Oct 10 - 13 2019


Presented by San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF) at Buena Vista Theatre

The San Antonio Black International Film Festival (SABIFF) is pleased to present its inaugural Black film festival October 10-13, 2019. SABIFF is committed to diversity and inclusion that supports Black filmmakers and exposes audiences in San Antonio and beyond to multi-dimensional film-works and diverse narratives by, for and about Black people throughout the global Diaspora. Cinema is one of the most powerful tools to impact people and cultures. We therefore aim to expose, educate and enlighten audiences with a myriad of programs and films that give voice to communities that are often times marginalized, stereotyped, or negatively portrayed by mass media. SABIFF is empowered to build an audience base with a mission and goal to present diverse narratives, filmmakers and Black media professionals to audiences locally and beyond utilizing film screenings, panel discussions, training, networking and other social events. We welcome the city to join us for a groundbreaking and historic weekend celebrating storytelling, culture and the arts through film-making.


Admission Info

Tickets can be purchased on website at www.sabiff.com

Tickets can be purchased at www.universe.com

Free Events and Paid Events available at Eastside and Downtown Venues


  1. October 10  | 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm ($) – The Carver Community Cultural Center.  Opening Night & Red Carpet Reception sponsored by DreamVoice, welcoming filmmaker Charles Murray and the premiere of his film #TRUTH @CarverCommunityCulturalCenter
  2. October 11 | 9:00 am – 5:30 pm ($) The Institute of Texan Cultures – Overcoming ‘isms’, Bad Hair and Other Social Constructs Short Films and Interactive Host lead Talk Back Sessions in their Theater In The Round space; Social Cinema Shorts;  Empowering Panels/Forums and Workshops.  Afrofuturism films curated by Black World Cinema for Sci-fi fans. Museum exhibits: Black Quilting, Black Fashion and more @InstituteofTexanCultures
  3. October 11 | 12 noon – 3 pm [NC]  Carver Library.  Black Public Media celebrates 40 years presenting Black Film Showcases {Part I}  @CarverLibrary
  4. October 11 | 5 pm – 11 pm  [NC] Cherrity Bar Happy Hour & Mixer (entertainment & vendors) @CherrityBar
  5. October 12| 9:00 am – 6:30 pm  ($) Films in Competition Screenings at Buena Vista Theater UTSA downtown campus
  6. October 12| 10:00 am – 4:00 pm [NC] The Carver Library.  Black Public Media presents AfroPop {Part II} shorts, and a Digital Roots Workshop presented by Maxie and Schatar Collier media makers, authors, & founders of Super Livestreams TV, Black Reflections and the Documentary & Reality TV @CarverLibrary
  7. October 12– 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm [NC]  – La Villita Arneson River Theater. Cinema Under the Stars Closing Night films presented by AfroLandTV. A showcase of Pan African Films. Food Trucks and vendors will be on site. @ArnesonRiverTheater
  8. October 13- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ($) SABIFF 2019 Awards Brunch for the winners of films in Competition at La Villita Room in the Durango Building Conference Center at UTSA Downtown Campus. Co-sponsored by UTSA African American Studies Program –REGSS Dept. in the College of COEHD and Forward Progress Arts & Entertainment

Phone: 202-505-3144

Email: sabiffteam@gmail.com

Dates & Times

2019/10/10 - 2019/10/13

Additional time info:

SABIFF 2019 www.sabiff.com has information about all the events.There are a mixture of free and paid events, as well as venue changes over the course of 4 days. Some events have happenings at two locations on the same day.

on Friday the 11th – After the ITC events end. A free Happy Hour / Mixer will be at the Cherrity Bar 5 pm – 11 pm

(not to far from the Inst. of Texan Cultures, near the Alamo Dome) – 302 Montana St, San Antonio, TX 78203

on Saturday the 12th After the Buena Vista Theater Competition Screenings, the Closing Night Film will be at La Villita Arneson River Theater 6:30 – 10:30 pm. – 418 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Location Info

Buena Vista Theatre

UTSA Downtown, San Antonio, TX 78207