Short & Fresh Hip Hop Halloween

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Submission Details

REVOLT is looking for dramatic or comedic short films (5-22 minutes in length) exploring horror, supernatural, suspense, thriller, or sci-fi themes, through the lens of Hip Hop culture.

Call to Action: This Halloween, in honor of this burgeoning genre, REVOLT is looking to shine a spotlight on dramatic or comedic short films exploring horror, supernatural, suspense, thriller, or sci-fi themes, through the lens of Hip Hop culture. The winning films will premiere in late October in a special “Hip Hop Halloween” edition of REVOLT’s short film showcase, Short & Fresh.

In 2017, Hollywood was forever changed by the release of Get Out, Jordan Peele’s surprise blockbuster that redefined the horror genre’s relationship with the black community and raised the bar for filmmakers everywhere. Black characters were no longer treated as token individuals or comedic relief in horror films. They were rightly portrayed as layered, complicated protagonists fighting back against unspeakable evil while exploring universal themes. Audiences embraced the film, showing there’s a huge fanbase to be had for horror films featuring, made by, or made for People of Color. Hollywood took notice, and we’re now witnessing a new age of black genre content, from Us to Ma, to reboots of Candyman and The Twilight Zone from Jordan Peele and Saw from Chris Rock, to Xavier Burgin’s Horror Noire, a new documentary exploring the very issue of the black community’s complicated relationship with horror films.

Submit your film today!

Prizes for Winning Films:

Up to 10 winning short films will receive a paid, non-exclusive television & VOD distribution deal and will premiere in Short & Fresh’s “Hip Hop Halloween” on REVOLT TV and REVOLT On Demand this October. Filmmakers will receive promotion within the program and on REVOLT’s social media platforms.

The winners will receive a payment prize based on film duration ($25 USD per minute of content, with a 5-minute minimum and a 22-minute maximum).

Prizes for Honorable Mentions

Films selected as Honorable Mentions may be featured on REVOLT.tv and REVOLT’s YouTube page for the month of October (10/1/19 – 10/31/19), with social promotion.

What is Short & Fresh?

Short & Fresh is REVOLT’s new short film program. Each monthly installment features dope short films from a diverse range of rising filmmakers across all genres (comedy, drama, action, suspense, musical, thriller, experimental, art house, etc.). Episodes premiere on the REVOLT television network and are featured on REVOLT’s On Demand platform, and filmmakers are promoted within the program and on social media.

What do you consider “Hip Hop”?

Hip Hop is:

  • More than a music genre. It’s a lifestyle.
  • The voice of The Culture worldwide.
  • Unapologetic. Disruptive. NSFW.
  • Birthed from the streets and transcends race.
  • Music. Social Justice. Comedy. Sports. Lifestyle. Tech. Fashion. Art… and more.

You must submit your film to these specs: 

File Format: MP4
Codec: h.264 MP 20Mbs
Frame Size: 1920×1080 Frame Rate: 29.97
Field Dominance: None – Progressive
Audio: PCM (2 ch) Stereo 48Khz 24bit
AAC 2ch Stereo 384Kbs 48KHz 24bit
Your submission should be between 5-22 minutes.


REVOLT is unapologetically Hip Hop, leading and living Hip Hop culture. REVOLT is the voice of the culture across platforms, engaging Millennial and Gen Z audiences, on REVOLT.tv, across social, TV and live events, through original and live content. Attracting over 50 million young people, REVOLT is accessible 24/7 on digital, TV and on demand. Founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs, REVOLT launched in broadcast in October 2013 and is available on DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse TV, Charter Spectrum, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, CenturyLink, Altice/Suddenlink, Frontier Communications, Comporium and Cincinnati Bell, Atlantic Broadband, Hotwire, as well as OTT platforms DIRECTV Now, Sling TV, Fubo TV and Philo TV. REVOLT is also available internationally in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Barbados, Nevis, Anguilla, Monserrat, Bermuda, Aruba, St. Maarten’s, Trinidad and the U.S.V.I.


Sep 06, 2019 at 10:00pm MDT (America/Denver)


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Event Expiration Date: September 6, 2019

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