Films & Screenplays

WE WANT YOUR FILMS AND SCREENPLAYS!

Join writers and filmmakers from all over the world for the opportunity to showcase your work in the world famous cultural capital – Harlem, New York City.

For the 13th year, Hi opens the call to all films and screenplays around the world in any category, by anyone and about anything under the sun: Animation; Documentary; Narrative; Experimental; Music Video; Webisode; and Youth Film. We welcome passionate, even controversial work and we reward it (click on “Awards” tab above to see past winners).

XIIIGENT Films for EXIGENT Times!

This year in line with our 13th Anniversary we also specifically seek work that deals with 13 of the most pressing issues that face our species and planet.

  1. EARTH/ENVIRONMENT Climate Change, Pollution, Water Rights
  2. GENDER EQUALITY
  3. RACISM/FASCISM Intolerance, Inequality, Black issues, Native Rights, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, etc.
  4. IMMIGRATION
  5. GENTRIFICATION/COLONIZATION/IMPERIALISM
  6. WAR
  7. LGBTQ
  8. ECONOMICS, Jobs, Capitalism, Socialism, etc.
  9. TECHNOLOGY
  10. FAMILY, Youth, Health, Healthcare
  11. EDUCATION
  12. ADDICTION
  13. GUN VIOLENCE

 

Since the inaugural in 2005, the Festival has screened over 900 of the world’s finest films from scores of countries including:  Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, the UK and the US, providing a springboard to further success as well as bestowing over 300 awards including our illustrious annual Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker.

Keeping in line with its mission, Harlem Int’l offers free admission to films produced in Harlem or Upper Manhattan, centered on the area and/or its rich history or featuring key cast or crew members from Harlem or other Uptown neighborhoods (North of 96th Street in Manhattan). The annual Harlem Spotlight is awarded to the best local film.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES and ENTRY FEES

Hi accepts and awards Short and Feature length projects.  Feature Documentaries are considered 45 minutes and over and Narrative Features are 60 minutes and over (including titles and end credits).  Short works in Narrative, Documentary and Experimental can all be applied for under the general Shorts category.

Animation, Music Video and Webisodes each have their own category.  Youth projects must have been completed while the director, producer or primary cast were under 21 years old.

Early (Deadline: November 3)

  • Harlem & Uptown Films apply for FREE
  • Youth: $25
  • Shorts (Short Film, Animated Short, Music Video, Webisode, World Cinema, VR/Experimental/Art Installation/ New Media): $25
  • Features (Documentary, Narrative, World Cinema): $35
  • Short Scripts: $45
  • Feature Scripts: $75

Regular (Deadline: December 1)

  • Harlem & Uptown Films apply for FREE
  • Youth: $30
  • Shorts (Short Film, Animated Short, Music Video, Webisode, World Cinema, VR/Experimental/Art Installation/ New Media): $35
  • Features (Documentary, Narrative, World Cinema): $50
  • Short Scripts: $55
  • Feature Scripts: $90

Late (Deadline: December 29)

  • Harlem & Uptown Films apply for FREE
  • Youth: $35
  • Shorts (Short Film, Animated Short, Music Video, Webisode, World Cinema, VR/Experimental/Art Installation/ New Media): $45
  • Features (Documentary, Narrative, World Cinema): $65
  • Short Scripts: $65
  • Feature Scripts: $105

Extended (Deadline: January 5)

  • Harlem & Uptown Films apply for FREE
  • Youth: $40
  • Shorts (Short Film, Animated Short, Music Video, Webisode, World Cinema, VR/Experimental/Art Installation/ New Media): $55
  • Features (Documentary, Narrative, World Cinema): $80
  • Short Scripts: $75
  • Feature Scripts: $120
SUBMISSION APPLICATION FORM
Save time, money and help lessen our carbon footprint by applying online and uploading an online screener or by sending us a secure link to view your work through a service like Vimeo or Youtube.  Apply directly to us below or online through our partner Withoutabox.com and receive your own title page on IMDb.com as well as a discount on your submission if you purchase a WAB discount pack. To do so select the “Add more credits” icon located above your screener preview on the Project Summary Page. To access this page, please select the name of your project from the left-side navigation panel.

OR

simply download the PDF and send it in with all supporting materials to:

Harlem International Film Festival
2214 Frederick Douglass Boulevard #333
New York, NY 10026
USA

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