Black International Film Festival


The Birmingham Black International Film Festival (BIF Festival) is a Film Festival with a difference, incorporating music, live arts and education while providing platforms for filmmakers and art creatives to exhibit their talents.

The festival, is a one week infusion of industry parties, showcases, networking events, educational seminars and screenings as well as the star studded “MViSAs” Movie Video and Screen Awards. This Festival is unique as it is the only event of its kind in the UK.

Since it started in 2006, the festival has grown into a well known established event in the city’s social calendar which continues to attract celebrities and individuals from across the UK and the world. 

The Birmingham Black International Film Festival makes use of centrally located venues around the city, for ease of access. Most venues are situated within walking distance of New street train station or a short cab ride away. Apart from being perfectly located for accessibility, there is a selection of hotel accommodation to suit everyone's taste, from 5 star to bed and breakfast. So why not stay at one of our partner hotels and receive up to 40% off accommodation.  Whilst you are here why not take advantage of the city's diverse culture from great restaurants to historical monuments. Birmingham is indeed a beautiful city so come visit us at our festival and enjoy our City.



Each year we make every effort to keep the festival as exciting and interesting as possible.  Apart from screening some of the best independent films we host a number of other events which include networking evenings, workshops, seminars and showcases. Last year we engaged with the Rudolph Walker foundation to extend his inter-school drama programme into Birmingham, which will start this year. We will be relaunching our Film and Entertainment Seminar (FES) which will include individuals from the Film, Music and Entertainment industry. There will be the usual core events such as the MViSA Awards and premiere evenings. Please see our events page for full listings.

Get involved

In October 2017, the BIF Festival will welcome guests to the beautiful city of Birmingham to celebrate the best of black, ethnic and International cinema.  Featuring independent releases and film from around the world. This year's Festival will be another special event as we celebrate 11 years of film screenings, so we are looking for a dynamic team of special volunteers to make the Festival a remarkable experience for all our guests. Get involved, meet new people, and discover the latest in worldwide cinema and entertainment!

Sign up here

Please fill out the form below to express your interest. 
We are always looking for specialist volunteers.  If you are involved in film, photography, marketing, stage production or theatre operations and would like to become more involved with the festival, please contact the volunteer coordinator or specify your area of talent in the volunteer signup form.  We also welcome students looking for work