The Black Reel Awards, or “BRAs”, is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) to recognize the excellence of African-Americans, as well as the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora, in the global film industry, as assessed by the Foundation’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Black Reel Award. The awards, first presented in 2000 in Washington, DC, are overseen by FAAAF.

The awards ceremony was initially awarded online during its first two years before the first live show presentation in 2002. The awards have broadcast to radio since 2014. The Black Reel Awards is the oldest cinema-exclusive awards ceremony for African-Americans.


FAAAF’S primary mission is to provide educational opportunities to the next generation of studio executives through its two-member programs, Reel Kids and the Producer’s Institute. It is the desire of the Foundation, now known as the Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film, that our programs will help train the studio executives and filmmakers that will continue to shape the images of people of color well into the 21st century.


The winners of each category are announced on the night of the event during the live broadcast. The ceremony also showcases the best African-American performances as well as those from the African diaspora.

The website for the Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film is http://faaaf.org/



Tim Gordon
Founder | Chief Executive Officer

Cordell Martin
Nomination Chairman