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A little bit about us...



The primary objective of the  Columbus Black International Film Festival is to showcase Black filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally while, highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora.


This festival will also provide an advantage for filmmakers and the community to learn about the film industry through educational workshops and panel discussions, a safe space to showcase film and an opportunity to network with the filmmakers in the city.


Columbus is the heart of America and home to some of the most creative Black filmmakers in the country. This festival will showcase new and emerging talent as well as talent that has represented our city for years.


One of the major goals of CBIFF is to recognize filmmakers for being officially selected to screen at our festival.  Based on panel and audience votes, filmmakers who show exceptional talent and bring great stories to the screen will win awards.  Throughout the festival we will give attendees the opportunity to vote on the film they liked the most and award the filmmaker with the Buckeye Audience Choice Award. On the last day of the festival we will present awards for the following categories:


  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Homegrown Film
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Documentary Film
  • Best International Film
  • Best Feature Screenplay
  • Beat Short Screenplay
  • Best Animated Film
  • Buckeye Choice Award

Want to be a sponsor?


Columbus Black International Film Festival is a festival run by filmmakers and those who love film. If you love independent filmmaking and believe in the necessity of  Black representation in film, please contact us at ColumbusBiFF@gmail.com

Interested in volunteering?


Are you good with people? Can you produce, photograph our red carpet and after parties? We also need volunteers to support with filmmaker, attendees and festival organizers.  Your help and unique skills are more than welcome!


Send an email to ColumbusBiFF@gmail.com Tell us more about yourself, what are you passionate about, what are you good at, and how do you see yourself contributing to our international film festival.

Attending from

out of town?


We are happy to announce a partnership with Drury Inn & Suite for hotel accommodations for our filmmakers and traveling guest.


Mention CBIFF when making your reservation to receive the group rate.


Drury Inn & Suites
88 E Nationwide Blvd,

Columbus, OH 43215

Phone:(614) 221-7008





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    The Columbus Black International Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing the diaspora of Black filmmakers, Black actors, and compelling stories of people of African decent from around the world.