Since its inception in 1974, the Newark Black Film Festival (NBFF) 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, for youth and adults.
The festival also features the Paul Robeson awards, a biennial competition which will be held in 2018.
The Festival is free of charge to the public and receives funding in the form of special grants from foundations and corporations. The 2017 Festival season is made possible by a grant from Bank of America. It is administered by the Newark Museum and planned by the NBFF 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 1974-2016
Newark Black Film Festival Selection Committee
Richard Wesley NBFF Chairperson
Dale E. Colston, Esq.
Mary Sue Sweeney Price
Ralph R. Waller
Gloria Hopkins Buck, LCSW, NBFF Chairperson & Founding Member
Richard Wesley, Scriptwriter/Filmmaker