The Hip Hop Film Festival is the FIRST festival to feature filmmakers raised in the global culture of Hip Hop. That means we focus on stories from all over the world, across ALL GENRES, written, produced and directed by lovers of the universal culture.
What makes us unique is that we share the profits of the festival with the filmmakers selected to participate while providing a dynamic environment for filmmakers to network, engage with titans of the industry and negotiate deals that will further their careers.
Over the past 2 years the festival has been sponsored by NETFLIX, CBS, New York Life, Verizon, Metro PCS and a host of other amazing corporations. We hosted over 65 filmmakers from every continent last season, and saw over 3,000 film enthusiasts from all over the world descend on our dedicated theater in NYC for what we call "FOUR DAYS OF FRESH".
The Hip Hop Film Festival also features the "Master Cypher®" where Hollywood Insiders gave their expertise on how to negotiate distribution deals, the business side of creating a successful web series, how to fund a major movie on a budget and more...
The festival awards the distinction of BEST of the FEST in over 10 categories including, best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Web Series and more. The festival and our filmmakers received world wide press and many went on to be invited to other festivals. Some are now on world tours and some scored distribution deals
... and it began with the Hip Hop Film Festival.
The 2018 season of the Hip Hop Film Festival takes place August 2-5 in NYC.
This is also the OFFICIAL submission portal for "THE URBAN WEB SUMMIT". The Urban Web Summit will annually showcase content by some of the most innovative and diverse content makers on the web. Click "web series" to read the rules and submit your series.
Powered by Revolution Media, the festival will launch the careers of the next batch of independent writers, directors and actors who are fueled by the ingenuity of Hip Hop.
Awards & Prizes
Best of the Fest
Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Feature Short
Best Web Series
Best Animated Short
Audience Choice Award
Rules & Terms
Submissions are expected to be at the requested length. No exceptions. Distribution through Revolution Media is non exclusive. Additional details to be reviewed and negotiated with the winners of the category.
Selected participants agree to promote their screening time to help with the sale of seats at their premier.
WYMS Ent LLC / Revolution Media / Hip Hop Film Festival NYC is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless WYMS Ent LLC / Revolution Media / Hip Hop Film Festival NYC 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. By submitting your film to WYMS Ent LLC / Revolution Media / Hip Hop Film Festival NYC you commit to a public screening of your film with WYMS Ent LLC / Revolution Media / Hip Hop Film Festival NYC. "Commit to public screening" means films may not be withdrawn after acceptance of the invitation to screen.
After the public screening, the finalists and selected films will be added to the HHFF TV Network for the remainder of the season. Filmmakers have the option to opt out in writing should the placement interfere with a proven distribution deal. Revolution Media will work closely with the filmmaker and team for promotional strategy to increase promotion and awareness of the film to achieve the filmmakers goal of a distribution deal with top market competitors. Should the film be placed in the VOD platform of Revolution Media or HHFF TV, earnings will be split 60/40 with the filmmaker. Titles will be removed from the festival platform at the end of the current season as determined by the festival owner. Terms may be shortened or extended in agreement & in writing by the festival committee and filmmaker.