Centering Black Girls

Online Film Festival

 October 8th to October 15th, 2020



Cinema has the power to touch us, to teach us. It also can be a tool to dismantle oppression and to promote necessary conversations on gender, race, class, and other urgent issues.


The Centering Black Girls Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world for seven days-celebration of the art of cinema that centers Black Girls across the Americas. It will feature a wide variety of short films from local, national, and international filmmakers in a celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to highlight and address the realities and challenges girls face while promoting the fulfillment of their human rights. 


Women and girls of African descent face intersecting forms of discrimination and exclusion, including based on race/ethnicity, sex, gender, nationality, migration status, and/or other social status. To highlight those challenging realities as well as to highlight the history of resistance and joy of Black girls, AfroResistance is hosting the Centering Black Girls Film Festival to center Black girls as powerful voices of radial transformation.  


  • Short films must be from 3 to 15 minutes long

  • Film file formats accepted: .mov and .mp4

  • Films must be produced by Black people living in the Americas (no age limit)

  • Be an original film

  • You can submit films with any topics that address issues impacting Black girls in the Americas 

  • Films that had been screened before are welcome to apply

  • You may enter up to three films. 

  • A selection committee formed by 3 filmmakers from the Americas (including girls) will select the films that will be screening in our first Centering Black Girls Film Festival

  • Entries in any language spoken in the Americas are acceptable. Work must be completed within the last three years. 


The films selected will receive a small grant (between $100-200) and will have their films translated into English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

​On the last day of the online film festival, AfroResistance will organize a panel discussion with some producers and actors of the films screening during the week to highlight the experiences and perspectives of Black girls in the Americas. 

For questions, email our Program Director, Ana Barreto at Submissions sent via email will not be considered. Use our form to send your short film and complete your application.


AfroResistance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization powered by a generous community of supporters. We are a Black Latina Women-led organization with the mission of educating and organizing for human rights, democracy and racial justice throughout the Americas.

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