8th Annual

The People's Film Festival

May 30, 2019 to June 01, 2019

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All Genres including Music, Comedy, Animated and Experimental are accepted in this category. A feature shall be any film over 41 minutes,
All Genres including Music, Comedy, Animated and Experimental are accepted in this category. Short films must be 40 minutes or
This category is for films that originate in a country other than the USA.
Both shorts and features on film and video are accepted in this category. Music category is for original music films that may be narrative, experimental, or animated. Songs must be the ORIGINAL composition of the band or musician featured in the film.
Documentary Short
Any film within the documentary film genre that is 40 minutes or
less - live action, animated, or multimedia, and feature a subject matter detailing actual events or people.
Films that feature a urban appeal.
Virtual Reality
Computer technology that uses Virtual reality headsets, sometimes in combination with physical spaces or multi-projected environments, to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user's physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment.


The People’s Film Festival celebrates the power of the media when placed in the hands of the people. Whether it is a protest, drama, comedy or powerful experimental clip shot in the most extreme conditions, these stories matter to us. Our objective is to level the playing field while giving acclaimed directors and independent producers alike, the same opportunities to showcase their work on the big screen. Our main focus is on content, the apparatus used, the technology and delivery.

We are looking for featured films, short films, narratives, documentaries, experimental, animation and webisodes in all genres. This event is open to everyone.


The People's Film Festival is an annual 3-Day event designed to showcase the best in independent films, media, music & art. It’s comprised of film screenings, panel discussions, music showcases and tech expo—celebrating the work of both emerging and established filmmakers, producers, and creatives—reflecting traditional and avant-garde style films with an emphasis on films that integrate multiple digital platforms using today’s new media & technology.
Rooted in the belief of freedom of speech and media access to all—The People’s Film Festival (TPFF) was founded in 2012 with the goal to provide venues, resources, and information for independent filmmakers, producers and creatives.
Over the last 7 years TPFF has become to be known as the “The Voice of ‘The People”—essentially the place to tell your story your way and have a true impact on that audience. TPFF’s mission is to inspire future creatives and innovators, while exposing audiences of all ages to new tools in technology for storytelling. Many of the filmmakers who screened at TPFF have broaden the outreach for their films to screen at other festivals and venues including, HBO, NetFlix, FOST, PBS- Public Broadcasting Service, Revolt TV and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives.

The People’s Film Festival is an initiative of The People’s Media, Music & Arts Foundation (TPMMAF)—which is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose purpose is to promote awareness in independent film, technology, media, music, and art across the globe while encouraging those—particularly in the Harlem New York area, to develop a greater appreciation and understanding for cultural diversity in media.

The People’s Film Festival is held in Harlem, NY, which is not only known for its rich vibrant culture, historic landmarks great music, literature, arts and entertainment—also collectively known as The Harlem Renaissance, but the synergistic atmosphere in which filmmakers and filmgoers alike come comeback each year after year to actively share information, break bread and build relationships.
We are looking featured films in all categories and genres i.e—Features, shorts, narratives, webisodes documentaries and virtual reality. This event is open to everyone


Michael Drake (Festival Registrar); Michael Drake (Festival Registrar); Michael Drake (Festival Registrar)


Official Entry submitted through Withoutabox

The deadlines to submit films for the 2018 The People's Film Festival are as follows:
Nov 11, 2018—Early Entry Submissions deadline for All Categories
Jan 31, 2019—Regular Entry Submissions deadline for All Categories
Feb 17, 2019—Late Entry Submissions deadline for All Categories
Feb 28, 2019—Without A Box Extended Deadline Only

Note: Submissions may be in work-in-progress form; however, works that are not final cuts must be clearly marked “Work in Progress (WIP)” or “Rough Cut” with an indication of what will change or what is missing e.g., sound, animation, etc.) If accepted, only ONE physical replacement version (i.e. final cut) will be accepted and replacement copies will not be accepted after April 1, 2019.


There is no limit to the number of entries, however, you must submit a separate form and fee for each entry. Entry materials will not be returned. Incomplete entries will not be considered.

• Each submission must pay an entry fee via Withoutabox
• Early Entry Deadline (11/11/2018)
• Official Entry Deadline (1/31/2019)
• Late Entry Deadline (2/17/2019)
• WITHOUT A BOX (ONLY) Extended Deadline (2/28/2019)

• We will accept online payment by credit card, (American Express, Discover, Master Card, and Visa). Please do not send checks, money orders, The nonrefundable Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and must be payable in US dollars to The People’s Media Music & Arts Foundation Inc. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that, if selected and the invitation accepted, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival.
• The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission. Incomplete entries without proper fees will be rejected.
• TPFF does not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival.

The Peoples Film Festival recognizes filmmakers for their work and present a “People’s Awards” to winners selected in each category, including Cash Awards & Prizes provided by our sponsors.

Category Winners—A unique custom-designed Award will be presented to the winners of the best films in each category in competition. BEST Feature Narrative, Feature Narrative short, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary short, Music, Best International Animation, and Experimental).

Best of The Fest— $200 Cash Prize the winner of the Best Film.
Eligibility: All filmmakers in competition are eligible
Jury: Assigned by the panels of Judges

Music Award - $200 Cash Prize Offered by Trakheadz.com is assigned to the Best Music film
Eligibility: All filmmakers in competition are eligible
Jury: Assigned by the panels of Judges.

Harlem Creative Award - $200 Cash Prize is assigned to a Harlem director or the Best film shot in Harlem
Eligibility: All filmmakers in competition are eligible
Jury: Assigned by the panel of Judges

Chance Award - $200 Cash Prize is assigned to the Best Director
Eligibility: All filmmakers in competition are eligible
Jury: Assigned by the panels of Judges.

The Power of She - $200 Cash Prize is assigned to the Best Female Director
Eligibility: All filmmakers in competition are eligible
Jury: Assigned by the panels of Judges.


Submission of your work confirms that The People’s Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize any film including promotional stills and information submitted and accepted during the Festival and/or at any other Festival event for promotional purposes in The People’s Film Festival 2019. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations for participation in The People’s Film Festival. The individual or corporation warrant the submission of work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission and this film is not subject to any litigation nor is any litigation threatened. The individual or corporation also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and will indemnify and hold harmless The People’s Film Festival, The People’s Public Media Awards of Excellence, The People’s Media, Music & Arts Foundation, its directors, management, staff, and sponsors, and defend them against all claims, demands, losses damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorney's fees) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos screened or entered arising out of TPFF’s exhibition and promotion of said film- should such film be programmed as part of the 2019 People’s Film Festival. FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF SUBMISSION RULES |& ENTRY INFO go to www.thepeoplesfilmfestival.com