Welcome to the CBFF

The Mission of the Charlotte Black Film Festival is to create economic empowerment for, heighten awareness of, promote the significance and need for African American cinema as an art form, and to be a voice for independent filmmakers of color.

About Us

Our Mission is to create economic empowerment for, heighten awareness of, promote the significance and need for African American cinema as an art form, and to be a voice for independent filmmakers of color.

The Goals of the Charlotte Black Film Festival is to:

• Promote diversity through cultural expressions, dialogue and understanding.

• Promote and display works that express the African- American experience.

• Attract economic growth and development to the state of North Carolina and the city of Charlotte by bringing all aspects of the film and television industry into the city.

• Create opportunities to sharpen film production and marketing skills through workshops and panel discussions.

• Provide an opportunity to view the vast film industry resources available in the city of Charlotte.

• Provide an opportunity to network with industry professionals and film enthusiasts.

Summer Soul Film Series
Charlotte Black Film Festival Showcased 9 films
this summers during the Late Movie Friday’s.
Over 500-film lover attended the summer’s
series. The films producers and directors were
on hand to field questions and provide insight
to the movie making process.
The event was featured in the Arts section of
the Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte Black Actors, Filmmakers and Writers

This is our bi-monthly community meeting of Actors, Filmmakers and Writers. The goal of the meetup group is to network with other industry professionals, share film production opportunities, and sharpen skill level through educational workshops and guest speakers. Promote the production of Africa American Cinema as an art form. The meetings are held in the Charlotte Chamber building Belk Action Center.

Youth Film, Podcast & Technology Program
The Charlotte Black Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Program Introduces the art of acting, screenwriting, camera operation, and digital editing to students ages 9-17 by providing them with an encouraging and supportive arena
in which to explore their creativity, improve their communication and learn scientific research skills. CBFF accomplishes this mission by implementing several unique program elements including:
Life is a World of Actors | Film History and
Scientific Research Education | Storytelling
Through Screenwriting | ABC ’s of Filmmaking
| Using Technology in the Film process |
Creating your Art | Student Filmmaking Expo
Each student will write, produce and direct a
short movie on a particular topic. Each movie
will be shown during the student filmmaker’s
expo at the CBFF.

Testimonies

2. Producer/Director Mark Harris Chicago, ILL
Tommy I had an amazing time at CBFF. I have been to a lot of festivals and yours is by far is one of the best I’ve been to. It services the people that need it the most. Plus, in terms of attendance it’s probably the best and I have been to Pan African and HBFF and the people do not support independent films like they do at CBFF if they don’t have stars in it. What you’re doing for the city of Charlotte is outstanding.

Jay White Durham, NC
Just wanted to thank you for the advice that you gave me and the experience I got from the Charlotte Black Film festival. I pitched the Comedy Movie The Jitney Station about the Unlicensed Taxi Service in the Black Community. Again Thanks a lot. I learned a lot and met some great people.

Karen Baker, Newark, NJ –
“Tommy and the staff at CBFF was great. The workshop s were educational and informative! A wonderful environment to network. The films were also great! Can’t wait till next year! Keep up the good work

Meet Our Team

Tommy Nichols
Tommy NicholsPresident/Founder
Mekisha Mills
Mekisha MillsFestival Event Manager
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Donna Rentz
Donna RentzMarketing & Public Relations
Duvale Murchison
Duvale MurchisonTechnical/AV Director
Belinda Hall
Belinda HallExecutive Assitant to Mr. Nichols
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Gregory Heard
Gregory HeardVolunteer/Casting Director
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Amy Nicole
Amy NicoleRed Carpet Coordinator
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Angela Taylor
Angela TaylorSocial Media Director
Randy Williams
Randy WilliamsMedia Production