The 16th Annual North Carolina Black Film Festival launches Thursday, March 21, and continues through Sunday, March 24, in Wilmington.

Fifteen years ago, the first North Carolina Black Film Festival (NCBFF) launched in Wilmington to celebrate innovative, independent work by African-American filmmakers.

This year’s 16th Annual NCBFF is back with films and events Thursday through Sunday, March 21-24.

Thursday, March 21

The festival kicks off with a CineMixer opening reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Cape Fear Community College’s Union Station Building at 502 N. Front St. Tickets are $35 in advance.

Friday, March 22