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The Harlem International Film Festival today announced its annual Call for Entries for the 13th edition of the film festival which will take place next year, May 3-6.

CCH Pounder with Angela Robinson Witherspoon, director of the Closing Night selection, CURTSY, MISTER at this year's Harlem International Film Festival (Photo by Quack Nation)

CCH Pounder with Angela Robinson Witherspoon, director of the Closing Night selection, CURTSY, MISTER at this year’s Harlem International Film Festival (Photo by Quack Nation)

Led by Program Director Nasri Zacharia and Director of Operations B. Lorenzo Roaché, Hi screens films in the following categories: Animation, Documentary, Narrative, Experimental, Music Video, Webisode, and Youth Film, for some of the most enthusiastic film audiences in New York City, as well as hosting a screenplay competition for aspiring and accomplished writers both locally and around the globe.

The Harlem International Film Festival has screened over 900 of the world’s finest films from several countries including: Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, the UK, and the US as well as bestowing over 300 awards including our illustrious annual Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker.

The PHILIP CARLSON ON BEHALF OF TALENT filmmaking team being photographed (Photo by Quack Nation)

The PHILIP CARLSON ON BEHALF OF TALENT filmmaking team being photographed (Photo by Quack Nation)

Hi waives submission fees for films produced in or about Harlem or other Uptown neighborhoods above 96th Street, or featuring key cast or crew members from the area.

Roaché said, “Going into our 13th year, we are further grounding our position as a springboard for local NYC talent. We remain one of Harlem’s best kept secrets and the fact is that we are consistently discovering and nurturing some of the most passionate and insightful work from around the world here in the heart of the most influential city in the country at a time when these voices need to be heard more than ever.”

Miguel Ovalle Dizmology, Jade, Dru Blumensheid, Zsamia Loki (INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX) hit the red carpet before their screening at the 2017 Harlem International Film Festival (Photo by Quack Nation)

Miguel Ovalle Dizmology, Jade, Dru Blumensheid, Zsamia Loki (INTIMATION FROM THE PHOENIX) hit the red carpet before their screening at the 2017 Harlem International Film Festival (Photo by Quack Nation)

The Harlem International Film Festival has competition categories for both Feature length and Short projects. Feature Documentaries are considered 45 minutes and over and Narrative Features are 60 minutes and over (including titles and end credits).  Short works in Narrative, Documentary and Experimental can all be applied for under the general Shorts category.

Animation, Music Video and Webisodes each have their own category.  Youth projects must have been completed while the director, producer or primary cast were under 21 years old.

2017 Best Documentary feature winner Daniel Peddle (GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON) with his family on Opening Night (L to R: Diana Aaron, Betty, Daniel, and Larry Peddle (Photo by Quack Nation)

2017 Best Documentary Feature winner Daniel Peddle (GARDEN OF THE PEACEFUL DRAGON) with his family on Opening Night (L to R: Diana Aaron, Betty, Daniel, and Larry Peddle (Photo by Quack Nation)

Competitions include:

Narrative Feature

Documentary Feature

World Cinema

Short Film (Narrative and Documentary)

Animation

Experimental

Music Video

Youth

Webisode

 

Other categories the Festival awards are:

Actor

Actress

Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker

New York Showcase Award

Harlem Spotlight

Script (Feature and Short)

 

Submission Deadlines

  • Early Bird: November, 3, 2017
  • Regular: December 1, 2017
  • Late: December 29, 2017
  • Extended: January 5, 2018

 

For more information please go to http://harlemfilmfestival.org/submissions2018/.