IBWFF Call for Film Submissions!

Click to go to web-site/more info: festival.ibwff.com 


Download the Press Release (PDF)

Regular Deadline
March 10, 2012

March 31, 2012

Adrienne Anderson
548 Market St #38322
San Francisco, CA 94104



Lead character prominently features a woman of African descent/African Diaspora in a non-stereotypical role.


Film may feature the experiences, viewpoints, lifestyles, socio-economic position or stories of Black women, but it is not required for eligibility.


Film was directed and/or produced by a Black woman/woman of the African diaspora (this includes women of the following groups/cultures: Adivasi, Aboriginal Australians, Dravidian, Pilipino Negrito / Ati, Seminole, Dalit, African Latino, Arawak, Carib, Garifuna, “Black Indian”, Black African groups/tribes, East Timorese, Solomon Islander/indigenous Pacific Islander, African/indigenous Caribbean, African Brazilian, indigenous Fijian, indigenous Maori, multi/bi-racial, et al.).

More About Requirements

Films should be timely or directly feature issues, specifically, activities, policies, politics, culture, societal or economic that influence the lives of Black women around the world or in a specific geographical area.

Digital shorts, animation and experimental films may present any issue, but filmmakers should be Black women or prominently feature a Black woman character or issue.


All films (digital, animation, etc.) must be transferred onto a DVD for screenings. The IBWFF no longer accepts VHS or BETA tapes!

Online Films for Online Viewing, Only
Online films can be uploaded to a password-protected site; however, if your online film is selected for online viewing, you must upload it to a public web server or your own web server and send a viewing link.

If you’d like your online film to be considered as a “premiere,” then it cannot be available publicly until it is uploaded for an IBWFFviewing link via such services as YouTube, Vimeo, Brightcove, etc.


Nominate the International Black Women’s Film Festival for the Black Web Award!

Deadline: July 1, 2011!

First, let me preface: I know this is short notice…but I just found out!

The Black Web Awards is a yearly award for sites focusing on sites about the
African Diaspora, especially in entertainment, health, careers, and blogs.
This year, I’m going to see if my site
–the International Black Women’s Film Festival–
can get nominated…and eventually, WIN! :)

Voting is FREE is the deadline is JULY 1st, 2011.

Please take only a moment to nominate my site in one or all of the following categories:

  • Best Black Movie Site – Indie
  • Best Site for Sistahs
  • Best Actress Site

Thank you and thanks to those who already voted! 😀


2010 IBWFF Call for Films!


2010 Call for Film Submissions

No Submission Fee If Postmarked by May 17, 2010

The festival accepts all categories, including, shorts, features, documentaries, experimental, music video,
digital media, online films and animation. All genres are accepted, except for explicit adult film/video.

Registration is available online or offline, but we are strongly encouraging online submissions.

You can find more information and get registration a application online at:
(*You can also register via Facebook Connect. Download areas require Registration.)

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Submission Requirements
Registration Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities: sponsorships [at] ibwff [dot] com

More Questions?
Please send an email to director [at] ibwff [dot] com

We’re mobile…again!

OK, even I was annoyed with how my site looked via mobile device, but that’s all fixed now thanks to dotMobi! No longer reliant on third-party mobile sites, you can now access the International Black Women’s Film Festival via your average mobile device, including that schnazzy iPhone you’ve been bragging about.  You’ll get the same great news without the HUGE download time. Your mobile browser will be automatically detected, so there’s no app or special domain to access. Check us out and tell your friends by sharing this post!  www.ibwff.com

Nominations for Tressie Awards Now Open!

  • To Vote for Your Favorite Nominee, Go to: The Tressie Souders Awards
  • About the Tressie Souders Award (PDF)

San Francisco, CA, January 31, 2009 –The Tressie Souders Awards honors and recognizes the achievements of Black women in film, television and media. Individuals in the film, television and media industries are nominated by peers and the general public.

Black women have excelled in the film, television and media industries, but rarely are their achievements noted. The Tressies recognizes those women who have used their craft to combat negative stereotyping of Black women.

Hollywood has its awards like the SAG, Golden Globes and Academy Awards, but Black women barely break the ranks to be nominated, or even to win. The Tressies gives these women the opportunity to show their craft, network, and be honored by their peers and fans!

Join us in nominating such luminaries as Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Sophie Okonedo, Thandie Newton, and many others!

Nominations end on March 31, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be picked by April 30, 2009.

