Submissions for the 6th Columbus Black International Film Festival open Nov. 1st 2021.


May 21 – 22, 2022

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.

Check Out What Filmmakers Say About CBIFF

“Excellent film festival for networking and just watching great films. Definitely worth submitting to.

Shelton Johnson


“Great Festival, a big thank you to the Director and the team for this event. It was such an honor being selected & winning the best international film award. I will definitely be submitting more work in the near future

Madu Dube


“Thank you for selecting my script for Best Short Screenplay! I really enjoyed the live table read and I'm so grateful for the opportunity! I only wish I could have been there in person to meet everyone.

Desiree Winns


Check Out What Filmmakers Say About CBIFF

“I absolutely enjoyed my time at the festival and I loved how they accommodated and adjusted at the last minute because of the pandemic. They were still able to create the same atmospheric energy as if we were all together

Simone Dill


“From start to finish this festival was phenomenal. I thoroughly enjoyed everything from the films to the Q&As. But most importantly, I was impressed by Cristyn Steward and her team and how smooth everything went and how professional this festival was.

Seku Browne


“The CBIFF was a first class event. Cristyn and her group stayed true to the festivals mission through this pandemic by giving black filmmakers a voice and platform for their creativity to be discovered. That’s important now more than ever. I was also humbled to be awarded “The Best Homegrown Award“. We will definitely be back with our next project.

David Bynum



Mark Your Calendar! CBIFF 2022: May 21 – 22, 2022