Nashville, TN  (TN Tribune)- After careful consideration, the International Black Film Festival (IBFF) has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 film festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival will now take place virtually, streaming fully from our website at on December 2-5, 2021.

At present, Nashville is in the midst of an active Delta variant surge, and the number of daily infections & hospitalizations continues to trend upward. Unfortunately, this cautions against our gathering together for an in-person festival; nevertheless, we remain committed to delivering a film festival that is both entertaining and resourceful, distinctive in the range of themes represented in our films. This has been a challenging time for us all. But we remain optimistic that our efforts to keep healthy and excited about the coming days will lead to a memorable festival.

A playlist of exceptional films live and pre-recorded panels, and intimate conversations will be available each day of the festival, easily accessed by going to our website at and clicking on “Watch Now”. Our website also will provide pre-festival information–filmmaker news, trailers, film posters, screening times, etc.

This year’s line-up includes selections from 34 filmmakers whose films explore varied aspects of the black experience both here and internationally:

Narrative  Shorts
  • “Motions”, Nathan Starr
  • “The Black Disquisition”, Quincy G. Ledbetter
  • “Leaving Isiolo”, Irungo Moto
  • “It’s Snowing in the Summer”, Gladimir Geselin
  • “Message Read”, Spencer Glover
  • “Black Credit”, Allen Winters
  • “Cracked”, Lin Que Among
  • “Life”, Mirlande Amazan
  • “House on Carter Road”, Shawn Gerrard
  • “1 Chance”, Joseph Austin II
  • “Mickey Hardaway”, Marcellus Cox
  • “One-Way Mirror”, Mackenzie Giguere, Vaune Suitt
  • “Tokyo in NYC”, Gabrielle Barlatier
  • “The Little Death”, Justin Harrison
  • “Maxine”, Penny T. Hollis
  • “OK, I’m Leaving”, Robin K. Johnson
  • “Dreams of Emmett Till”, Bobby Field
  • “Waves”, Agazi Desta
Narrative Features
  • “Life Ain’t Like the Movies”, Robert Butler
  • “TRY”, Megan Ebor
Short Documentaries
  • “We Deserve Better”, Keya Rice, Mariam Khan
  • “Not Just a Name”, De’Onna “Tree” Young-Stephens
  • “The End of Slavery: The Fight for Amendment C”, Loki Mulholland
  • “Out of the Dark: Raven”, Sarah Klein, Tom Mason
  • “Ten Feet Wide: The Story of a Skinny House”, Cameron Munson
  • “1 Out of 8”, Jacqueline Kennedy
  • “Hope in the Valley”, Carly Sullivan
  • “By Your Side”, Debbie Africa, Mike Africa Sr.
  • “Legacy”, Brandon Haynes, Parker Foster
Long Documentaries
  • “Since I Been Down”, Gilda Sheppard
  • “Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story”, Preston Chase
  • “100 Years from Mississippi”, Tarabu Betserai Kirkland
  • “Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance”, Khadifa Wong
  • “Coming Up Short”, Queen Muhammad Ali
While we are saddened that an in-person event is not feasible, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public while also providing a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their films.
Hazel Joyner Smith, Founder of IBFF said, “We pray that we will see an end to this pandemic soon as even our immediate team has been affected.  We look forward to a full schedule of year round programming including the in-person festival returning at our usual timeframe September 29th to October 1st, 2022.”
IBFF will share more event details in the coming weeks. Please direct all inquiries about the festival to our Media Representative: Tana McDonald at,  615-509-3072.