February – June 2024 Film Festivals

Updated May 29

Check out this list of film screenings and festivals you might consider patronizing.

Midwest Film Fest (Chicago): A year-round festival fest that celebrates and supports the Midwest filmmaking community. midwestfilm.com

Masc: trans men, Butch Dykes and Gender Nonconforming heroes in cinema

January 19- February 25 https://bampfa.org/program Masc spotlights a rich tapestry of stories of the courageous lives of trans men, butch lesbians, gender outlaws, and gender nonconforming rebels. 

Honolulu African American Film Festival: February 1-25 honolulumuseum.org

LA Black Film Fest: February 4 – 10 LaFilmFestivals.com

The Pan African Film & Arts Festival: February 6-19 paff.org

Santa Barbara International Film Fest: February 7 – 17 sbiff.org

Black History Film Festival: (DC) February 9-10 blackhistoryfilmfestival.com

Out On Film (ATL’s LGBTQ Film Fest) Present: Black Power Showcase Feb 11 outonfilm.org/upcomingevents/black-power-showcase

The Oklahoma Black Film Festival: (Oklahoma City) February 16-18 OKBFF (google.com)

“A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde” (Pittsburgh) February 18 https://carnegieart.org/event/ltany-for-survival-the-life-and-work-of-audre-lorde/ featuring legendary Black feminist filmmakers Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson followed by a keynote by Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

The Social Justice Now Film Festival: (Los Angeles) February 22-24 socialjusticenowfilmfestival.org

Black History Film Festival: (Atlanta) February 23-24 blackhistoryfilmfestival.com

 The Uncaged Film Festival: (DC) Feb 24 capitalpride.org

The Rainbow History Project: (DC) Screening of the documentary: Fierceness Served! February 25 rainbowhistory.org

Athena Film Fest: (New York City) February 29-March 3, athenafilmfestival.com

The Film Collective Short Film Fest: (Bensalem, PA) March 1-4 ifapfilmcollective.com

BIPOC Pop Animation Fest: (Austin) March 7-9 bipocpop.org

Chicago European Union Film Festival: March 8 -16 siskelfilmcenter.org/ceuff

SXSW 2024 Film & TV Festival: (Austin TX) March 8 -16 oneclick.bio/sxsw

San Diego Latino Film Festival: March 14-24 sdlatinofilm.com

Sisters in Cinema: (Chicago) March 15-17 givebutter.com/c/SistersGrandOpening

The Sisters in Cinema Media Arts Center is officially opening its doors on March 15-17, 2024! To celebrate, we’re launching our grand opening campaign: reserve tickets, bid in our auction, donate, and help spread the word! Sisters in Cinema was founded as a resource for and about African American women media makers. While some of the programming is primarily for Black women and girls, other programming is open to the larger community. There will be workshops and screenings which will be open to everyone. 

Philaye Films Fest: Atlanta March 16, 2024 Philayefilms.com

Chicago Humanities Present – Shirley: Preview Screening and Conversation (Chicago) March 18, 2024

It’s Chicago Humanities movie night at the historic Davis Theater with a special preview screening of the Netflix drama film Shirley, followed by a conversation with the film’s rising star Christina Jackson. chicagohumanities.org

Out on Film All Year Mini Fest: (Atlanta) March 19 -21 oof.org

Women’s International Film & Arts Festival: (New York) March 20-24 wifftv.org

African American Women in Cinema: (New York) March 21-23 aawic.org

OutFest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival: March 22-30 outfest.org

Montecito Student Film Festival: (Montecito, CA) March 23 montecitosff.com

Atlanta Docufest: March 23 -24 docufest.com

“KELLY” Film Screening & Mixer hosted by Derek Daniel and Brian Henry: (Los Angeles) March 24 linktr.ee/kellythefilm

Midwest Film Fest: (Chicago) March 25 A year-round festival fest that celebrates and supports the Midwest filmmaking community. midwestfilm.com

Flix N Chill w/the Caucus: The Inspection (Chicago) March 26 RSVP Flix N Chill

Sisters in Cinema: (Chicago) March 30 Sisters in Cinema was founded as a resource for and about African American women media makers. While some of the programming is primarily for Black women and girls, other programming is open to the larger community. There will be workshops and screenings which will be open to everyone. 

After over 2 1/2 years, Coquie Hughes’ concept pilot, “Black And Merry.” will screen. Free Admission. Limited Seating. sistersincinema.com

Central Michigan International Film Festival: (Mount Pleasant, MI) April 3 – April 7 cmfilmfest.com

48th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival: April 3 – April 13 clevelandfilm.org

7th Annual The Rhode Island Black Film Festival: (Providence, RI) April 4 – April 7 ribff.org

New Fest Presents (Brooklyn) LGBTQ+ Film and Media Various Dates newfest.org

The Chicago Southland International Film Festival (University Park, IL) April 4 – April 6 govst.edu/CSIFF

Onion City Experimental Film Fest: (Chicago) April 4 – April 14 Onioncityfilmfest.org

