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The Black Continental Independent Movie Awards (BCIMA) AKA Black Cinema Awards is an event that celebrates and recognizes 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
May 01, 2020 Nomination announced
Jun 13, 2020 Award ceremony

Our selection process is conducted by a panel of film enthusiasts and movie fans.

Selection Criteria

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

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).

Nomination list (best film, best director, best screenplay etc.) will be published no more than a week after the judging process.

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


Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Saturday, June 13, 2020
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sponsorship inquiries should be sent via our contact form.

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