Celebrating its 29th year in 2023, 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 29th Black Harvest Film Festival will be held in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center November 3-16, 2023.
Please contact Gene Siskel Film Center Director of Programming Rebecca Fons at email@example.com with questions.
Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize - Best Feature
Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival Prize - Best Short
Feature-length films (any length 45 minutes or longer) and shorts (up to 45 minutes in length or shorter) are eligible for consideration.
All entries must include a screener link, a completed entry form, and a press kit or credit list.
Year of completion must be 2021 or later.
Film must be Chicago premieres. Films that have had public Chicago or suburban screenings prior to the Festival are generally ineligible for consideration. Please let us know with your submission if your film has or will play elsewhere in Chicago before November 2023. Films that are otherwise available online/virtually are ineligible for consideration.
Films not in English must be submitted with English subtitles.
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.