Film Festival

Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival


Founded by filmmakers experienced with the filmmaking process (from Pre-Production through Distribution) and the Film Festival circuit, HHFF strives to bring the Independent Film Festival experience to Central Pennsylvania. Each screening block is a mixture of both short and feature films to maximize audience exposure to both mediums. The screening blocks are followed with a Q&A session in which the audience is able to interact with filmmakers in attendance, presenting an excellent opportunity for those at the heart of each narrative to receive feedback on their projects and grow as artists.

This year, filmmakers will also have the opportunity to attend filmmaker-led seminars. The first session, “Independent Film in the Digital Age,” features New York-based writer and director Jason Michael Brescia (The Newest Plege and Bridge and Tunnel) who will discuss the steps necessary for independent films to acquire distribution in an age of online streaming. Local filmmaker Hal Cramer (Nowhere, PA and Pretendagers) will lead the second session, “Shooting a feature with Under $5K,” in which he will discuss his experiences shooting two separate feature films on micro budgets.

About the Region

The Harrisburg-Hershey Region is home to the State Capital and Hershey, PA - the sweetest place on Earth! Central Pennsylvania is a diverse area offering many interesting sights. The following are just a few of the noteworthy attractions to enjoy while you’re in town:

  • Beautiful downtown Harrisburg along the Susquehanna River with a bustling Restaurant Row, featuring dozens of Award Winning restaurants and bars
  • The world-famous Hersheypark and Hershey’s Chocolate World just minutes away!
  • Historical attractions such as Fort Hunter, The National Civil War Museum and the Gettysburg Battlefield
  • Lancaster County, home to Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Amish settlement
  • Lush greenery and wildlife at Wildwood Park and the Appalachian Trail
  • The Performing Arts theater at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

We look forward to seeing your films!

Awards & Prizes

Golden Strawberry Award (Jury Award) - The ranking award for the Best Film of the Festival.

Other awards include: Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best in Fest.

Rules & Terms

By submitting your film for consideration in the Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival (HHFF), you are authorizing HHFF use of your work for promotion of and exhibition at the Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival. You hereby accept that you have the rights to the film and to authorize the film exhibition. You accept full legal responsibility for all intellectual property contained in the film and are granting HHFF the right to utilize any and all parts of the film for promotional purposes online, in print, and any other medium we may see fit to promote the festival.

By submitting this film, you indemnify and hold harmless the Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival and any of its affiliates, sponsors, agents, owners and employees of said entities from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss or damage to the screening videos entered.

You also accept that Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival is not responsible for obtaining any copyright, trademark, or other intellectual property clearances that may be required for screening of your film.

Failure to adhere to any of these guidelines or any other guidelines for submission may result in dismissal from consideration.