Black Harvest Film Festival 2021 Call for Entries

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 20, 2021 | FESTIVAL DATES: November 5 - December 2, 2021

Celebrating its 27th year in 2021, The Black Harvest Film Festival is Chicago’s annual showcase for films that celebrate, explore and share the Black, African American and African Diaspora experience. The Festival, held at the Gene Siskel Film Center, curates both short and feature length films, proudly presenting influential auteurs and emerging filmmakers of color side by side. The Black Harvest Film Festival invites Black, African American and African Diaspora identifying directors, producers and screenwriters to submit their work for consideration at this year's Festival.

The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Black Harvest Film Festival intend the 2021 installment to be held in person as well as virtually in November 2021. If, due to continued COVID-19 mitigation efforts this is not possible, the 27th Black Harvest Film Festival will be held entirely virtually. Only filmmakers who are willing to present their work in a hybrid theatrical/virtual format should submit their work for consideration.

Please contact Gene Siskel Film Center Director of Programming Rebecca Fons at with questions.