Film & Script Submissions Now Being Accepted for 13th Edition of the

Hollywood Black Film Festival; New FILM DIASPORA Sidebar Added


(April 1, 2013, Beverly Hills, CA) — The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) — recognized as one of the leading black film festivals in the world — is now accepting submissions for the 2013 festival, to be held October 2-6, 2013 in Hollywood, CA.  Regular feature, short, student and documentary film submissions, Project Stargazer submissions, and scripts for the Storyteller Competition will be accepted through June 16.  The late deadline is July 8.

For its FILM COMPETITION, HBFF welcomes narrative features, shorts, student and documentary films for the competitive program.  Animation films, music videos, and web series submitted are accepted for the non-competitive program only.  All films submitted must have been completed after September 1, 2012.

HBFF will introduce a new competitive sidebar this year, FILM DIASPORA, to showcase independent films and filmmakers from the African Diaspora.  Feature, short and documentary films submitted to compete in FILM DIASPORA must have been produced by filmmakers residing outside the U.S. — in Africa, the Caribbean, Central or Latin America.

HBFF has a history of screening films from throughout the Diaspora. In addition to opening the 2011 festival with “A Million Colours,” a South African film, HBFF has screened films from Nigeria, Ghana, Central African Republic, Burundi, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Niger, Haiti, Bahamas, Jamaica, Brazil, Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago.  Submissions for the FILM DIASPORA category must have been completed after September 1, 2011.

HBFF accepts film submissions from all filmmakers; however, to be eligible for the festival’s competitive program, one of the film’s creative principals, i.e. the writer, director or producer must be Black or of African heritage.  All other films will be considered for our invitational program.  Please notify the festival in your application if your submission does not meet the requirements for the competitive program and you wish to be considered for the invitational program.

Films that have screened at HBFF include director John Singleton’s box office blockbuster, “2 Fast 2 Furious,” the critically-acclaimed “The Hurricane” (starring Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington), director Kasi Lemmons’ “The Caveman’s Valentine” (starring Samuel L. Jackson), and director Reggie Rock Bythewood’s “Dancing in September.”

Submissions for the 2013 HBFF STORYTELLER COMPETITION are sought from black screenwriters who are serious about a career as a screenwriter. Submissions of screenplays of 70-120 pages, on any topic and genre, will be accepted.

PROJECT STARGAZER  is accepting science fiction or science fact story ideas that clearly feature NASA themed science  facts as plot elements. Submissions must include a logline, synopsis, treatment and an artistic statement describing your creative vision for the project. Main characters must also represent the diverse panorama of the 21st century.

All films, scripts and story ideas must be submitted through Withoutabox (WAB) at  Submission fees for all categories are detailed on WAB.  $15 discount available for student submissions. SUBMISSION FEE WAIVERS ARE NOT AVAILABLE. While we recognize the financial difficulties that many filmmakers face, submission fees are necessary to help defray the cost of operating the festival.


Festival Dates: October 2-6, 2013

Call for Entries: April 1 – July 1, 2013

Earlybird Deadline: May 5, 2013

Regular Deadline: June 16, 2013

Late Deadline: July 1, 2013

WAB Extended Deadline: July 8, 2013


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About the Hollywood Black Film Festival


Founded in 1998, the Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established Black filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels.  Known amongst the entertainment industry’s powerbrokers as, “The Black Sundance,” the festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California film-going audiences. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public.  For more information on the Hollywood Black Film Festival, <>, email: