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About Us

Supporting student filmmakers since 2013.

Black Warrior Film Festival is a festival ran by students, for students. Each year we open our submissions to students across the world to submit their own short film, and choose the best to show at our festival in four different blocks. We also will have panels featuring professionals in the industry.


Our Mission

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.  

Our Vision

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.

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