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The Black Continental Independent Movie Awards (BCIMA) AKA Black Cinema Awards is an online filmmakers film festival that recognizes and celebrates excellence in film by persons of African descent or films about the global Black experience.

Our Mission

To promotes Black Independent Filmmakers and support Black films.

Our Vision

To increase marketing and distribution opportunities for Black Independent Filmmakers or films related to Black issues.

Films completed two (2) years before submission starts date are eligible for consideration in our selection.

Non-English submissions must be available in their original language with English subtitles.

Film Categories: Feature (over 40 minutes), Short (40 minutes or less), Documentary


Jul 01, 2019 Submissions open
Mar 31, 2020 Submissions close
Oct 01, 2020 Nomination announced
Nov 1, 2020 Award ceremony

Our selection process is conducted by a panel of film enthusiasts; and selection notices are sent via FilmFreeway.

Selection Criteria

  • Films that promote Black Culture or addresses Black Issues
  • Films made by Black Independent Filmmakers

Our nomination list (best film, best director, best screenplay etc.) are recommended by the selection panel and published here on our website.

Our judging process is a peer to peer RATING system where filmmakers with SELECTED films serve as judges in their respective category (feature, short, or documentary).

Judges are setup with a BCIMA subuser account in FilmFreeway; and are assigned to films uploaded in FilmFreeway to watch and rate based on categories below.

Rating Categories:

1. Originality / Creativity
2. Direction
3. Writing
4. Cinematography
5. Lead Male(s) Performance(s)
6. Lead Female(s) Performance(s)
7. Supporting Male(s) Performance(s)
8. Supporting Female(s) Performance(s)
9. Editing
10. Sound / Music

Our award ceremony is a red carpet, stylish and energetic event honoring Black Independent Filmmakers and Black films.

BCIMA Winners

  • All winners will receive a Black Continental Independent Movie Awards trophy
  • In the event of multiple winners (such as writers or producers), BCIMA will provide a maximum of two (2) trophies; Additional trophies may be purchased


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