This is NOT a festival of Hip Hop movies, The Hip Hop Film Festival that focuses on filmmakers and movie lovers raised in THE CULTURE.

All genres, all stories welcome... we focus on filmmaker born after 1960 that are reshaping narratives across a broad spectrum and influencing how we watch visually impactful narratives.

This year we are offering first look deals and acquisition meetings with major networks and production studios across several categories, and honoring the G.O.A.T. ICE CUBE.

Over the past 4 years the festival has been sponsored by REVOLT, NETFLIX, FINAL DRAFT, 1010WINS, DODDUDES PICTURES, Ounced Water, New York Life, Verizon, and a host of other amazing collaborators. We host over 200 filmmakers from every continent, and 3,000 film enthusiasts from all over the world at 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 getting a screenplay greenlit, 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 21 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 2020 season of the Hip Hop Film Festival takes place August 6th through August 9th in NYC. This year we honor the work and legacy of ICE CUBE.

Powered by, the festival will launch the careers of the next batch of independent writers, directors and actors who are children of the global culture of Hip Hop.

Best of the Fest - Benefits and Prizes Valued at over $10,000.00
Best Feature Documentary - Acquisition Meeting With REVOLT Networks
Best Web Series - Acquisition Meeting with BET Networks
ACT UP! Screenwriter's Competition - Acquisition Meeting with Theo Rossi's DOSDUDES PICTURES & Final Draft's Big Break
Boss Pitch - Acquisition Meeting with leading network nominations and winners in 20 categories

Submissions are expected to be at the requested length. No exceptions. Distribution through Harlem Film House / 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 screening.

HARLEM FILM HOUSE, INC / Hip Hop Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize the film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes (web, print, broadcast media) for the life of the festival (in whole or in part). This includes all pre & post festival events regardless of festival season. 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. By submitting to the Hip Hop Film Festival, you shall indemnify and hold harmless HARLEM FILM HOUSE, INC / Hip Hop Film Festival 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 HARLEM FILM HOUSE, INC / Hip Hop Film Festival you commit to a public screening of your film with HARLEM FILM HOUSE, INC / Hip Hop Film Festival. "Commit to public screening" means films may not be withdrawn after acceptance of the invitation to screen. We do NOT return presentation materials (USBs or thumb/hard drives).

After the public screening, the finalists and selected films will be added to the HHFF TV Network (24/ for the remainder of the season. Filmmakers have the option to opt out in writing should the placement interfere with a proven distribution deal. HARLEM FILM HOUSE, INC / Hip Hop Film Festival 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 festival subscription platform (HHFF TV dba 24/7 Films) net profits will be split with the filmmakers according to the month they were featured on the platform. Titles will remain on the festival platform as determined by the festival owner. Terms may be shortened or extended by the festival committee at its discretion.

Overall Rating
  • Adrianna Carter

    This is a festival FOR FILMMAKERS! They cater to everyone whether you are nominated or not. I enjoyed the festival and the people involved. The moderators were amazing and the panels. CR Capers was extremely helpful and accessible, which is different than most film festivals directors. I will definitely submit and visit again.

    August 2019
  • The most community-centric film festival I've ever attended, unlike any other festival I've ever attended really. The people in charge of emceeing the q & a's following each film bring an infectiously curious and positive energy to the experience.

    August 2019
  • Hadasah Cornell

    This festival was big time. I saw some really great films. I was proud to have been selected to screen my film there this year. Culturally, it was great along with the location!!!! Can't wait til next year!!!

    August 2019
  • Mitch Roberson

    The Hip Hop Film Festival in 3 words. Real. Authentic. Dope. The Hip Hop Film Festival is not about “rap or hip hop”. Its inclusive of the genre. Its about our culture and where we are from. Where we are going. Its speaks to our art, our diversity, our stories we tell on a level like no other. It does all this by helping and supporting like minded artists and filmmakers. Leading cyphers that teach and influence, screening films that represent as well as inspire, offering press that communicates and lends a voice to our art through social media. All this in the heart of Harlem. CR Capers has created a festival that clearly uplifts. Dope. Authentic. Real. Don’t miss this gem. Honestly, you don’t want to miss one day!! Proud 2019 2x nominee and award winner.

    August 2019
  • Brandon Hairston

    A great weekend packed with screenings, interviews, and master cyphers with guests that have lots of info to share. Definitely don’t want to miss this festival!

    August 2019