Celebrating its 28th year in 2022, The Black Harvest Film Festival is Chicago’s annual showcase for films that celebrate, explore and share the Black, African American and African Diaspora experience. The Festival, held at the Gene Siskel Film Center, curates both short and feature length films, proudly presenting influential auteurs and emerging filmmakers of color side by side.

The Black Harvest Film Festival invites Black, African American and African Diaspora identifying directors, producers and screenwriters to submit their work for consideration at this year's Festival.

The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Black Harvest Film Festival intend the 2022 installment to be held in person as well as virtually. If, due to continued COVID-19 mitigation efforts this is not possible, the 28th Black Harvest Film Festival will be held entirely virtually. Only filmmakers who are willing to present their work in a hybrid theatrical/virtual format should submit their work for consideration.

Please contact Gene Siskel Film Center Director of Programming Rebecca Fons at rfons@saic.edu with questions.

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Audience Award - Best Short Film

Feature-length films and shorts (up to 45 minutes total running time) are eligible for consideration.

All entries must include a screener link, a completed entry form, a press kit or credit list.

Year of completion must be 2020 or later.

Film must be Chicago premieres. Films that have had public Chicago or suburban screenings prior to the Festival are ineligible for consideration. Films that are otherwise available online/virtually are ineligible for consideration.

Films not in English must be submitted with English subtitles.

In order to be eligible for the virtual component of the Festival, films must have open or closed captioning.

Only films directed, co-directed, produced and/or written by Black, African American or African Diaspora identifying filmmakers are eligible for consideration.

Entries selected for the festival must be available for public exhibition in one of the following formats: DCP or Apple ProRes formatted digital file. DVD and Blu-ray discs will not be accepted for theatrical projection.

All legal clearances including, but not limited to, talent, music, or stock footage are the responsibility of the filmmaker.

The Gene Siskel Film Center reserves the right to utilize clips or stills from any film selected for the festival for publicity purposes.

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  • laila Petrone

    Even though we could not attend, the communication and attention was wonderful. and we hope to continue our relationship with the festival.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Laila,
    Thanks for your kind comment. Hope to meet you another time with a new production.
    Best, Barbara

  • Bobby Brown

    One of the most professional festivals I've attended. I will definitely attend next year even though I will not have a film to submit. Top quality staff, hospitality and terrific schedule of programing.

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Bobby! Your film was one of the highlights of this year's festival. We're thrilled to be bringing it back for more screenings in October.
    Best,
    Barbara

  • D. Mitry

    Thank you for the fantastic event!

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Dmitry. It was a privilege to include your film.
    Best,
    Barbara

  • This festival was 5 stars in every single way!!! From the assistance with display of the movie to the communication and hospitality of the festival to the promotion of the screening to the actual venue (Gene Siskel Theater) this festival was A+++++. I will forever submit to this festival and encourage everyone else to do the same!!!

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Saquan,
    We were thrilled to premiere your film in Chicago. Keep up the good work!
    Best,
    Barbara

  • gian smith

    Without a doubt my best festival experience to date. The screening itself was great at Gene Siskel theater. Each day of my shorts program was sold out so they did an excellent job promoting. There staff was very hospitable and communicated very well throughout the process. And the submission fee is more than affordable. Excellent job all around. Will be submitting to this festival from now on.

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Gian,
    Thanks so much for your kind comments. It was a joy to discover your work. Hope to see another film from you next year!
    Best,
    Barbara