2024 Newark Black Film Festival

2024 NBFF

Celebrate 50 Years of Cinematic Brilliance at the 2024 Newark Black Film Festival

July 10-14, 2024
(Additional Screenings: June 19 & 26) 

Save the dates for an extraordinary cinematic experience at the 50th annual Newark Black Film Festival, America’s longest-standing celebration of Black cinema. Join us in honoring a half-century of remarkable storytelling and artistic innovation through the lens of groundbreaking filmmakers.

Since its inception in 1974, the Newark Black Film Festival has been a platform for young, independent Black filmmakers, featuring early works from legends like Spike Lee, Ayoka Chenzira, Warrington and Reginald Hudlin, Barry Jenkins, and Ava DuVernay.

In 2024, we continue this legacy with exclusive screenings of films from the last three years, live in-person panel discussions with filmmakers, and throwback screenings of classics.

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Film Submissions

Call for Trailblazers: Your Story Matters Here

Dare to be a part of history! Submit your short or feature-length films to be considered for the 50th Newark Black Film Festival. Join a prestigious lineage of storytellers in the following categories:

  • Long Narrative
  • Short Narrative
  • Long Documentary
  • Short Documentary
  • Experimental
  • Web Series
  • Next Generation (Social media content)

Find more information and submission details on our Film Freeway page.

  • Earlybird entry ($25)
    Deadline – Monday, January 22
  • Regular entry ($45)
    Deadline – Monday, February 19
  • Late entry ($65)
    Deadline – Friday, March 8

Rules & Terms

Original films released since January 2021 will be considered. Films must be directed by a person who identifies as Black or must tell a story of the Black experience. We prefer non-commercial or independent films over which the filmmaker has had control of the finished piece. Films produced for or shown on television or online are eligible if they meet the above criteria. The length of selected works may dictate screening durations.

Films produced in other languages or countries may be entered if they have an English-language soundtrack or subtitles and meet the above criteria. Entrants indemnify The Newark Museum of Art/Newark Black Film Festival against possible copyright infringement resulting from the screening or exhibition of works.

Newark Black Film Festival Awards Ceremony ‑ Sunday, July 17, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Paul Robeson Awards

Celebrating New Voices in Cinema

Honoring the legacy of legendary Paul Robeson, these awards spotlight up-and-coming Black filmmakers. Winners receive $500, with a grand prize of $1000 for the festival’s most notable film.

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Saturday, July 15, 2023 ‑ Screening "Juice" | Photo by Emmanuel Ogbonnaya

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Saturday, July 15, 2023 ‑ Screening "Juice" | Photo by Emmanuel Ogbonnaya

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Saturday, July 15, 2023 ‑ Screening "Juice" | Photo by Emmanuel Ogbonnaya

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Wednesday, July 12, 2023 ‑ Screening "Executive Order" | Photo by Emmanuel Ogbonnaya

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Wednesday, July 12, 2023 ‑ Opening Reception | Photo by Emmanuel Ogbonnaya

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Wednesday, July 12, 2023 ‑ Opening Reception | Photo by Emmanuel Ogbonnaya

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Wednesday, July 12, 2023 ‑ Screening "Executive Order" | Photo by Emmanuel Ogbonnaya

Newark Black Film Festival Opening Party ‑ Saturday, July 16, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Thursday, July 14, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival Opening Party | Etta Denk, Bank of America ‑ Saturday, July 16, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival Opening Party ‑ Saturday, July 16, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Thursday, July 14, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Thursday, July 14, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

DJ Wallah, Marcy DePina | Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Thursday, July 14, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Thursday, July 14, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival Opening Party ‑ Thursday, July 14, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival Opening Party ‑ Thursday, July 14, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Saturday, July 16, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Saturday, July 16, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Saturday, July 16, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Saturday, July 16, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival Awards Ceremony ‑ Sunday, July 17 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival ‑ Saturday, July 16, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival Awards Ceremony ‑ Sunday, July 17, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival Awards Ceremony ‑ Sunday, July 17, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival Awards Ceremony ‑ Sunday, July 17, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival After Party ‑ Sunday, July 17, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival After Party ‑ Sunday, July 17, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

Newark Black Film Festival After Party ‑ Sunday, July 17, 2022 | Photo by Chrystofer Davis

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