10th Annual

Stranger Than Fiction

January 01, 2016 to December 31, 2016

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Documentary - Feature
STF seeks theatrical style documentaries. We tend towards new films that have received minimal exposure in New York. But we're also open to older works when a special guest can add value to the audience's experience.

To get a better idea of the kind of films we've programmed over 10 years, see: http://stfdocs.com/films/archives/
Documentary - Short
STF seeks theatrical style documentaries. We tend towards new films that have received minimal exposure in New York. But we're also open to older works when a special guest can add value to the audience's experience.

To get a better idea of the kind of films we've programmed over 10 years, see: http://stfdocs.com/films/archives/

Our programming favors feature length films - 55 minutes in length or longer - although we do occasionally pair them with short films.


Stranger Than Fiction screens documentary films - including sneak previews, revivals and classics - accompanied by a Q&A with the filmmaker or special guest at the IFC Center in New York City.


Described as "indispensable" by New York magazine and "the best documentary programming" by Time Out NY, Stranger Than Fiction (STF) was founded in 2005 and has become one of the country's leading showcases for documentary film.

STF takes place every Tuesday over the course of 8-week seasons in winter, spring and fall. The series is hosted by Raphaela Neihausen and Thom Powers, the team behind the fall festival DOC NYC (http://DOCNYC.net) and the WNYC "Documentary of the Week" (http://wnyc.org/docs). Powers also programs docs for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival.

Past STF guests include Steven Soderbergh, Michael Moore, Barbara Kopple, Laurie Anderson, Jonathan Demme, Ken Loach, Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.


Raphaela Neihausen (Executive Director); Thom Powers (Artistic Director)


• Please submit one DVD (Region 1 or Region-free NTSC).
• Each DVD must have an individual outer case (white envelope preferred).
• All entries must be labeled with the title, running time, WAB tracking number, and contact information (contact name, e-mail and phone number). This information must be on the DVD itself and on the outer case.
• STF will make every attempt to contact you if there is damage to an entry, but cannot be held responsible if entry is not considered due to poorly recorded or unplayable media.
• Please do not send submissions in fiber-filled envelopes, as the dust damages DVD players.
• Filmmakers may submit more than one documentary; each documentary must be accompanied by its own Entry Form and Entry Fee.
• All entries must be sent with prepaid shipping. Collect or C.O.D. (cash on delivery) shipments are not accepted. STF will not assume responsibility or accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Please indicate on your shipping bill that all transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender.
• The Entry Fee is non-refundable.
• DVDs and other submitted materials will not be returned. Please do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.
• Due to the number of submissions, STF cannot provide feedback on any entries.
• For questions regarding submissions, email Raphaela@STFdocs.com with "STF SUBMISSION" in the subject line.


By submitting this documentary, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

• I have the legal right to represent and to submit this documentary film to Stranger Than Fiction ("STF"), IFC Theatres LLC (“IFC”), and Powershausen LLC (“Powershausen”) and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true;

• There is no action, suit, claim or proceeding pending, affecting or, to the best of my knowledge, threatened against this documentary film or its producers in connection with this documentary film;

• Music and any other third party material clearances and all copyright clearances are my sole responsibility. None of STF, IFC Center or Powershausen will be held responsible for any legal disputes regarding the exhibition of this film. Noncompliance may affect, delay, and/or disqualify my entry.

• If this documentary is selected for screening at STF, I grant each of STF, IFC Center and Powershausen the right to screen this documentary;

• I understand and agree that my film entry, if selected for STF, may be used for promotional purposes for STF and/or its partners; and I grant each of STF, IFC Center, Powershausen and its partners the rights to use mutually agreed upon footage (not to exceed 5 minutes), stills and/or titles and information from the film for such promotional purposes;

• I fully indemnify and hold STF, IFC Center and Powershausen, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, sponsors, licensees and assigns harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses in connection with my documentary film, including:

o reasonable attorneys’ fees and other expenses of defense arising from or in connection with any breach of any of the foregoing agreements, representations or warranties or from or in connection with any litigation or any claim or proceeding commenced by a third party alleging or arising from libel, slander, defamation, invasion of privacy, infringement, unauthorized use or any other right of such third party or wrongful conduct

o damage to or loss of the film print or videotapes en route to or from STF or during the course of STF's possession of the entry;

o and any claims which may arise in connection with my documentary film.


If your documentary is selected to screen in STF, you will need to provide the following:

o Projection print or video by required deadline. Filmmaker is responsible for the delivery costs of the print shipment to the theater, including any applicable customs fees. STF will return the print to the supplier or to the next destination as indicated by the supplier at the screening's conclusion. STF does not provide extra insurance for originals or masters.

o Press kits, trailers, promotional materials and additional screeners for preview;

o Screener copies for the STF press liaison (optional)

Please do not send these materials until your film is selected for the program. STF reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.

Note: STF has the right to change any information contained in this document (eligibility requirements) without further notice.