Kevin Daniels, left, and Anthony Johnson, "The Movie Bruthas," hosted the first-ever awards ceremony at Campus Theatre for the Denton Black Film Festival in 2017. The festival gave prizes for Best College Student Short Films, Best Short Films, Best Documentary Features and Best Narrative Features.

Kevin Daniels, left, and Anthony Johnson, "The Movie Bruthas," hosted the first-ever awards ceremony at Campus Theatre for the Denton Black Film Festival in 2017. The festival gave prizes for Best College Student Short Films, Best Short Films, Best Documentary Features and Best Narrative Features.

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The Denton Black Film Festival is setting up its fourth year as its best with the announcement that almost 50 films will be screened in 2018.

The festival is scheduled for Jan. 25 to Jan. 28. Events will be held at the Campus Theatre at 214 W. Hickory St., and other venues in downtown Denton.

And that's not all. The festival is also doing some groundbreaking, with DBFF Director of Film Linda Eaddy noting in a release that "we've actually dedicated a block to short films produced by women filmmakers for the first time."

The opening-night film is Steps, directed by Jay Rodriguez and Rock Davis. Former professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal is an executive producer of the drama about how a robbery sends the victim on a downward spiral that he's trying to come back from. 

The movie was filmed in Jersey City and played the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival.

As in past years, the festival includes other artistic disciplines. There will be art, spoken word, comedy and workshops and panels.

There will also be live music: Singer-songwriter-musician Frank McComb, who has toured with Teena Marie and Philip Bailey, will perform on Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center at 400 E. Hickory St. And poet Verb Kulture will host the "Poetry Get Down and Slam" competition.

Festival passes and tickets are on sale at the event's website, DentonBFF.com. Admission is free for ages 2 and younger but children "must sit in your lap." Passes range from $20 to $179 through Jan. 25. Prices go up after that.

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