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.

Over the past 3 years the festival has been sponsored by NETFLIX, FINAL DRAFT, New York Life, Verizon, Metro PCS 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 2019 season of the Hip Hop Film Festival takes place August 1st through August 4th in NYC.

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
Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Feature Short
Best Web Series
Best Animated Short
Best Screenplay
Audience Choice Award
and more....

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
  • Bless W

    Overall a good event. Very organized! Definitely submitting my film again this year.

    April 2019
  • This film fest REALLY ROCKED!!!!!!

    February 2019
  • Sixx Desjardins

    It was a great opportunity to have my film showcase, even more than valuable was the attentiveness of all the staff and their CEO CR Capers. The crew and I had a blast and will definitely submit again in the future.

    February 2019
  • The HHFF was a great experience. They had various press in the Filmmaker’s Lounge, so we could be interviewed and talk about our projects.

    They show special attention to the filmmakers by having us come up and be interviewed right after our film is shown. This is the first time I experienced this at a festival, as usually all the filmmakers are called up onto the stage together and get to say a quick minute or 2. The fact that they interview you alone right after your film makes you feel special, and then they open it up to audience questions.

    Only thing I wasn’t happy with is that I missed some films that I really wanted to see, because I was in the other theatre watching another film. I wish that they had had printed schedules for each film saying which theatre they were in so I could have chosen better.

    The staff was SO VERY friendly! You really felt welcomed and they were always helpful when I asked a question, and NEVER gave off an attitude that I was bothering them. Great customer service!

    CR Capers was a joy. So real, down-to-earth and you really felt that she wants us all to win.

    I watched the pitch session and learned a lot.

    I regret that I only was able to attend for 2 of the 4 days. I will definitely attend again, and submit again for next year, as I’m currently in pre-production for my next short film.

    August 2018
  • Made it to the semi's of the screenwriting competition, communication was fantastic! everytime i sent an email, i would get a response within a few hours or a day. The judges were some prominent names in the film industry, one of them gave us a good contact after hearing our pitch. Through social media the festival were constantly promoting the festival and although i am not from the states, i have seen posters of the festival on bus stops. The value for submitting to festival although we did not win anything is very reasonable and i believe they do profit share with filmmakers whose films are screened which is a fantastic thing!. Am definitely going to submit again in the future, thank you HHFF for everything!.

    August 2018