Black film fest taking entries for 2017

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During the Denton Black Film Festival in January, filmmaker Lonnie Edwards and University of North Texas sociology professor Michael F. Thompson appear in a panel discussion. Festival organizers are now accepting submissions from filmmakers for next year’s event.

Local event set to expand for third year

Denton Black Film Festival will accept submissions from filmmakers for the first time since its inception in 2015.

Submission committee chairwoman Linda Eaddy said the festival’s leaders believe the 2017 festival is the moment to expand the event’s reach.

“We talked about expanding and calling for submissions for this year’s festival,” Eaddy said. “Each year, we get together after the festival to talk about what worked and what we can change. There was interest in getting submissions for 2016, but we thought we needed a little more time before we made that step.”

The Denton festival showcases films about the lives and experiences of black people, and it also showcases the work of black directors and producers. In its first two years, the festival presented a range of films. Some dealt with race, while others depicted typical stories of conflict, romance and transformation with diverse casts.

The festival opened its submissions period on May 1. The early bird deadline is July 1, and the extended deadline is Nov. 1.

“We’ll still invite filmmakers to show their films in the festival,” Eaddy said. “So far, we’ve been an invitational festival. Going forward, we hope we’ll be able to screen both submitted films and films we get by invitation.”

The 2017 festival will also include prizes for the winners of each category: narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, documentary short, college student short and youth short.

Eaddy said about 2,500 people attended this year’s event, up from 800 at the inaugural event. The festival is a fundraiser for the Denton African American Scholarship Foundation. Next year’s event will be Jan. 27-29 at the Campus Theatre.

To submit a film, visit the fest’s page on, at

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