The Bronx is a melting pot of culture and history which is why the Mott Haven Film Festival (MHFF) is calling everyone from all the corners of the World to The Boogie Down. MHFF wants to represent people from all walks of life, and by submitting your film to our Bronx-based film festival, you are helping reach our goal.

We welcome everyone!

Our Programming Breakdown:
For 2024 we are accepting films of all genres, shorts should be under 30 minutes, and features should be over 60 minutes. These films can range from but are not limited to Experimental, Documentaries, Comedy, Drama, and of course, Narratives. MHFF also accepts student films; if you're a student, you can submit your project.

We have one request, please caption your film for all to enjoy.

Photo by Kilyan Sockalingum on Unsplash is our Cover Photo.

Photo from of the Mott Haven Canal Bronx by Sergey Kadinsky is one of our images.

Awards and prizes will be handed out to winners at our Awards ceremony.

Acceptable format for Screening Consideration is Vimeo videos with password access and Youtube private links with a password. DVDs and USBs are acceptable. If your film is selected, you will need to provide a digital copy.

• If a film is accepted, filmmakers will be responsible for delivering their exhibition materials by a date determined by the festival. You run the risk of having your film acceptance revoked if items are not received by the due date.
• The Mott Haven Film Festival is not liable for the submission or exhibition of materials that are lost or damaged.
• Filmmaker must have all clearances, including trademark and copyrighted materials. You must have authorized permission for all materials. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur as a result of screening the film.
• Filmmaker authorizes the Mott Haven Film Festival permission to screen their film at the festival.
• The festival must receive the exhibition copy by the date specified to screen the film.

We accept previously released films but not before 2019. Your film cannot be screened at the same time as the Mott Haven Film Festival in NYC. If it does, we will not screen your film.

Overall Rating
  • Solid experience. I would recommend this festival for filmmakers getting started in The Bronx!

    October 2023
  • Ali Keller

    We had such a good time bringing our film "to have & to hold" to this festival! It was so welcoming and well organized - we'd definitely recommend it to other filmmakers!

    October 2022
  • An excellent film festival for filmmakers from all walks of life. It was an absolute pleasure speaking with the organizers and the other filmmakers. I would highly recommend to other student filmmakers. Thanks for the great event! :)

    October 2022
  • Alvaro Franco

    Really enjoyed my time here. Got to chat with Ninoska, the founder, and the hospitality and environment were amazing

    October 2021
  • Elroy Martinez Jr.

    I was ready to represent my films, but unfortunately I wasn't abld to attend as something came up the day of :/ However, they kept in touch with great communication leading up to the festival. From the looks of it as I follow their social media, everything looked wonderful. I heard it is as I know others who have gone. Hope to next time. Thanks!

    October 2021