The People’s Film Festival MAY 31- JUNE 3, 2018 celebrates the power of the media when placed in the hands of the people.

The People's Film Festival is an annual 4-Day event designed to showcase the best in independent films, music & art. It’s comprised of film screenings including virtual reality, panel discussions, music showcases and an award ceremony—celebrating the work of both emerging and established filmmakers, producers, and videographers—reflecting traditional and avant-garde style films with an emphasis on films that integrate multiple digital platforms using today’s new media & technology.

The Peoples Film Festival is an initiative of The People’s Media, Music & Arts Foundation (TPMMAF)— 501(c3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to serve as a resource for emerging and aspiring artists, filmmakers, directors, producers and musicians, with assistance in finding ways to connect with their audience. It was founded in 2012, with the goal to establish TPFF as “The Voice of 'The People". Over the years, we are proud to say that The People's Film has become recognized as the place to tell you story and have a true impact on that audience. Many of the filmmakers who screened at TPFF have broaden the outreach for their films to screen at other festivals and venues including, PBS- Public Broadcasting Service, Revolt TV and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.

Our objective and continued commitment is to promote awareness in independent film, music, media, and various art forms across the globe while encouraging those—particularly in the Harlem, New York area, to develop a greater appreciation and understanding for cultural diversity in film. The People’s Film Festival, which is held in Harlem, NY, is known not only for its rich vibrant culture, historic landmarks great music, literature, arts and entertainment—also collectively known as The Harlem Renaissance, but the synergistic atmosphere in which filmmakers and filmgoers alike come comeback each year after year to actively share information, break bread and build relationships.
We are looking featured films in all categories and genres: Features, shorts, narratives, webisodes documentaries and virtual reality.

This event is open to everyone.

1. A unique custom-designed Award will be presented to the winner in each category at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony. (i.e. BEST Film, Best Documentary etc.)
2. Winners film to be featured in the television broadcast "The People's Profile".
3. Public Media Award Winners will be awarded in each category and their "show" will be featured at the festival.

The People’s Film Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries.
If accepted, we will notify filmmakers by email. Programming decisions are made by the festival programmers and our selection committee. Films selected for screening in all categories will be notified on or about March 31, 2018. After acceptance, the final presentational format including electronic press kit materials if available, must be received prior to April 6, 2018. Any films not submitted by that date can be disqualified.
All films must be in English or with English subtitles. Foreign films must be dubbed in English or presented in their original language with English language subtitles.

•To be eligible, films MUST NOT HAVE EXHIBITED PUBLICLY IN HARLEM, NY prior to The People’s Film Festival. Priority is given to World Premieres for features & shorts.
•All films must be in English or with English subtitles. Foreign language films must be dubbed in English or presented in their original language with English subtitles.
•Promotional, instructional or industrial films, and raw documentation of performances are not eligible.
•Films must not have been broadcast on US television or online before the festival or commercially released on DVD/Blu-ray, VOD, or for download to the public.
•These rules will be strictly monitored.

•We will accept online payment by credit card, (American Express, Discover, Master Card, and Visa). Please do not send checks, money orders. The nonrefundable Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and must be payable in US dollars to The People’s Media Music & Arts Foundation Inc. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival.
•The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission. Incomplete entries without proper fees will be rejected.
•TPFF does not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival.

•ALL SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO US AS SECURE ONLINE SCREENERS. TPFF no longer accepts DVD/BluRay screeners as standard submissions.
•You can submit via FilmFreeway or a password protected streaming link. Our preference is Vimeo, however, TPFF will accept links to other streaming sites that is unlisted i.e. private YouTube that is not linked to the public or by filling out our online entry forms.
•Filmmakers may submit more than one film however, each film must have its own Entry Form and Entry Fee.
•Premiere Status - Although we would be honored to have your film premiere with us first, we do understand that this may not always be the case. We accept all films, however, priority will be given to World Premiere and Harlem related stories.
•Completion Date - There is no mandatory completion date for your film submission.
•Prior Screenings - Entries must not have been broadcast (televised) on US television or online before the festival.
•Prior Submission - Films previously submitted to TPFF will only be considered if they reapply as a new submission with 60% changes to your film, including all applicable entry fees.
•Completed & Signed Entry Form POSTMARKED by the deadline.

Submission of your work confirms that The People’s Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize any film including promotional stills and information submitted and accepted during the Festival and/or at any other Festival event for promotional purposes in The People’s Film Festival 2018. 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 for participation in The People’s Film Festival. The individual or corporation warrant the submission of work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission and this film is not subject to any litigation nor is any litigation threatened. The individual or corporation also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and will indemnify and hold harmless The People’s Film Festival, The People’s Public Media Awards of Excellence, The People’s Media, Music & Arts Foundation, its directors, management, staff, and sponsors, and defend them against all claims, demands, losses damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorney's fees) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos screened or entered arising out of TPFF’s exhibition and promotion of said film- should such film be programmed as part of the 2018 People’s Film Festival.


Overall Rating
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    Gillian Ray

    This is a great festival! The cinema projection had some technical difficulties on opening night, but the festival communication and attendance was terrific. Was so proud my film was selected for inclusion Enjoyed every minute!

    July 2017
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    Linda ainouche

    Worst festival around the world that I have attended with the same feature documentary. Must be forbidden!
    - Hospitality is inexistent - someone told me I don't support independent filmmaking after winning several Awards and screening in more than 50 countries in two years! This sophisticated man was slouched on a chair...
    - Quality is absent - just as an example: they don't believe that put the film posters could be useful for promoting screenings!
    - Value does not apply here!
    - Communication - basic exchange by the way of email... I haven't seen anyone expect the above man!
    - Networking does not apply here - unless you afford their Opening Night Party expenses but I doubt!
    Frankly don't lose your time, money and calm with them. The world is full of excellent festivals run by wonderful people who would enjoy your work with respect...

    June 2017
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    Nicole Franklin

    We felt very supported. Extremely friendly crew who are recognizing films that are meaningful to all communities--and the community came out to enjoy them! Loved our experience. Thank you People's Film Festival!

    June 2017
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    matildah muchindu

    Wow I had great time being first time submitting my film with freewayfilm and with the people's film festival I won a Honorable Mention Best Film Short I was overwhelmed, great staff well organised looking forward to the next year Festivial and I will encourage others

    June 2017
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    Alejandro Montoya

    We have screened with them 3 years in a row!
    They are incredibly nice, and supportive to the indie film community! If you have a short film. Submit here, it's worth it!

    June 2017