The Diamond State Black Film Festival (DSBFF), a new and exciting venture from the Gamma Theta Lambda Education Foundation, plans to showcase 24 selected works created by or featuring People of Color from Sept. 15-17 at Penn Cinema Riverfront and the Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington. 

Filmmakers from around the country will touch on relevant topics including love, racial inequities, mental health, and more. Attendees will have a chance to mingle with the people behind these featured films and attend workshops on industry trends and topics to inspire the next generation of filmmakers. 

So, if you like movies, if you are a film maker, or want to know what it takes to become one, this event is a can’t miss! Check out what’s to come for this three-day event.  

Thursday, September 15th  

Opening night will begin at 6 p.m. featuring three films by Delaware artists including the Emmy Award-winning film by Delaware State University students. A reception will follow. 

LOCATION: Penn Cinema Riverfront 


Friday, September 16th  

A full slate of films are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. The day will also include a series of seminars on industry-related topics, including the business of filmmaking, small business finances and lending, and screenwriting and pitching your project. 

LOCATION: Penn Cinema Riverfront 


Saturday, September 17th  

Beginning at 11 a.m., several hours of selected works will be shown on multiple screens. 

LOCATION: Penn Cinema Riverfront 

Following that, an awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a closing party.  

*All Access passes are required to attend this event. 

LOCATION: Delaware Contemporary 


Find more information about the featured films and schedule at For tickets check the Penn Cinema Riverfront box office or online at   

  • An all-Access Pass ($100) gives you entry to ALL festival events at Penn Cinema and Delaware Contemporary. 
  • A Day Pass ($25) allows you to view the day’s films. 



DSBFF is presented by the Gamma Theta Lambda Education Foundation, Inc. (GTLEdF). The foundation aims to promote and create educational opportunities and experiences that empower diverse and equitable communities. GTLEdF has provided more than $125,000 in scholarships to students from New Castle County along with offering culturally relevant arts programming.