Submit to the HBFF 2013 Film Diaspora Competition

The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) launches a new sidebar, Film Diaspora, that will highlight independent films and filmmakers from the African Diaspora, the Caribbean, Central or Latin America.

Films submitted to compete in this category must have been produced by filmmakers residing outside the U.S. in Africa, the Caribbean, Central or Latin America.

Narrative feature films must be at least 60 minutes in length and completed after September 1, 2011.

Short films may be no longer than 30 minutes in length and completed after September 1, 2011.

Through a public exhibition and competition program, the Hollywood Black Film Festival screens feature, short, student and documentary films in order to enhance the careers of emerging and established black filmmakers.  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, media and public.

Since its inception, HBFF Has screened a total of 867 independent films including 156 features, 450 shorts, 141 documentaries, 92 student films, 14 animated films and 11 music videos, from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan, the Bahamas, Central African Republic, Ghana, Burundi, Nigeria, Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Niger, Russia, Brazil, Jordan, Jamaica, Spain, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore and the Philippines. It has held 452 world premieres, 30 U.S. premieres, 122 West Coast premieres and 65 Los Angeles premieres. Over 60,000 people have attended and enjoyed the diversity of Black Cinema through this festival.



Festival Dates: October 2-6, 2013

Call for Entries: April 1 – July 1, 2013

Earlybird Deadline: May 5, 2013                           Fee: $65/$60 with WAB discount

Regular Deadline: June 16, 2013                            Fee: $75/$70 with WAB discount

Late Deadline: July 1, 2013                                       Fee: $85/$80 with WAB discount

WAB Extended Deadline: July 8, 2013                      Fee: $85/$80 with WAB discount


Notification to Filmmakers: July 29, 2013

Festival Schedule: August 19, 2013


Film Delivery: September 11, 2013


$15 discount available for student submissions.


Film submissions must have been completed after September 1, 2011.


Please read the Filmmaker FAQ’s for complete details before submitting.


By submitting your film to HBFF, you acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree with all of the Rules, Regulations, Terms, and Conditions of the Film Diaspora Competition.



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