The Detroit Black Film Festival will offer virtual screenings of dozens of films highlighting the Black experience

Sep 15, 2020 at 9:55 am
click to enlarge A still from 'Omi' by Vatora Godwin. - Screengrab via Vizzle Productions
Screengrab via Vizzle Productions
A still from 'Omi' by Vatora Godwin.

There's a new film festival in town and, needless to say, it's going virtual.

The inaugural Detroit Black Film Festival hosted by Trinity Films Entertainment Group and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will take place Sep. 18 and 19 (Friday and Saturday) and invites ticketholders to screen dozens of independent films featuring Black narratives throughout documentary films, drama, comedy, and animated shorts, as well as full-length feature films from Black storytellers and visual artists.

The festival has named actress and singer, Deborah Joy Winans, as its ambassador and has enlisted award-winning filmmakers and studio executives to lead film industry masterclasses as part of the festival's free programming.

In addition to the screenings, the festival will host a reception at Detroit's Garden Theater on Sep. 19, which requires all attendees to wear masks and practice social distancing. Occupancy will be limited.

Festival tickets are $30, which includes entry to the reception. Tickets can be purchased by visiting To register for masterclasses, click here.

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