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2019 DC Black Film Festival

  • Date: Aug 15 - Aug 17, 2019
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Join us August 15 - 17, 2019, at The Miracle Theatre and The Mayflower Hotel in Southeast and Northwest Washington, D.C. respectively, for the 2019 DC Black Film Festival (DCBFF)! The DCBFF is dedicated to exhibiting quality film, web series and television content by and about people of African descent. Visit for more information about the 2019 festival showcase, schedule of events, discounted hotel rates (through July 26th), tourism, and more.

2019 Festival Schedule - At A Glance

We can't wait for you to join us for this year's festival! It's sure to be an entertaining experience filled with conversation starting films, educational opportunities, and social events. Don't forget to check out the list of this year's films and their individual screening times. 

Opening Film

We’re kicking off the festival with the feature film Solace.

Following the death of her father, a 17-year-old girl is sent to live with her estranged family and finds comfort in a questionable friendship with a self-destructive neighbor, leading both on a startling path to self discovery. Starring Hope Olaide Wilson, Chelsea Tavares, Lynn Whitfield

Location: The Miracle Theatre

3rd Annual Making Black Lives Matter Through Film Panel

Making Black Lives Matter Through FilmJoin us for a crowd favorite on Thursday night for our opening night filmshowcase, featuring a variety of poignant films and panel discussion after, as we tackle how to make black lives matter through film! Block preceded with oral story from Firefighter Nick Baskerville.

Films: The Voicemail, Oklahoma is Black, Crispus, We Have The Numbers: A Short Documentary on Gun Violence in America, Murder in Mobile, Unarmed Man

Location: The Miracle Theatre

Friday, August 16th


The ConnectionThese films showcase connections to our history, Africa, and the disconnect that exists with the two as well.

Films: Familiar Faces/Unexpected Places, Dara, Sankofa, The History of White People in America, The Tree and the Pirogue

Location: The Miracle Theatre


Wait…What?These films showcase unconventional characters and storytelling.

Films: Dog Person, The Call, Moving On, Pearl Motel, Here, Dre, A Night At The Table

Location: The Miracle Theatre


Smiles & TearsFilms showcasing stories that will make you laugh or make you cry.

Films: Roasted, Corey, Heavenly, Me Time, Miracle Fruit, Doll, Angels In Our Hood, Slave Cry, We Want to Make It 

Location: The Miracle Theatre


Never Back DownWe'll screen films of activists who don’t know the word quit.

Films: Respect Our Black Dollars, While I Breathe, I Hope

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- State Room

Saturday, August 17th


One Child Left Behind: The Untold Atlanta Cheating ScandalDirected by Emmy Nominated Producer Jodi Gomes, this harrowing documentary brings the accused, whistleblowers, cheaters, and innocent together on film for the first time to tell the real story. The US Education debate takes a front seat in this investigative film that will leave many wondering how our education system could be so blind.

Film: One Child Left Behind

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- Chinese Ballroom


We’ve Been HereThis block starts off with an oral story from Comic Chelsea Shorte. Featuring a variety of LGBTQ+ themed films highlighting the humanity behind the community. Q&A with filmmakers and panel to follow focused on if and how we care about the marginalized within the African American community.

Films: Congo Cabaret, Sicko!, F.A.M., Light in Dark Places, Masks

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- Chinese Ballroom


Una Great MovieA beautiful diverse movie about a black American woman traveling to Mexico, slowly turns into a romantic comedy with an all-white cast. The absurd reality of chasing a dream. Panel to follow in collaboration with L.I.M.A (Latinos in Media & Arts Coalition)

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- Chinese Ballroom


PortraitsA glance into the minds and lives of beautiful people or characters.

Films: Opus, After I’m Gone, Let This Be Therapy, LIME, East of The River, Four Points

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Ballroom


Join us for the feature film EMMETT, a film about a twelve year-old black child prodigy, teams up with his eccentric SAT tutor to solve a crime and keep his family from splitting up. The film will be preceded by three family friendly shorts.

Note: This block is Buy One Get One Free. For every one parent or guardian that purchases a ticket, your child (age 17 and under) can attend for free.

Films: Wash Day, Wash Day, Emmett

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Ballroom


Owned: A Tale of Two AmericasThe United States’ postwar housing policy created the world’s largest middle class. It also set America on two divergent paths -- one of imagined wealth, propped up by speculation and endless booms-and-busts, and the other in systematically defunded, segregated communities, where “the American dream” feels hopelessly out of reach.

Some ten years after the last housing collapse and well into a perceived upswing, the election of Donald Trump and urban uprisings in places like Baltimore suggest that there's a far more fundamental problem with housing policy in America. And we haven't even begun to 'recover.' 'Owned' is a fever dream vision into the dark history behind the US housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings to its unbridled commoditization, the doc exposes a foundational story few Americans understand as their own.

Film: Owned: A Tale of Two Americas

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Ballroom


Black LoveA showcase of stories of lessons in dating, marriage, or love in a black family.

Films: Flight, The Bee, The Right Swipe, Lion, Lights On, Together, One Last Goodbye, Funny Married Stuff

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Ballroom


AwardsFind out who is taking home a trophy for the 2019 DC Black Film Festival. Free to attend.

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Balroom


For The Love of MusicWhat would you do for love…or the love of music? These films may have the answers.

Films: The Beat & Path Presents: Electrosoul, Wheels

Location: The Mayflower Hotel- District Ballroom

location for2019 DC Black Film Festival Map
  • The Mayflower Hotel
  • 1127 Connecticut Ave NW
  • Washington, DC 20036