Call for entries

XXXVIII. 2023 Black International Cinema Berlin

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre, Berlin, Germany
Deadline: 30 September 2023

XXXVIII. 2023 Black International Cinema Berlin

The Black International Cinema Berlin is a yearly interdisciplinary, intercultural, international film/video festival produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre / THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin / Footprints in the Sand? ExhibitionBerlin in association with Cultural Zephyr e.V. and screens cinema from Africa, the African Diaspora and films from varied intercultural backgrounds or perspectives.

Black International Cinema Berlin originated from the historical Black Cultural Festival, which was produced and directed by Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in 1986 for the first time in Europe, a 3-week event in Berlin, which presented the contributions of Black people to world culture through film, theater, dance, music, workshops and seminars, and was an homage to the legendary tap dancer, Carnell Lyons.

Since then, Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre produces and directs the Black International Cinema Berlin each year in Berlin and additionally, in other European and US-American cities.

The festival focuses on presenting works of an artistic, cultural or political nature coinciding with the general educational, social, artistic and economic interest of people from Africa, the African Diaspora and people with an interest in participating in intercultural communication and the resultant interfacing and sharing of educational, social, artistic and economic resources.
Furthermore, Black International Cinema Berlin is open to ALL filmmakers and contributes to better understanding and increasing cooperation between people from various cultural, ethnic, national and religious backgrounds, in order to reduce prejudice and support a peaceful and respectful living together in our multi-faceted societies.

Deadline: SEPTEMBER 30, 2023. Apply here.
“I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won’t if I don’t…”- Oscar Brown Jr.
“Mankind will either find a way or make one.” – C.P. Snow
“Whatever you do…, be cool!” – Joseph Louis Turner
“Yes, I can…!” – Sammy Davis Jr.
“Yes, We can…!” – Barack Hussein Obama
“Yes, we can and Yes, we better…!” – Barack Hussein Obama and Donald Muldrow Griffith

1. The presentation of films, seminars, exhibitions and performances by multi-national, -cultural, -racial and -ethnic groups of artists, filmmakers and intellectuals.
2. The dissemination of information regarding a variety of issues of concern to people of the African Diaspora and persons from various national and ethnic backgrounds with convergent perspectives and interests.
3. The encouragement of appreciation and respect for a multi-faceted society through direct and indirect contact, thereby supporting the heightened awareness necessary for living in a multi-racial, -ethnic World, Country, Town and Community.
4. To develop and promote the sharing of cultural, intellectual, economic and technological resources, which may be increasingly utilized to lessen the dependent state of many of the world’s people.
5. The annual publishing of the Black International Cinema Berlin, Germany & USA Anthology.


Entries invited from Africa, the African Diaspora and all Filmmakers addressing issues relating to Intercultural and Multi-Heritaged Societies. Also entries of Children’s and Art Films (i.e.: Dance, Theatre, Fine Arts, etc.)

Video-DVD (no Data-DVD, no Blue-Ray) and/or Online-Screener to download (Vimeo or YouTube Upload) for preview purposes. Commentary and dialogue must be in English or with English subtitles. An edition of the cinematic work selected for presentation in the XXXVIII. 2023 Black International Cinema Berlin will be retained for festival archives.

All submissions must be sent to the production coordinator, address below. When mailing, please designate the film package: For festival and cultural purposes.


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