GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER ANNOUNCES
DEADLINE EXTENSION: CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR
BLACK HARVEST FILM FESTIVAL 2021
Deadline extended until August 27, 2021 for November festival
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is extending its submission deadline by one week, until Friday, August 27, for its Black Harvest Film Festival, which will be presented in-person and virtually from 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, located at 164 N. State Street, 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.
The following are submission requirements:
The (extended) deadline for entry is August 27, 2021. There is no entry fee.
Feature-length films and shorts (up to 45 minutes total running time) are eligible for consideration.
All entries must include a screener link, a completed entry form, a press kit or credit list. Materials will not be returned.
Year of completion must be 2019 or later.
Film must be Chicago premieres. Films that have had public Chicago or suburban screenings prior to the Festival are ineligible for consideration.
Films not in English must be submitted with English subtitles.
In order to be eligible for the virtual component of the Festival, films must have open or closed captioning.
Only films directed, co-directed, produced and/or written by Black, African American or African Diaspora identifying filmmakers are eligible for consideration.
Entries selected for the festival must be available for public exhibition in one of the following formats: DCP or Apple ProRes formatted digital file.
DVD and Blu-ray discs will not be accepted for theatrical projection.
All legal clearances including, but not limited to, talent, music, or stock footage are the responsibility of the filmmaker.
The Gene Siskel Film Center reserves the right to utilize clips or stills from any film selected for the festival for publicity purposes.
To apply, visit:
For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience that has grown to over 100,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,700 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.