28th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival

November 4 - 27, 2022


The 2022 Black Harvest Film Festival call for entries is now open! Deadline to submit is July 15, 2022. 




Celebrating its 28th year in 2022, 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 2022 installment to be held in person as well as virtually. If, due to continued COVID-19 mitigation efforts this is not possible, the 28th 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 rfons@saic.edu with questions.