box Theatre

8:00 pm: Film- 16 Bars (Invitational Film Selection) @ Campus Theatre 

10:00 pm: Film- Blue Diamonds (Mature Content) @ Campus Theatre

Saturday, January 26

10:00 am: Film- Power To Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution @ Campus Theatre

10:00 am: Workshop- Creative Resource Expo – 2nd Annual @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

12:00 pm: Film- Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind @ Campus Theatre

12:30 pm: Culinary- Taste of DBFF (Free Event) @ Hickory Street Office

1:00 pm: Film- 1 Angry Black Man @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #8

1:30 pm: Panel- Human Trafficking – A Social Justice @ Black Box Theatre

1:30 pm: Film & Workshop- Black Cinema @ UNT on the Square

2:00 pm: Film- Bruce (Invitational Film Selection) @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #1

2:00 pm: Film- Training Wheels @ Campus Theatre

4:00 pm: Film- Frank Blue (R-Rated) @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #8

4:00 pm: Workshop- Young Filmmakers’ Focus Group @ UNT on the Square

4:15 pm: Film- Black Beach/White Beach – A Tale of Two Beaches (Invitational Film Selection) @ Campus Theatre

5:00 pm: Film- The Broken Rose (Invitational Film Selection) @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #1

5:00 pm: Panel- Women, Wine and Wisdom Panel @ Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

6:15 pm: Film- The Last Lesson @ Campus Theatre

7:30 pm: Film- Obamas @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #8

8:00 pm: Film- Mr. Soul (Invitational Film Selection) @ Alamo Drafthouse- Denton #1

8:30 pm: Comedy- Get Your Laugh On! @ Black Box Theatre

8:30 pm: Film- Alaska Is A Drag @ Campus Theatre

9:00 pm: Music- A Smooth Groove Jam with Fingerprints and Friends! @ Dan’s Silverleaf 

Sunday, January 27

9:00 am: Filmmaker’s Awards Brunch (Private by Invitation ONLY) @ Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center

12:00 pm: Film- Black, White & US @ Alamo Drafthouse- Denton #1

12:45 pm: Film- Circles @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #8

2:30 pm: Film- Natural Hair The Movie @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #1

3:30 pm: Film- The Mayor’s Race @ Alamo Drafthouse – Denton #8

6:00 pm: Music- An Evening with the Kirk Whalum Band w/ special guest The UNT One O’Clock Lab Band @ UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center

8:00 pm: Music- VIP Reception (VIP and Festival Sponsors ONLY) @ UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center



Life Stories: The Quilts of Barbara McCraw

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

December 6- February 15

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.

Gallery Hours:
Sunday – Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Wednesday: 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11 am- 5 pm

“My Genesis” by Taylor Barnes 

UNT on the Square

January 15 – February 15

The Denton Black Film Festival and UNT on the Square are pleased to announce an exhibition by fibers artist Taylor Barnes titled “My Genesis”. It is an exhibition of large-scale charcoal works on cloth, screen-prints, and assemblage.

Barnes work displays concepts of race, identity, and isolation. This show examines self-reflection and inevitable truths of being a black woman in America today. Genesis references a beginning. Barnes reflects on her life, sourcing from historical iconography and personal narrative to further interoperate these realities of her identity.

Pre- Festival Talk
Thursday January 17,  6:30 pm -8:30 pm

Denton Black Film Festival Opening Reception:
Wednesday January 23, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm Remarks at 7:00 pm.

After the festival:
Thursday January 31, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Renowned quilt maker, Barbara McCraw and fibers artist Taylor Barnes will have a dialogue about their respective exhibitions, fiber as a medium, and the cross-generational subject matter in their work.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday – Friday: 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 8 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 3 pm
Sunday: Closed



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.

Click here to download pdf version

#RideDCTA to DBFF19

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) will provide free rides for people attending the 2019 Denton Black Film Festival. From Wednesday, January 23, through Saturday, January 26, DCTA will host a free ride promotion in which festival-goers can ride the agency’s A-train and Denton and Lewisville Connect Bus system at no cost. The agency will not operate service on Sunday, January 27, 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 “DBFF19” 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 inDenton 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.

Due to positive train control (PTC) testing and implementation, DCTA has A-train service modifications on Fridays nights and Saturday mornings. Festival goers should keep this in mind when planning their trip. As a reminder, parking is free at all DCTA A-train stations.

