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Black Bottom Film Festival: Film Submission

February 17, 2023 - August 18, 2023

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EMPOWERING ARTISTIC EXPRESSION THROUGH FILM

Submission Deadlines

February 17, 2023
Earlybird Deadline

May 19, 2023
Regular Deadline

August 18, 2023
Late Deadline


The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) has an incredible 20 year legacy as the only African American arts facility located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The organization focuses on exhibiting and celebrating art and expression from Black culture across the African diaspora.

From age-old classics to contemporary work, the Black Bottom Film Festival illuminates and celebrates African American cinema and uniqueness of Black people on film. The festival will showcase movies that converge on the recurring themes of spirituality, race, family conflict, honor, duty and the struggle of the working-class. These are themes ever-present in August Wilson’s The Pittsburgh Cycle plays. In particular, the festival will celebrate African American filmmaking pioneers of recent decades. The BBFF fosters an examination of how Black filmmakers use art to inspire, challenge, confront, and influence American culture.

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center believes that creativity is boundless. We invite you to share your creativity on film with us.