Black Harvest Film Festival accepting film submissions

Black Harvest Film Festival film submissions due September 1. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center will present its 26th annual Black Harvest Film Festival virtually from November 6 through November 30.

Beginning Friday, November 6, this year’s  festival will offer an engaging, fully-online experience, featuring the Chicago premieres of short and feature-length films, along with virtual filmmaker conversations and panel discussions. Films will premiere via the website,, at various dates throughout the month and remain available for streaming through November 30. 

More information and updates about this year’s Black Harvest Film Festival can be found here.

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The Gene Siskel Film Center will continue accepting submissions of new feature-length and short films for the festival through Tuesday, September 1.

Entry form and details can be found here.

New features for the 2020 Black Harvest Film Festival: 

Virtual Festival

  • Streaming of festival films and discussions throughout November
  • Virtual conversations with filmmakers, film talent, and other special guests
  • Virtual film industry panel discussions
  • Virtual film industry networking opportunities

Virtual Program Book on the Film Center’s website:

  • Features festival schedule, program descriptions, and film stills 
  • Film and video source information
  • Detailed information about panel discussions
  • Will spotlight select Black-owned businesses and special offers
  • Announcement of the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Black Harvest Film Festival 2020 Prize winner