8th Annual

Montclair Film Festival

May 03, 2019 to May 12, 2019


Short Films


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
November 16, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 25.00 *
Student Fee 25.00 *
Regular Deadline
December 21, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 *
Student Fee 25.00 *
Late Deadline
January 4, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Student Fee 30.00 *
WAB Extended Deadline
January 11, 2019
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Student Fee 40.00 35.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

March 22, 2019

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes

Projects completed after May 1, 2018

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 0    
REGION 0    
Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List


Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> One-Sheet Art - Postcards
> One-Sheet Art - Posters

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Audience Award Short Film

Category Rules

Entry Rules and Regulations

1. Objectives: The Montclair Film Festival, a non-profit organization, connects global filmmakers with audiences in a diverse, culturally vibrant community by presenting films and year-round programs that engage, entertain and educate through the power of visual storytelling.

2. Dates: The 8th Annual Montclair Film Festival will be May 3rd- May 12th, 2019.

Programs: Films will be considered for inclusion in the following programmatic categories

World Cinema (International)
Short (40 min or under)
Documentary Feature
Narrative Feature
New Jersey Filmmakers

4. Competitions:

Audience Awards

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Best Documentary
Audience Award for Best In World Cinema
Audience Award for Best Short

Jury Prizes

Best Narrative Feature Competition
Best Documentary Feature Competition
Best New Jersey Feature Competition
Future/Now Prize

5. Submission Guidelines
A. Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), WAB Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film. The Festival will not consider trailers for selection purposes.

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

i. be available to screen by May 3, 2019. Filmmakers must provide the Montclair Film Festival with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP at the Festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening locations, we are unable to show Film or Tape formats.

ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to May 3, 2019.

iii. be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.

iv. have been completed production within the last year.

v. films previously submitted to the Festival and not programmed will only be considered for the 2019 Festival if they meet all the other eligibility requirements as outlined here, and only if it has changed significantly from the previous version submitted.

vi. Entries must be received at our office address (NOT postmarked), by January 11, 2019.

Deadlines: Early submission is strongly encouraged with reduced entry fees until November 16, 2018. Final submission deadline is January 11, 2019. The Festival is not obliged to view late entries.

D. Entry Fee Schedule:
All entry fees must accompany your submission for consideration in the Festival.

Feature Films (40 minutes and above, fiction or non-fiction)
Deadline for all Entries Before November 16, 2018
Deadline for all Entries From November 17, 2018- December 21, 2018
Late Deadline for all Entries, January 4, 2019
WOAB Extended Deadline for all Entries, January 11, 2019

Short Films (40 minutes or less)
Deadline for all Entries Before November 16, 2018
Deadline for all Entries From November 17, 2018- December 21, 2018
Late Deadline for all Entries, January 4, 2019
WOAB Extended Deadline for all Entries, January 11, 2019

Student Films (with photocopy of current student ID)
Deadline for all Entries Before November 16, 2018
Deadline for all Entries From November 17, 2018- December 21, 2018
Late Deadline for all Entries, January 4, 2019
WOAB Extended Deadline for all Entries, January 11, 2019

Submission Materials:

Mail all submissions to:
Montclair Film Festival
41 Watchung Plaza, #345
Montclair, NJ 07042

Send a printed copy of your completed Entry Form.

ii. A clearly marked DVD (NTSC) or Blu Ray Region (0 or 1) of your completed film, labeled with title, running time and screening format. We also accept Without A Box online screeners and e-mailed Vimeo links, but we require ALL submissions to be registered with Without A Box and a submission number attached to all DVDs/ links submitted. We cannot return submitted copies of films.

iii. Applicable entry fee submitted

Electronic Press Kits only. Hard copy materials submitted with the films will be discarded.

Selections: Films will be selected and entrants will be notified prior to March 22, 2019.

H. Requirements for Selected Films:
Once an entry has been reviewed and selected for the festival, a preliminary notification letter will be issued by email. All selected applicants will be notified by March 22, 2019. Upon notification, the Montclair Film Festival may request additional press kits and press screening cassettes for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with Electronic Press Kits and any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday, May 12, 2019. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of immediately upon conclusion of the Festival.

Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Preview Guide, Commemorative Program Book, Website, Ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Montclair Film Festival.

J. Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

K Print Liability: The Montclair Film Festival holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the damaged reel(s).

Print Shipping:

Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by the Montclair Film Festival.

Prints must be clearly marked with the film’s title, the sender’s return address.

Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 10 days after the close of the Festival unless pre-arranged with the Montclair Film Festival prior to April 21, 2019.

Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $20 for video cassettes and U.S. $500 for feature length film prints.

Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

For more information please refer to the Festival website at www.montclairfilm.org or contact the Programmer at:

Montclair Film Festival
41 Watchung Plaza, #345
Montclair, NJ 07042