International Horror & SciFi Film Festival: (Pheonix) April 4 – April 14 horrorscifi.com

Phoenix Film Festival: April 4 – April 14 phoenixfilmfestival.com

Miami Film Fest: April 5 – April 14 Miamifilmfestival.com

Everett Film Fest (Everett, Washington) April 6: everettfilmfest.org

TAG! Queer Shorts Film Festival (Portland, OR) April 7: www.taqsf.org

Fusion Film Festival: (New York) April 10 – April 13: wp.nyu.edu/tischschoolofthearts-fusionfilmfestival/

AfterImage Film Festival @Charlestowne 18 Cinemas: (St. Charles, IL) April 11 – April 14 afterimagefilmfestival.com 

Women+Film Festival: (Denver) April 11 – April 14 denverfilm.org

Chicago Latino Film Festival: April 11 – April 22 chicagolatinofilmfestival.org

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Fest (Minneapolis) April 11 – April 25 mspfilm.org

Milwaukee Film Fest April 11 – April 25 mkefilm.org

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Fest (Minneapolis) April 11 – April 25 mspfilm.org

Milwaukee Film Fest April 11 – April 25 mkefilm.org

Jacksonville Film Fest: April 12 – April 24 Jacksonvillefilmfestival.com

2024 Blue Whiskey Independent Film Fest (Elk Grove Village, IL) April 14 – April 23 bwiff.org

Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania) April 18 – April 21 jimthorpeindiefilmfest.com

OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival is a d/b/a of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival April 18 – April 28 outshinefilm.com

Queens Underground Black and Brown Film Festivals: April 19 – April 20 queensundergroundfilmfestival.com

CineYouth Film Fest (Chicago): April 19 – April 21 chicagofilmfestival.com/cineyouth/

Hollywood Shortsfest (West Hollywood) April 19-April 21 eventbrite.com/e/hollywood-shortsfest-tickets

Join Sisters in Cinema Free screening of short films exploring race, family, history, memory, and first love by founder & CEO, Yvonne Welbon (Chicago) April 20 RSVP: https://givebutter.com/ShortFilms

Seattle Black Film Festival: April 25 – April 28 langstonseattle.org

Atlanta Film Festival: April 25 – May 5: atlantafilmfestival.com

San Francisco Film Festival: April 25 – May 5 sffilm.org

Cinema Femme Short Film Fest (Chicago): April 25 – May 2 cinemafemme.com/shortfilmfest/

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival: May 1 – May 11 vcmedia.org

Seattle International Film Festival: May 9-May 19 siff.net

Dayton Black Womens Film Festival: May 16 daytonbwff.org

Cinema Systers Film Festival: (Paducah) May 23-May 26 cinemasysters.com

Harlem International Film Festival: May 16-19 harlemfilmfestival.org

North Carolina Black Film Festival: (Wilmington) May 16-May 19 blackartsalliance.org

Comfrey Film Black Trans Short Film Competition Screening And Awards (Durham) May 29 www.eventbrite.com/e/we-are-worthy-we-are-real-we-are-here

New Media Film Festival: (Los Angeles) June 5-June 6 NewMediaFilmFestival.com

LightReel Film Fest (Wash DC) June 5-June 8 lightreelfilm.com LightReel Film Fest is presented by The Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF). In addition to the LightReel Film Festival, they also host the monthly film program, LightReel Film Series (LFS), in conjunction with the National Hip-Hop Museum.

Portland Horror Film Fest: (Portland, OR): June 5-June 9 portlandhorrorfilmfest.com

Tribeca Film Fest: (New York) June 5-June 16 tribecafilm.com

Southern Fried Film Fest: (Huntsville, AL) June 6-June 9 southernfriedfilmfestival.org

American Black Film Festival: (Miami Beach) June 12-June 16 abff.com

Charlotte Black Film Festival: June 13-June 16 charlotteblackfilmfestival.com

Films, Plays, Spoken Word, & More @ The Hamilton Arts Festival (Paterson NJ) June 13-June 22 ppadc.org

ADIFF CHICAGO 2024 – African Diaspora International Film Festival June 14-June 16 facets.org/programs/adiff-chicago-2024

Queer Women of Color Film Festival: (San Francisco) June 14-June 16 qwocmap.org

Connecticut LGBTQ Film Festival: (Hartford) June 14-June 22 outfilmct.org

Frameline International LGBTQ+Film Fest: June 14-June 24 frameline.org

The African Film Festival: (Dallas) June 20-June 23 theafricanfilmfestival.org

Dances with Films Fest: (Los Angeles) June 20-June 30 danceswithfilms.com

BGR! Film Fest: (Atlanta) June 21-June 23 blackgirlsrock.com/bgr-film-fest BGR! Film Fest is a component of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! The fest showcases independent films and media, centered around the power and creativity of Black women.

Sundance Institute x Chicago 2024 June 28-June 30 www.choosechicago.com/sundance-institute-x-chicago

Etheria Film Night: (Los Angeles) June 28-June 30 etheriafilmnight.com