FAQ

When and where will the Capital City Black Film Festival take place?

The Capital City Black Film Festival is set for August 30 – September 2, 2018 at the Austin Convention Center, located downtown at 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701.

What is the Capital City Black Film Festival?

CCBFF is a Texas film festival based in Austin, the Capital of Texas. The festival’s goal is to bring together talented African Americans involved in media and the film industry. The festival’s main goal is to provide burgeoning Black filmmakers from across the nation an opportunity to showcase their work in Austin – one of the top cities in the United States for independent filmmakers. CCBFF also educates filmmakers on the vast resources available to them in Austin.

What hotels do you recommend?

Currently we are not recommending hotels but are in the process of affiliating with several. Please refer to the Austin Convention Center address at 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701 and determine your desired proximity to the venue.

Will the panel discussions and the film screenings run simultaneously?

While CCBFF aims to educate, its main focus will be to screen films made by Black filmmakers. Panel discussions will be held when no films are being screened. This will allow attendees the opportunity to take full advantage of all CCBFF is offering. Filmmakers will be on site to discuss their films and their craft. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS EFFORT MAY CHANGE.

What will be going on at the festival?

The festival will provide panel discussions, screenings, parties and the chance to meet and greet other filmmakers and industry professionals.

What is the schedule for the festival?

The tentative festival schedule is Thursday’s opening night, Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. including film screenings, panel discussions, breaks, social events, Saturday evening will be the awards ceremony with a party afterwards. Sunday’s Farewell Brunch will be for filmmakers and industry professional only.

What type of films will be screened at the festival?

The festival will screen feature films, documentary/feature films, short films, documentary/short films and music videos. The film ratings will range from G through the maximum of R. No X or Adult Rated content will be screened.

What is the difference between competitive vs invitational screenings?

Competitive screenings are those submitted films which have been judged for a festival award.

Invitational screenings may be submitted films that do not meet the stated criteria and deemed worthy of screening but are not included in the festival competition for awards. Or they may be non-submitted films the festival selected for screening and are not included in the festival competition for awards.


What is the difference between a Festival Badge, a Festival Pass and a Session Pass?

Festival Badges are provided to each filmmaker whose film is selected for screening and will give the bearer of the badge access to all festival events.

A Festival Pass is available for purchase by attendees and will give you access to all festival events.

A Session Pass is available for purchase by attendees for access to specific events, screening sessions or panel discussions. The sessions schedule will be outlined and available by July 15th.

How will I receive my Festival Pass or Badge?

All online purchases will be available for pick up at registration located at the Austin Convention Center.

What can I do to get involved with the festival?

There are volunteer opportunities during the planning stages as well as during the actual festival. If you are interested in volunteering, please submit a volunteer application.

How can I attend only parts of the festival?

Session Passes will be available for purchase on July 15th. Please see the registration page for information regarding festival events and cost.

When will the passes, badges and tickets go on sale?

The Festival Passes are on sale now and Session Passes will be available by July 1st. All Passes are discounted during the Early Bird purchase periods listed on the website. The Passes will be sold at regular price at the end of the stated periods as well as on-site at the start of the Festival. All online registration packets will be available for pickup starting at the Thursday’s Opening Night and continuing throughout the festival; as well, the registration table with packets will be located at each event.

What are the opportunities for networking?

Attending the festival will give you access to actors, filmmakers, producers and others involved in the film industry. The object of the festival is to strengthen the black film community in terms of creating opportunities to make a living in the business of making films and to create a positive impact within the black community.

What is the Festival’s refund policy?

Passes ordered prior to the festival are eligible for refund if request is submitted by July 8, 2018. There will be a processing fee accessed towards all refunds. After July 8, 2018, all payments are non-refundable. Send refund requests via email.

Will the Festival provide transportation?

The Festival is planned so that hotels, the screening locations, events, restaurants and bars are all in close proximity to each other.

The City of Austin’s non-profit bike share program, Austin B-Cycle, has generously provided CCBFF with Discount Code 10009 that can be used at any Austin B-cycle station for 25% off the 24 hour Access Day Pass. With two stations at the Austin Convention center and 54 stations around the Austin core, it’s the best way to get around!

Additionally, Austin has several ride share options and dockless scooter services that allow you to ride and drop off the bike or scooter at any location downtown.

What is the parking situation?

The Convention Center will have parking for those attending events and charge their normal rates. Parking at other locations in and around the downtown area will be the driver’s choice. There are many parking slots along the streets, but most of them have parking meters with a 3 hour max. Garage and lot parking ranges from $5 to $15 for longer periods of time.

What type of clothing should I wear?

The Festival will be a casual affair. It is going ti be hot in Texas in August. We recommend light colors and cooler fabrics. Snappy Casual is the attire for the parties and awards ceremonies.