The San Diego Black Film Festival

The San Diego Black Film Festival, originally known as the Noir Film Festival, was established.

The event is a yearly fundraiser for the Black Historical Society of San Diego, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

The Black Historical Society of San Diego is the largest black historical society in the country.


  • Films/videos entered into competition must be directed, produced, or principally acted by an artist of African descent in the USA or in any country, or by a person born in any country in Africa, or whose subject matter relates to African American culture or any cultures of Africa (including Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, etc.) regardless of race.

  • Entries must not have been completed prior to January.

  • Feature length entries and shorts must not have been exhibited previously at a film festival in San Diego, or any other commercial or nonprofit venue, (library, cultural center, university, etc.) in San Diego County.

  • Nor can your film be commercially available for rent or purchase on prerecorded video/CD for American audiences.

  • Each project entered into the festival must pay an entry fee.

  • There is no limit to the number of qualifying entries by any entrant so long as an entry form and fee accompanies each entry.

  • Foreign language entries must be subtitled with English sub-titles.

  • Films/videos cannot be re-entered into competition if previously rejected by the San Diego Black Film Festival.

  • Entrants shall obtain all licenses, royalties, and permits necessary to present their work.

  • Entries previously exhibited on the Internet are eligible for entry so long as they meet the above requirements.

    The Festival accepts films/videos in the following 7 genres: dramatic feature, dramatic short, comedy, documentary feature, documentary short, animation, and music video.

    Deadline: 31st August

    For more information and application, visit: The San Diego Black Film Festival Website

  • Scholarship 2018/19

    Undergraduate Scholarships,
    Masters Scholarships,
    PhD Scholarships,
    International Scholarships.