The Black Warrior Film Festival is an annual event at The University of Alabama produced for students, by students. Established in 2013, our competitive showcase of student films highlights emerging talent from not only universities across the South, but across the nation and internationally through community-wide screenings, events, workshops and featured guests. The festival seeks to celebrate the work of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as provides an opportunity to enrich The University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa communities through the art of filmmaking. All festival events are free and open to the public.
The mission of the Black Warrior Film Festival is to provide a cultural experience for student filmmakers and community members alike. By showcasing student films and independent projects, the series of events is dedicated to cultivating the talents of student filmmakers, generating interest in their work, and creating a festival environment for all. Our aim is to build an experience where student filmmakers are not only recognized for their work, but also presented with opportunities to interact with industry professionals and network with other filmmakers.
After an inspiring trip to the Sundance Film Festival in 2013, a group of undergraduate students in the Telecommunication and Film Department at The University of Alabama felt empowered to bring the film festival experience back to Tuscaloosa. These students immediately recognized the opportunity to turn their idea into action and planned the first Black Warrior Film Festival just months later. Since then, the festival expanded beyond the realm of campus to include student films from universities across the nation and internationally, and it continues to grow as a student organization. We hope the festival experience represents the evolving, creative process of filmmaking year after year.