Narrative Features Competition – U.S. & International

Narrative Features Competition – U.S.

A competitive section for feature-length films produced within the United States of America, which are which are directed by or written by and produced by persons of African descent. Films within this section, compete for the jury awards for: Best Narrative Feature (U.S.) and Best Director (U.S.). In addition, if a person of African descent directs a film accepted to this section and it is his/her first feature film, they will be eligible to compete for the John Singleton Award for Best First Feature Film (U.S.).

Eligibility Criteria Summary

  • Films produced within the United States of America.
  • Films must have a 72-minute minimum runtime.
  • Director or writer and producer must be a person of African descent.
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Competition is open to U.S. entries.
  • Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.
  • Films must have completed post-production on or after January 1, 2021.
  • Films that have been, or will be, broadcast or streamed on television or the internet, or released via any other public distribution platform (theatrical, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, etc.) in any country prior to June 15, 2022, are not eligible for this category.

Award Eligibility

  • Jury Award - Best Narrative Feature - U.S.
  • Jury Award - Best Director - U.S.
  • If a filmmaker’s first feature film, eligible for the John Singleton Award for Best First Feature Film

Early Deadline: January 15, 2022
Final Deadline: February 28, 2022

Narrative Features Competition – International

A competitive section for feature-length films produced outside of the United States of America, which are directed by or written by and produced by persons of African descent. Films within this section, compete for the jury award for Best International Narrative Feature.

Eligibility Criteria Summary

  • Films produced outside of the United States of America.
  • Films must have a 72-minute minimum runtime.
  • Director or writer and producer must be a person of African descent.
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Competition is open to U.S. entries.
  • Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.
  • Films must have completed post-production on or after January 1, 2021.
  • Films that have been, or will be, broadcast or streamed on television or the internet, or released via any other public distribution platform (theatrical, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD, etc.) in any country prior to June 15, 2022, are not eligible for this category.

Award Eligibility

  • Jury Award - Best International Narrative Feature

Early Deadline: January 15, 2022
Final Deadline: February 28, 2022