This festival is held to screen films that make us think, awaken our consciousness towards a human future, to reflect the social and cultural and ecological diversity of humanity, witness to human rights violations and create a forum for courageous individuals, showing the highlight and talented bright of hope on Human Rights.

This is the goal of our Festival. New York Human Rights Film Festival, last year we celebrate our 7th edition festival.

Our mission is promoting the understanding of every form of expression relevant to cinema and Human Rights.

To consolidate the Human Rights Film Festival, the audience can enjoy the films complemented with panel discussions, Q&A’s, master classes and forums on Human Rights.

Festival twinned with the 21 Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival.
The Festival is an independent organization not influenced, or in affiliation to any political or religious entity.

Competitive Section:

- Best Feature fiction Film
- Best Feature Documentary Film
- Best Fiction Short Film
- Best Documentary Short Film
- Best Experimental short film
- Best Photography film
- Best Female director film
- Best Environmental film
- Best Africa - Afro film
- Best Latino - Hispanic film.
- Best World Feature Film
- Best Native Indigenous Film

2024 Non-competitive Section:
- Special Award in Human Rights

Special Awards by the Organization:
- Human Rights Awards.
Courageous individuals who spread or fight for Human Rights / Civil Rights / Peace / Humanitarian. .

– In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
– All fees are non-refundable.
– We will try to select as many films as possible but not all the submissions are selected for the Festival or for the official competition. Our Judges make their own choices.
– Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film but the decision about the selection is determined by our judges’ team.
– Submitting your movie, you authorize New York Human Rights Film Festival to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media and web and screen your film in the Festival.
–The entrance in the cinema can be not free entrance depending on each edition.
– We give only Awards by Recognition, NO cash prize, No funding.
- You understand and agree, that we will not offer you or pay screening fees.
– Multiple submissions and multiple category submissions are accepted.
– Films must have been completed within the past 5 years.
– Shorts must be less than 30 minutes.
–As Festival we do not require in any case a film premiere status.
–All Participants and / or guest of the Festival acknowledge that Multimedia Channels, web and accredited television channels and other media partners will / might cover the Film Festival for Television, Radio, Web, Newspaper, Digital News. By agreeing to take part in the Festival, all participants relinquish, free of charge, their broadcasting rights to any filmed footage and recorded audio, allowing the media partners to make such use of the above materials as they see fit.
-The festival may change the program or dates without prior notice.

Overall Rating
  • Ishizaki Masataka

    very good film festival that has strong view point for literally human rights. thank you so much for the time all together!

    October 2022