The deadline for choosing a winner will coincide with the award host’s call for films deadline.

The Tressie Souders Awards are hosted by the International Black Women’s Film Festival.



Nominations – Best Movie (2007-2008)

Things We Lost in the Fire – Halle Berry
The Secret Life of Bees – Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, & Jennifer Hudson
Grindhouse – Rosario Dawson
Seven Pounds – Rosario Dawson
Vantage Point – Zoe Saldana
W – Thandie Newton
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – Naomie Harris
Cadillac Records – Beyonce Knowles
Perfect Stranger – Halle Berry
Hairspray – Queen Latifah
Meet the Browns – Angela Bassett
Run, Fat Boy, Run – Thandie Newton
Balls of Fury – Aisha Tyler
How She Move – Rutina Wesley
The Great Debaters – Jurnee Smollett

Nominations – Best Director for a Movie

Julie Dash – Daughters of the Dust
Maya Angelou – Down in the Delta
Ayoka Chenzira – Alma’s Rainbow
Gina Prince-Bythewood – Secret Life of Bees
Hanelle Culpepper – Within
Cheryl Dunye – Watermelon Woman
Sanaa Hamri – Something New
Leslie Harris – Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
Kasi Lemmons – Eve’s Bayou
Shelia Norman – Reunion

Nominations – Best Movie Actress

Angela Bassett
Alicia Keys
Queen Latifah
Halle Berry
Sophie Okonedo
Beyonce Knowles
Jennifer Hudson
Rosario Dawson
Taraji P. Henson
Joy Bryant
Kerri Washington
Meagan Goode
Jurnee Smollett
Thandie Newton

Nominations – Best Supporting Actress in a Movie

Sophie Okonedo – Martian Child
Meagan Good – The Unborn
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Meagan Goode – Saw V
Beyonce Knowles – Cadillac Records
Jennifer Hudson – Sex and the City
Angela Bassett – Notorious
Rosario Dawson – Seven Pounds
Jada Pinkett Smith – The Women
Jurnee Smollett – The Great Debaters

Nominations – Best Comedy (Movie)

Mad Money – Queen Latifah
Meet the Browns – Angela Bassett
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins – Mo’Nique
Madagascar 2 – Jada Pinkett Smith
Balls of Fury – Aisha Tyler
Run, Fat Boy, Run – Thandie Newton
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins – Joy Bryant
Talk to Me – Taraji P. Henson
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins – Mo’Nique

Nominations – Best Online Magazine

Clutch Magazine – http://clutchmagonline.com
Lady Caprice Magazine – http://ladycapricemagazine.ning.com
Africana Pop – http://www.popafricana.com/
Trace Magazine – http://www.trace212.com

Nominations – Best Actress in a Cable Series

Salli Richardson – Eureka (SciFi)
Sonja Sohn – The Wire (HBO)
CCH Pounder – The Shield (F/X)
Freema Agyeman – Doctor Who (BBC)
Lauren Velez – Dexter (HBO)
Rutina Wesley – True Blood (HBO)
Adina Porter – True Blood (HBO)

Nominations – Favorite Cable Reality Series Featuring a Black Woman

“Project Runway” – BRAVO
“America’s Next Top Model” – UPN
“I Love New York” – VH1
“I Want to Work for Diddy” – VH1
“The Way It Is” – BET

Nominations – Best Documentary on Public Television Featuring a Black Woman

“Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory”
“Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun”
“Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice”
“Shirley Chisholm: Unbought & Unbossed”

Nominations – Best Actress in a Comedy on Television
“Ugly Betty” (ABC) – Vanessa Williams
“New Adventures of Old Christine” (CBS) – Wanda Sykes
“The Game” (CW) – Tia Mowry
“Everybody Hates Chris” (CW) – Tichina Arnold
“The Office” (NBC) – Mindy Kaling
“The Office” (NBC) – Rashida Jones
“30 Rock” (NBC) – Sherri Shepard

Most Nominated
Most Nominated Overall

Angela Bassett
The Great Debaters

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1 Category

BBC America
Black Entertainment Television

Women Living in Color Publishers Network


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Not a Banner Exchange

As a member of the Women Living in Color Publishers Network, you are sharing your ad revenues and getting more relevant advertising dollars by linking up with similar sites. 
Here’s an example: If your audience is predominantly African American, then chances are that they aren’t looking for a tanning salon, so why should your ad network choose that for you?
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