By promoting understanding and appreciation for world cultures, artistic and creative expression, and a commitment to global issues and social justice, the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival promises to be an exciting opportunity to engage both the College and our community.

The goal of the festival is threefold: to educate and expand awareness of social justice issues, both nationally and worldwide; to generate conversation and dialogue around civil and human rights, justice and injustice, as well as to inspire innovative and creative new approaches to social change.

Throughout the year, the Human Rights Film Festival will host screenings of documentaries, features, and shorts leading up to a three-day festival and competition in the fall.

The Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival awards "best of" category awards in every category.

The Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival (MCHRFF) is now accepting film entries for our 2020 festival.

By submitting your project, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the following terms and conditions. Only projects that have been submitted by the final deadline and adhere to all terms will be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival.

We welcome submissions via We will not accept DVD or Blu-Ray screeners. In addition, we cannot accept screener links via email. They MUST be attached to your submission. Works in progress will not be considered. Only films in final form shall be considered for entry.

Please read category descriptions carefully to determine where your submission belongs. Submission to multiple categories is not encouraged. If you wish to submit to multiple categories, a separate submission fee must be paid for each category. MCHRFF reserves the right to determine eligibility of a submission in each respective category. Refunds will not be offered for submissions to inappropriate categories.

By completing the entry form, you are certifying that you are the rightful owner of the work submitted and own all rights and releases necessary for public screening. All legal clearances and releases including, but not limited to talent, intellectual property, music or stock footage are the responsibility of the filmmaker. Submissions must be free from any legal disputes. The entrant and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival, Morehouse College, its trustees, employees, and any representative or affiliates 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 of or damage to the screening videos entered.

You give MCHRFF permission to utilize clips or stills of your entry for promotional purposes (including but not limited to television, web, and presentations).

The MCHRFF does not pay screening fees for submitted films. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that MCHRFF will not pay to present your work.

Projects may have distribution, but not yet had a theatrical release, airplay on television, or broadcast on the Internet. The year of completion must be 2017 or later.

All foreign language films must be submitted with English subtitles. If a submission is missing subtitles, we will attempt to email the entrant for an update. Failure to provide working subtitles by the final submission deadline will result in disqualification without refund of submission fees.

Morehouse College reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund at the sole discretion of Morehouse College staff, even after a film has been invited or final programming has been announced.

Films chosen for competition will be judged by a panel of evaluators who work in the motion film industry and in human rights activism. Awards will be determined by the sole discretion of the evaluators. In the event that the evaluators cannot make a determination, or another controversy emerges, then a committee selected by the Executive Director of the MCHRFF will make any final decision regarding awards. Awards will be announced during the awards ceremony at the festival, and all competition films are highly encouraged to have a representative in attendance.

On July 17, 2020, filmmakers will be notified of their entry status (including whether their film has been received and qualifies for evaluation). Please note that this date is subject to change. Please do not email festival organizers to check the status of your film.

The official selection announcement will be made the week of August 3, 2020.

Overall Rating
  • Kelly Askew

    We were honored to be selected for the inaugural Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival and thank the organizers for their warm welcome and excellent coordination. Looking forward to future festivals!

    October 2019
  • I thoroughly enjoyed myself! For an inaugural festival, it had MANY celebrities. There are older fests with less! The attendance, films, networking and organization was topnotch. Definitely looking forward to 2020.

    October 2019