HBFF accepts film submissions from all filmmakers; however, to be eligible for the festival’s competitive program, one of the film’s creative principals, i.e. the writer, director or producer must be Black or of African heritage. All other films will be considered for our invitational program. Please notify the festival in your application if your submission does not meet the requirements for the competitive program and you wish to be considered for the invitational program.
We also accept submissions from outside the U.S. and Canada for our World Cinema Program. Submissions from Africa, the Caribbean, Central or Latin America are accepted for the Film Diaspora Competition.
Before submitting your project, PLEASE READ THE COMPLETE RULES & TERMS for the HBFF FILM COMPETITION. Not adhering to the rules of the competition will disqualify your entry.
HBFF Film Competition Rules &Terms