The Black Arts Alliance presents the 15th Annual North Carolina Black Film Festival September 15-18, 2016

“Service to Man” to screen as the Opening Selection for The North Carolina Black Film Festival in partnership with Wilmington Jewish Film Festival



The Black Arts Alliance, Inc. (BAA) presents the North Carolina Black Film Festival (NCBFF), September 15-18, 2016 in Wilmington, NC.  In its 15th year, the four day juried and invitational festival of independent motion pictures by African-American filmmakers will showcase features, shorts, animation, and documentary films at Cape Fear Community College Union Station, Jengo’s Playhouse and the Cameron Art Museum.  Prizes of $500 will be awarded in each category. Festival passes and advance tickets are available online at: All-Access Festival Passes are $50, Cinemixer tickets are $15, Fashion in Film tickets are $10 and tickets for each block of films are $8 per block.


In conjunction with the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, The North Carolina Black Film Festival will open at the Cinemixer with Service to Man, a narrative feature-film about the first year a white student is admitted to an all-black medical school in Nashville, TN.




“We are pleased to partner with the NC Black Film Festival on the film “Service to Man” based on a true story of a white working-class Jewish boy from Brooklyn accepted to a historically all black Southern medical school during the turbulent 60’s.” said the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival.” “We are happy to support our Wilmington sister festival and hope this is the beginning of future collaborations.”


Dance in Film will also be returning this year that will be featured as a part of the Opening Reception/Cinemixer. Another exciting aspect to this year’s film festival is the return of Fashion in Film, a runway show celebrating the fashion and music of Soul Train. Fashion in Film will take place on September 18th, 3pm at the Cameron Arts Museum. The Film Festival Award Ceremony will follow with awards and prizes presented for Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Feature, and Best Student Film. A Man Called John, a light-hearted dramedy about a Pastor’s unusual style of worship will be the closing film selection.


A schedule of events and highlights are listed below. A complete festival schedule and details can be found online at



2016 NCBFF Schedule of Events and Highlights:

Thursday September 15th – Union Station at Cape Fear Community College 411 N. Front Street Wilmington, NC 28401

CineMixer – Opening reception Thursday at 6p.m. Sponsored by Ken Weeden & Associates. The opening selection, Service to Man, will screen at 7pm in partnership with the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival. Admission is $15.


Friday September 16th:

Filmmaker’s Luncheon and Tours – we will have specially arranged tours of Wilmington film locations and Wilmington Camera with a catered lunch for visiting filmmakers and film students.


Student and Short Films – Jengo’s Playhouse 812 Princess Street, NC 28401 will begin at 6pm.


Saturday September 17thUnion Station at Cape Fear Community College 411 N. Front Street Wilmington, NC 28401

Filmmakers Brunch and Panel Discussion – We’ll dish up a dose of Southern hospitality while our filmmakers talk shop and learn more about distribution, Saturday morning at 10am Free for Filmmakers, $10 for general admission.


Workshop:  Capturing Controversy, Creating Change: Social Justice Filmmaking

Instructor: Jackie Olive, Multi-media producer and filmmaker


Saturday Screenings – we will have screenings featuring documentaries, short films, music videos, and feature films will screen all day beginning at 10am. Admission is $8 per block.


Sunday March 29th – Cameron Art Museum 3201 S. 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28412: Fashion in Film – a runway show celebrating the fashion and music of Soul Train at 3pm. Admission is $10 and includes the NCBFF Awards Ceremony and closing selection. NCBFF Awards Ceremony is at 4pm Awards and awards will be given in the following categories:  Documentary, Feature, and Short.

We will end the festival with our closing film, A Man Called John at 4:30pm.


The NCBFF is produced by the Black Arts Alliance, Inc., (non-profit and registered 501c3). Sponsors include the Landfall Foundation, Cape Fear Community College Nixon Minority Male Mentoring Program, Cucalorus Film Festival, Cameron Art Museum, Coast 97.3, Ken Weeden & Associates, Coast 97.3, Turner Solutions.


Contact: Charlon Turner, Festival Director – 910-620-3313 or



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