Narrative Features (U.S & International)

A competitive section for feature-length films directed by and/or both written and produced by persons of African descent.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Films must have a 72-minute minimum runtime.
  • Films must have been directed and/or both written and produced by a person of African descent.
  • Entrants must be 18 yrs. or older.
  • Open to U.S. and international entries.
  • Films must be in the English language or contain English-language subtitles.
  • Films must have completed post-production on or after January 1, 2022.
  • 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 14, 2023, are not eligible for this category.

Award Eligibility

  • Jury Award - Best Narrative Feature
  • Jury Award - Best Director
  • Jury Award - Best Screenplay
  • If a filmmaker's first feature film, eligible for the John Singleton Award for Best First Feature Film

Deadline: February 28, 2023 at 11:59 pm PST