Submissions are now being accepted for the Black Bottom Film Festival (BBFF)

OCTOBER 27-29, 2023
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) is a performing arts center, named for Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, and Pittsburgh native, August Wilson. Our programming focuses on exhibiting and celebrating art and expression from Black culture across the African diaspora.
From age-old classics to contemporary work, the Black Bottom Film Festival (BBFF)illuminates and celebrates African American cinema and uniqueness of Black people on film. The festival screens short and feature films rooted in the recurring themes of spirituality, race, family conflict, honor, duty and the struggle of the working-class; themes ever-present in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle plays. In particular, the festival celebrates African American filmmaking pioneers and history makers. The BBFF fosters an examination of how Black filmmakers use art to inspire, challenge, confront, and influence American culture.
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center believes that creativity is boundless. We invite you to share your creativity on film with us.
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Awards & Prizes
Industry Luminary Award
Given to an individual or organization that has championed the rich history of the Black experience in film.
Juried Film Awards
Best of Show – Short Film
Best of Show – Feature Film
Rules & Terms
Film Submission Rules, Terms & Conditions
For the purposes of our festival, SHORT FILMS can have a maximum runtime of 25 minutes.  FEATURE FILMS are 50 minutes and over.
Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials. All films and projects submitted must be free from any legal disputes.