Hip Hop Film Festival 2023 Press Kit

Harlem Film House
Harlem Film House
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3 min readAug 9, 2023

8th Annual Hip Hop Film Festival



About the 8th Annual Hip Hop Film Festival:

The highly anticipated 8th Annual Hip Hop Film Festival will take place from August 11 to August 20 at the renowned Schomburg Center in Harlem. This year’s festival, themed “50 Years of Culture” pays tribute to the diverse narratives that have shaped the unique and influential hip hop culture over the past 50 years. Going beyond rap music, the festival provides a platform for exploring the people, places, lifestyles, and events that have contributed to the transformation of this dynamic American art form into a global phenomenon. With an impressive lineup of films, master classes, live competitions, and more, the festival promises an immersive experience that showcases the breadth and depth of hip hop’s impact.

Key Event Details:

Event Highlights:

  • August 11 — Opening Night @ The Schomburg
  • August 12 — The Director’s Table | Dinner with the most prominent directors in the independent scene to strategize solutions for above and below the line colleagues during the WGA/SAG-AFTRA strike
  • August 14 — Master Cypher — AI vs US : I Made a Movie With AI — Participants of the Meta Film Works program address the benefits and fears of AI and cinema
  • August 14- ACT UP! Thousand Dollar Challenge
  • August 18 — The G.O.A.T Nominee Soiree at Chase
  • August 19 — Closing Night @ The Schomburg
  • Fest @ The Crib — Enjoy the Hip Hop Film Festival from the comfort of home through the Hip Hop Film Festival streaming network FRESH TV

Featured Films:

KINGDOME — with Teyana Taylor

YOU CAN’T ERASE ME — a BLACK RAP MATTERS power movement for the legends of the culture who built the culture with nothing to show for it. Featuring Special K, Sparky D, Doug E Fresh, JJ FAD, DJ Yella, Mr. Cheeks, with MC Lyte, Kurtis Blow, Kool Moe Dee, Easy Mo Bee, Red Alert and more.

NECESSARY EVIL — Best selling urban street author Kareem Hayes takes his book from the streets to the silver screen


See the full festival schedule HERE

Press and Media Access:

Press Pass application here :

Press Accreditation Application

Event Organizer:

The Hip Hop Film Festival is the flagship program of the Harlem Film House, a 501(c) (3) corporation that provides a platform for diverse voices in the film industry while promoting storytelling that reflects the experiences and perspectives of creatives from around the world.

Past Success and Testimonials:

See all releases here

Previous Press Coverage

High-Resolution Images:

Link to festival Promo Images

Social Media:

IG : @hiphopfilmfest

IG ; @harlemfilmhouse

Facebook : Hip Hop Film Festival NYC

Facebook: Harlem Film House

Sponsorship Information:

This year the festival partners and sponsors are : THE SCHOMBURG CENTER , CHASE BANK, MEMBIT, CRYSTAL SHIP AGENCY, BEN NBC, NYC PARKS

Contact Information:

For interviews, please contact press@harlemfilmhouse.org



Harlem Film House
Harlem Film House

Harlem Film House, a 501(c) 3) corporation, produces film & music festivals. operates year-round workshops, theatre productions and live events, while also offe