Black Harvest Film Festival 2020 Submission Form
ENTRY DEADLINE: June 8, 2020 | FESTIVAL DATES: August 8 - September 3

The Black Harvest Film Festival is Chicago’s annual showcase for films that tell stories, raise questions, or touch on issues that relate to the African American, Black African, and African diasporic experience. The Gene Siskel Film Center invites feature length or short films for consideration in the festival.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Barbara Scharres at



• The deadline for entry is June 8, 2020. There is no entry fee.

• All entries must include a preview link, a completed entry form, and a press kit or credit list. Materials will not be returned.

• Year of completion must be 2018 or later.

• Films MUST be Chicago premieres. Films that have had Chicago or suburban screenings prior to the festival are ineligible for the Black Harvest Film Festival.

• Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

• Entries selected for the festival MUST be available for public exhibition in one of the following formats: DCP or Apple ProRes formatted digital file. DVD and Blu-ray discs will not be accepted for theatrical projection.

• All legal clearances including, but not limited to, talent, music, or stock footage are the responsibility of the filmmaker. The Gene Siskel Film Center reserves the right to utilize clips or stills from any film selected for the festival for publicity purposes.
Email address *
Provide the details of your submission
Film Title *
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Year of Completion *
Your submission's year of completion must be 2015 or later.
Director *
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Running Time *
Exhibition Format *
DVD and Blu-ray discs will not be accepted for theatrical projection.
Country of Origin (if not USA)
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Language (if not English)
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Screener link *
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Screener password *
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What genre is this film? *
Please provide the names of 2 principal cast members and their character’s names below.
Complete this item only if your film is a narrative film.
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Provide a press kit or credit list for your film
If you do not have a link to an electronic press kit, please provide a simple credit list in the space below.
Link to electronic press kit
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Provide your contact information
Name of person submitting the entry: *
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Your affiliation with film (if not director):
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Mailing Address *
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City, State *
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Zip Code *
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Phone Number *
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Website and social media accounts
If you or your film have a website or social media accounts you would like us to know about, include links below.
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Where did you hear about the Black Harvest Film Festival?
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I have read and accept the rules and regulations of the Black Harvest Film Festival. *
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