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 – Denton Connect Routes 4 and 7
  • Campus Theatre – Denton Connect Route 7
  • UNT on the Square – Denton Connect Route 7
  • Black Box Theatre – Denton Connect Route 7
  • The Patterson-Appleton Arts Center – walk from the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) or take Denton Connect Route 7
  • TWU – Denton Connect Routes 5 and 6
  • Stoke Denton – A-train and Denton Connect Routes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8
  • Dan’s Silverleaf – A-train and Denton Connect Route 7
  • Hickory Street Office – Denton Connect Route 7

If you plan to ride the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Green Line to transfer to DCTA, you will need to purchase a DART local system 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 Buses using the code word “DBFF19”. 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.

Current Black Film Festival Blogs

DBFF: Shorts Tell Stories We Don’t Get Anywhere Else

Don’t judge a film by its length. The shorts at this year’s Denton Black Film Festival shine a light on unheralded heroes, silenced voices and topics otherwise unexplored on film or in television. Here is a rundown of four such…

Published on: Wed, Jan 23, 2019

DBFF: Short on Time, Long on Quality

A lot can happen in under 15 minutes. The shorts of Denton Black Film Festival prove that a film doesn’t need a long runtime to capture an audience or tell an engaging story. “Life,” “Don’t Drink the Water” and “I…

Published on: Tue, Jan 22, 2019

DBFF: “The Mayor’s Race” is a Timely Political Tale

“The Mayor’s Race” by Loraine Blumenthal, is a documentary centered on Marvin Rees and his goal to become the first African American mayor in the United Kingdom. Born a mixed-race child in the ghettos of Bristol, Marvin Rees experienced violence…

Published on: Fri, Jan 18, 2019

DBFF: The Broken Rose Offers a Window into the Dark World of Human Trafficking

Like many girls her age, seventeen-year-old Rose wants love. Haunted by a lifetime of abuse and neglect at the hands of both her birth parents and foster family, Rose is elated to meet Darnell after a party one evening. Darnell,…

Published on: Thu, Jan 17, 2019

DBFF: Late Night Shorts Worth Staying Up For

The Denton Black Film Festival’s late night shorts are a raucous laugh riot. But don’t take them for granted: while these shorts are often hilarious, their quality is seriously high. Here’s a rundown of this year’s late night shorts –…

Published on: Wed, Jan 16, 2019

DBFF: College Shorts Series Shows the Future of Film is Strong

The Denton Black Film Festival has established itself as a draw for veteran filmmakers, but it also provides a platform for up-and-comers. This year, three short films by college directors proves you don’t need a big budget or decades of…

Published on: Tue, Jan 15, 2019

DBFF: Bluegrass Band Reclaims Their Roots in Superb “Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind”

Bluegrass probably isn’t the first type of music you associate with prestige. When you think of Grammy-winning tunes, you probably think of catchy melodies and poppy beats, not banjos, kazoos, fiddles and beatboxing. But don’t get it twisted: The Carolina…

Published on: Mon, Jan 14, 2019

DBFF: 1 Angry Black Man Explores Identity Via Revered Voices

“You write in order to change the world. If you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” — James Baldwin Mike Anderson is a soon-to be college graduate attending the liberal…

Published on: Fri, Jan 11, 2019

DBFF: Alaska is A Drag: An Arctic Journey Toward Hope

In one of the most deliciously ironic ways possible, one thing we all have in common is a sense of not belonging. At some point in our lives, we may have felt out of place. I’m no different; and neither…

Published on: Sat, Jan 12, 2019

DBFF: Bruce is a Tale of Arrested Development, Rock Bottom, and Redemption

The titular anti-hero of “Bruce” has a problem. Actually, Bruce has a lot of problems — most of them stemming from his own self-destructive and narcissistic tendencies. It’s up to the viewer to sit with bated breath, wondering how the…

Published on: Thu, Jan 10, 2019

DBFF: “16 Bars” Highlights Intimate Inmate Stories Through Undiscovered Musical Talent

Behind white walls and barred doors stands a man who is no stranger to performing. Without a beat or a musical instrument to back him up, he raps through a quick verse as the audience gives him hopeful gazes. It…

Published on: Wed, Jan 9, 2019

DBFF: “Black, White & US” Shines a Light on Racism’s Familial Impact

“Black, White & Us” is as interesting as its director’s name. Made by Loki Mulholland (who directed An Uncomfortable Truth, the Best Documentary Feature winner at the 2018 Denton Black Film Festival), the film deftly explores racism through the lens…

Published on: Tue, Jan 8, 2019

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

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