Youth Film Screenings

Collaborating with local community organizations and schools, the Black Media Council (BMC) and CCBFF will showcase approximately 10 short films/videos (10 mins. or under) by or about Black youth throughout the state of Texas. Our theme for this year is “Black Youth Culture in the Post-Obama Era”. The focus of the films/videos are wide ranging and aren’t genre specific, but must highlight issues directly pertaining to Black youth culture or their experiences in today’s society. Student filmmakers will submit either previously developed or original materials. Following the screening of their films/videos will be a Q&A panel in order to provide more insights into their filmmaking process, aesthetics, and experiences.

The Mpowered Youth Film screenings will be held Saturday, August 19th at the Austin Convention Center.  Youth films selected to be screened will be notified by Saturday, August 5th. Filmmakers whose films are selected to be screened at the festival, will be given a FREE CCBFF festival badge, and will be need to be able to attend their film screening block (10:45am-12:45pm) and the CCBFF Awards Gala later that night (8-10pm).

Cash prizes will be awarded! 

1st Place Winner – $200.00

People’s Choice Winner – $100.00

Youth film submissions should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and shared by a hyperlink on the festival registration form.

Submission Deadline – August 7th, 2017 11:59 PM CST

Submission Fee: NONE


Youth Filmmaker Experience

Are you a middle or highschool aged youth? Are you interested in film? Do you want to participate in the events at Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF)? Well, here’s your chance! BMC will invite middle and high school-aged Black youth to participate in the Capital City Black Film Festival. Selected youth will receive a FREE CCBFF festival badge and will work alongside of Mpowered staff and volunteers. Youth will attend film screenings, create media content, interview notable members of the film industry at the festival, as well as learn to transform their personal media devices into tools that capture and share events and activities in real-time at CCBFF. Confirmed speakers include award-winning filmmakers Xavier Burgin and Monique Walton, film enthusiast & media-scholar Dr. Adam Williams, and several others. Topics covered will include:

  • Youth Filmmaking 101
  • Interview Strategies
  • Social Media Etiquette
  • Networking
  • And much more!

Date: Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Time: 8:00AM – 6:30pm (Red Carpet and Awards Follows Events 8pm-10pm)

Location: Austin Convention Center

Cost: FREE

***Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner as well as snacks throughout the day will be provided to the selected youth who participate***.

No previous filmmaking experience is needed.

Interested in participating? Fill out our registration form. Participants will be chosen on a first-come basis.

Registration Deadline:   August 7th, 2017 11:59 PM CST


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Sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin.