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Welcome to Studio 3531, the home of The Black Film Summit (TBFS) and the Latino International Film Expo (LIFE) and many other upcoming projects. Here you will be able to learn about each event, purchase tickets, and contact event organizers directly. We look forward to bringing you the best fests in the all the Midwest. 

The Black Film Summit 2024 

March 20-23

TBFS 2024 is finally here! Four incredible days of Pan African cinematic excellence. March 20-23, 2024 The Black Film Summit has got something for everyone!!


The Ancestors - TBFS 2024 Short Film


Hypnopompia -TBFS 2024 Short Film

The Black Film Summit

Coming Together For The Love Of Film & The Culture

What is TBFS?

The Black Film Summit is at its core a celebration of Pan African achievement in the cinematic arts. TBFS is not a film festival just for Black people, but an event for all people who want to come together out of love of film and the culture. 

Join The Celebration

Join us March 20-23, 2024 at the NIU Naperville Conference Center for The Black Film Summit. This is the 3rd year of TBFS and as we continue to learn and grow as a festival there is no doubt, this is the place to be to kick off spring! TBFS is committed to bringing you great films and growing into the best fest in the Midwest. 

TBFS 2024 Awards

TBFS offers several awards of achievement. Join us after the films have ended to find out who are the recipients of The Black Film Summit Awards 2024. Awards include; Best Feature & Short Films, Best Performances & Ensembles, Best Documentary, Best Student (Undegraduate and Graduate) Film.

Tickets Available Now!

TBFS 2024 Day Passes  and ticket packages are NOW AVAILABLE!! Get yours today. This cinematic event is the event to be at. Prices are for every budget and allow you to choose your own TBFS adventure. Come & Go as you please with our packages and see one movie to all 47 while enjoying time with other film lovers.

The Black Film Summit Slate Of Films 

Check out The Black Film Summit 2024 slate of films coming at you March 20-23 at the NIU Naperville Conference Center.


Monochromatic - TBFS 2024 Short Film


NIU Naperville Conference Center

ABOUT The Venue

The Black Film Summit 2024 will take place at the NIU Naperville Conference Center, room 105. Below is the basics of the venue. We look forward to seeing you there March 20-23, 2024!!!


1120 E. Diehl Rd. 

Naperville, IL 60563


There is a large, FREE, open parking lot with drop off area at front entrance. 

Distance From Airports

From O'Hare: 25.6 Miles

From Midway: 31.2 Miles


VIP Gold Ticket includes food & beverage. TBFS is near many local and national restaurants, hotels, bars, and entertainment.

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Sway - TBFS 2024 Feature Film

To close out each night of TBFS 2024 we present a Nightly Feature Presentation. These films are sure to grip you tight as you sit on the edge of your seat waiting for what comes next. 

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Pages of My Heart -

TBFS 2024 Feature Film

During our Matinee Hours, 10am-6pm respectively, these feature length films do not compromise on incredible storytelling sure to keep you riveted. 

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TBFS 2024 Special Events

Go all out for TBFS 2024! VIP Gold ticket holders will enjoy Red Carpet receptions, a closing night dinner, open bars, a commemorative program and event badge, and access to all films! Not VIP Gold but want to know who The Black Film Summit Award winners are? Have no fear, ALL ticket holders are invited to the ceremony!! Dress to impress in your Pan African best. 

Bree K. Jones

"Great and positive environment for Black Filmmakers."

Join Us At

TBFS 2024

Now is the time to purchase your tickets and be part of The Black Film Summit 2024. Join us as we come together out of love of film & the culture. 


Advertise At

TBFS 2024

Do you have a business and want to advertise on the big screen at The Black Film Summit TBFS today and be part of this tremendous event. 

Upcoming Events

  • Latino International Film Expo 2024
    Latino International Film Expo 2024
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Sep 21
    Hampton Inn Yorkville
    Sep 21, 2024, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Hampton Inn Yorkville, 310 E Countryside Pkwy, Yorkville, IL 60560, USA
    Sep 21, 2024, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Hampton Inn Yorkville, 310 E Countryside Pkwy, Yorkville, IL 60560, USA
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