Calling all Filmmakers! The Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival is seeking early submissions of Narrative Features, Narrative Shorts and Documentary Films of all genres to be featured in our 4th year festival lineup!

The Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival (HHFF) is excited to announce its 3rd Annual Festival. The unique Capital City festival strives to promote independent films throughout Central Pennsylvania. This fall, the HHFF will take place over the course of 4 days in the month of September at Harrisburg’s Midtown Cinema, which specializes in showcasing independent and foreign films. Last year, the festival was attended by hundreds of enthusiastic moviegoers and this year we look forward to growing that audience and sharing a new and exciting set of films with our attendees! We are currently in search of films of any genre in the following formats: Narrative Features, Narrative Shorts, and Documentaries.

Founded by filmmakers experienced with the filmmaking process (from Pre-Production through Distribution) and the Film Festival circuit, HHFF strives to bring the Independent Film Festival experience to Central Pennsylvania. Each screening block is a mixture of both short and feature films to maximize audience exposure to both mediums. The screening blocks are followed with a Q&A session in which the audience is able to interact with filmmakers in attendance, presenting an excellent opportunity for those at the heart of each narrative to receive feedback on their projects and grow as artists.

About the Region

The Harrisburg-Hershey Region is home to the State Capital and Hershey, PA - the sweetest place on Earth! Central Pennsylvania is a diverse area offering many interesting sights. The following are just a few of the noteworthy attractions to enjoy while you’re in town:
•Beautiful downtown Harrisburg along the Susquehanna River with a bustling Restaurant Row, featuring dozens of Award Winning restaurants and bars
•The world-famous Hersheypark and Hershey’s Chocolate World just minutes away!
•Historical attractions such as Fort Hunter, The National Civil War Museum and the Gettysburg Battlefield
•Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Amish settlement
•Lush greenery and wildlife at Wildwood Park and the Appalachian Trail
•The Performing Arts theater at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

We look forward to seeing your films in this year’s festival.

Submit your films today!

Golden Strawberry Award (Jury Award) - The ranking award for the Best Film of the Festival.

Other awards include: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best in Fest.

By submitting your film for consideration in the Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival (HHFF), you are authorizing HHFF use of your work for promotion of and exhibition at the 2018 Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival. You hereby accept that you have the rights to the film and to authorize the film exhibition. You accept full legal responsibility for all intellectual property contained in the film and are granting HHFF the right to utilize any and all parts of the film for promotional purposes online, in print, and any other medium we may see fit to promote the festival.

By submitting this film, you indemnify and hold harmless the Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival and any of its affiliates, sponsors, agents, owners and employees of said entities from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss or damage to the screening videos entered.

You also accept that Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival is not responsible for obtaining any copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property clearances that may be required for screening of your film.

Failure to adhere to any of these guidelines or any other guidelines for submission may result in dismissal from consideration.

Overall Rating
  • Abbey Frisco

    I wasn't able to attend in person because of school, but communication was great for this festival and I was honored for "The Pitch" to be a part of this festival. My parents went and enjoyed it. Midtown Cinema is a great venue. I'll be submitting again in the future.

    January 2018
  • Matthew Lucas

    I was so proud to be part of this amazing fest! Communication was incredible and while I was unable to attend personally, the response to the event online has been universally excellent. Hope to be back in the future!

    October 2017
  • Alex Meredith

    Such a lovely festival. I recently screened my short film DAYTRIP at the festival and it couldn't have been a nicer experience. Hamza was very kind to me and hosted a very nice Q&A after the screening block my film was part of. They were also very accommodating regarding my screening date, so I could attend the festival. I hope to have another film to submit again in the future.

    September 2017
  • Scott Orris

    Everyone was so nice! It was a great experience! Thank you!

    March 2017
  • Steven Adams

    The venue was perfect, Mid Town Cinema, I would submit here again!

    October 2016