The 9 th Annual Haiti International Film Festival is a two-day film festival celebrating Haitian art and culture. Founded in 2015 by Haitian American filmmaker Jacquil Constant, Haiti International Film Festival aims to showcase art and films from the Haitian Diaspora to authentically reflect our community’s diverse experiences and backgrounds. The Haiti International Film Festival program promotes cultural diversity through various art genres including documentary films, short films, narrative films, and art.

We will also be awarding the Samuel Lee Coleman Scholarship to two emerging filmmakers that display a passion for Haitian film and need additional support to complete their projects. Scholarship Award: $250.00

Best Short Film
Best Feature Film or Documentary
Haitian Diaspora Award
Haitian Community Award

Haiti International Film Festival Submission Requirements
Filmmakers of Haitian descent or the African Diaspora are encouraged to submit their films. Filmmakers of non-African or Haitian descent are also encouraged to submit their films, but the films must display positive or realistic stories of Haiti or the Haitian Diaspora.

Samuel Lee Coleman Scholarship Requirements
- Must be an emerging filmmaker
- Must be working on a project that displays Haiti in a positive or realistic manner
- Projects must display innovation and creativity

In 250 words or less, please describe why you should be awarded the scholarship. Please also include the link to your project (if applicable). Responses must be submitted to: by May 12, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.

Scholarship awards will be announced on August 12, 2024.

Overall Rating
  • Alain Martin

    I have to give it up to festival organizers for making this a phenomenal experience!

    August 2023
  • Rich Serrao

    Jacquil was a fantastic person to interact with. I really enjoyed the opportunity he granted me and my co-producer and participant in the film the opportunity to speak about it in the Q&A after the showing. He offered insightful and wonderful questions in the spirit of the fun of filmmaking and community. Great festival!

    August 2021
  • Bechir Sylvain

    Was pleasantly surprised and extremely impress. One of my fav

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Bechir Sylvain. You were great as the actor and producer for the great short film, "ID". The short film is about accepting Haitian culture to truly be yourself. Favorite line of the short film, "Once you accept Haiti and the world open up to you". Bechir Sylvain