Baltimore International Black Film Festival  – Poster Contest  

Dear Visual Arts Departments

We invite you to encourage your students to participate in a poster contest for the 2nd Annual Baltimore International Black Film Festival (BIBFF).  This event runs annually, with screenings of features and short films and web series from around the world! The festival will showcase films directed, produced, and staring African American and members of the African Diaspora while also prominently featuring films with content of interest to the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (SGL-LGBT) community. Our mission is to couple the film festival with education, health and exhibition programs that enrich the life of Baltimore City and the greater Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia community.

Our motto is:

“Reel Unity!”

With a unique paring of films which showcase experience of African-American, the African Diaspora and members of the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (SGL-LGBT) community, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival (BIBFF) serves a dual purpose of providing a venue for independent films for, by and about African Americans, the African Diaspora and members the SGL-LGBT community locally, nationally and globally. The 2nd Annual BIBFF will be held at the historic Charles Theatre, the only theatre of its kind in Baltimore. In subsequent years, the Festival will creates a cultural focal point in the City of Baltimore that unites, empowers, educates and celebrates our region’s diverse community and robust artistic heritage.

As such, our 2015 campaign should reflect the BIBFF brand and the ideas our organization seeks to celebrate. While many film festival campaigns and designs focus on some of the tried and true symbols of Hollywood and the film industry— a quick Google Image search of film festival posters will reveal hundreds of 35mm film strips, film reels, Director’s chairs, theater marquees, bullhorns, etc.— BIBFF is far more interested in unique, cinematic designs that can be implemented across all of our marketing materials, from posters and banners, to our Film Guide, on to print and online advertising campaigns.

In addition, we are seeking creative designs that showcase our community in a unique way, both to our local patrons and sponsors, but also to the national and international filmmaking community. This means we are looking to discover sophisticated, diverse, community-focused designs that speak directly to the elements that make the BIBFF unique.

Designs that find ways to integrate these interests and ideas, with a flexible, repeatable design that uniquely showcases our organization and community will be of immense interest to BIBFF as we select a winning project.

How to submit:

Register with your teacher

Submit a digital file to or mail flat art to:

BIBFF Poster Contest

1826 Pennsylvania Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21217


Your entry must include your full name, email address and your teacher’s name.

Entries must be emailed or postmarked by August 01, 2015



Image size should not exceed 11″ x 17″.

Poster must include the words:  2nd Annual Baltimore International Black Film Festival – October 8-12, 2015 – Reel Unity!


One winner will be chosen from all entries.  Winner will receive six free tickets to the festival and will be recognized in the festival program and on the  and websites.

Final artwork is subject to change and is the sole property of BIBFF, SOGAA Inc., its successors and assigns.

You may reach us at 443-447-3642 or email question to: We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for considering this request.