SDBFF is distribution-focused, and places much importance on screening accepted films for industry green-lighters who are in the position to offer distribution deals. With film professionals and distribution executives from major studios and distributors in attendance, the possibility for gaining exposure and to nab a deal is promising.
Accepted filmmakers receive an all-access pass to the festival, and participate in panel discussions, as well as other festivities including mixers and theme parties - such as the Shaft Superfly Blaxpoitation Party. Winning films are honored and receive their accolades at the Festival's awards party, where industry players are also in attendance. Therefore, win or lose, all SDBFF filmmakers can celebrate and leave the Festival with a sense of accomplishment.
MISSION AND OBJECTIVEThe mission of the San Diego Black Film Festival is to provide a vehicle for exposure of quality films from people of African descent or about people of African descent worldwide.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVALThe San Diego Black Film Festival (formally the Noir Film Festival) was established in 2003 because San Diego, the second largest city in California, did not yet have a viable black film festival. The event began after the Black Historical Society of San Diego, one of the largest black historical societies in the country, agreed to assist with test marketing the film festival as part of its very popular Black History Month San Diego program.
The Festival welcomes submissions of films or videos that were directed, produced, or principally performed by an artist of African descent, or person born in any country in Africa or whose subject matter relates to any cultures of African descent, regardless of race.