The Hip Hop Film Festival is the only festival that focuses on filmmakers and movie lovers raised in THE CULTURE.

All genres, all stories welcome... we focus on STORIES FROM THE CULTURE... narratives that are reshaping culture 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, BET NETWORKS, NETFLIX, FINAL DRAFT, 1010WINS, DODDUDES PICTURES, OUNCE 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 Director - Meeting with NBC Universal to Direct For Network Television
Best Feature Documentary - Acquisition Meeting With REVOLT Networks
Best Short - Licensing Agreement for programming on REVOLT TV's "Short & Fresh - The Best of the Hip Hop Film Festival" through Harlem Film House
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 Grand Prize - One on One Pitch Meeting with a Movie Investor nominations and winners in 20 categories

Submissions are expected to be at the requested length. No exceptions.

SUBTITLES REQUIRED for non-English language films. Submissions are for the main competition in New York City, where the primary language is English. Submissions in another language without subtitles will be disqualified. **This does not apply to music videos.

Acceptance in to the 247films program is non-exclusive. Selected participants agree to promote their screening time.

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 by the Harlem Film House, subsidiaries and partners. 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, it’s subsidiaries, partners, agents 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. 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, selected films will be added to Harlem Film House program for the remainder of the season. is an extension of the festival and does NOT represent a traditional distribution deal. It is a private white label festival option and subscriber portal for industry ONLY! Participants selected for the 247films program will be pitched to domestic and international studios and networks to secure a distribution deal for the project. Filmmakers have the option to opt out in writing should the placement interfere with a proven distribution deal.

Harlem Film House 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. Net profits will be split with the filmmakers according to the month they were featured on the platform (music videos & online web series excluded from profit split). 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 by the festival committee at its discretion.

Overall Rating
  • Todd Montesi

    Fun festival! Keep up the good work guys!

    January 2020
  • It was a blast! We got to meet so many dope creatives!

    December 2019
  • I really enjoyed the Hip Hop Film Festival. The events were organized and there was an Awesome Awards show as well. Great Job.

    October 2019
  • The Hip Hop Film Festival was my first festival as a filmmaker. CR Capers goes the extra mile to see the development of story telling by and for the culture. Though an unconventional story, our film was received with open arms and enjoyed an extensive Q&A to explore the themes. I will always be grateful for the experience. And I got to meet Dapper Dan:-)

    September 2019
  • 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