Since its inception in 1974, the Newark Museum Black Film Festival (NMBFF)--formerly the NBFF (Newark Black Film Festival)--has become known among its peers as the longest running black film festival in the United States. Throughout the years, it has continued to provide a progressive public forum for hundreds of emerging writers, directors, producers, performers and film buffs who enjoy African American and African Diaspora cinema. Screening in the summer months, the films that are shown reflect the full diversity of the black experience in America, both past and present.
Each film selection encompasses a wide range of cinematic forms and formulas, from documentary to the avant-garde.
The festival also features the Paul Robeson awards, a biennial competition which will be held again in 2020. Applications will be available in Fall 2019.
The Festival is free of charge to the public and receives funding in the form of special grants from foundations and corporations. The 2018 Festival season is made possible by a grant from Bank of America. It is administered by the Newark Museum and planned by the NMBFF Selection Committee, which includes such notables as screenwriter and playwright Richard Wesley, who wrote the screenplays for "Let's Do It Again," "Uptown Saturday Night," "Native Son," "Deacons for Defense" and "Mandela & DeKlerk, " and Jeff Friday, CEO and Co-founder of Film Life's American Black Film Festival.
Festival Participants 1974-2018
Newark Black Film Festival Selection Committee
Dale E. Colston, Esq.
Brenda L. Jones
Clement Alexander Price, Ph.D.*
Ralph R. Waller
Celeste Bateman, C. Bateman & Associates
Gloria Hopkins Buck, LCSW, NBFF Chairperson & Founding Member
Frank R. Hooker, Filmmaker/Film Professor, Rutgers-Newark
Joyce Ann Judd, Educator & Visual Performing Arts
Haas Manning, Artist / Screenwriter
Pam Morgan, Founder, Executive Director/Women in Media
Wanda Pendelton, Educator, Marketing, UbConnections LLCJameel B. Saxton, AV Production
Russell L. Simmons, Sr., Creative Director
Richard Wesley, Scriptwriter/Filmmaker
Chriss Williams, J.D., MFA, Associate Professor of Fiml