Submission Dates and Fees
The 2016 submission deadline was 24th October. We are no longer accepting 2016 submissions.
We will be accepting submissions for 2017 starting in August 2017.
There is no fee to submit a film for consideration.
The length of the film including all credits must be at least 1 minute (1:00:00) and shorter than 6 minutes (5:59:xx).
The film must tell a story; this excludes public service announcements, trailers, music videos, non-narrative experimental pieces, etc.
Whether a piece is truly narrative is at the discretion of the submission review panel.
All genres and styles are considered, including live action and animation, documentary and fiction, drama and comedy, etc.
For 2016, we prefer films completed in 2015 or 2016. Films completed in 2014 may also be considered. Earlier films are ineligible.
Any of the following criteria are not mandatory, but may count against films in judging for acceptance:
- Films under 2 minutes
- Films from 2014
- Films available publicly online
- Films that have played extensively in the US (especially northeast)
For submission format, we prefer 1080p H.264 files (720p is acceptable). No DVD or DCP submissions, please.
We prefer bit rates between 5 Mbps and 20 Mbps (to balance quality and file size).
We require electronic submission as it is faster, cheaper, and less out of control than snail mail.
To submit electronically, use Hightail or your own FTP service (wetransfer, dropbox, etc.).
Filmmakers accepted into the festival are strongly encouraged to provide film stills and a photo of the filmmaker.