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17-Apr-2014 5:46am PDT  


Sprout Film Festival

12 Annual May 31, 2014 to June 01, 2014

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Sprout 270 West 96th Street
(top floor)
New York NY 10025
Phone: 212-222-9575
Fax: 212-222-9768

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Short Documentaries
Feature Narratives
Short Narratives
If a character in the narrative has a developmental disability, the actor portraying that character must also have a developmental disability.
Feature Documentaries
Music Videos

We invite you to experience film and video related to the field of developmental disabilities. People with developmental disabilities as subjects and performers remain marginalized in the media. The Sprout Film Festival aims to raise their profile by showcasing works of all genres featuring this population.

By presenting films of artistry and intellect, the festival hopes to reinforce accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities and expose the general public to important issues facing this population. The goal is an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will help breakdown stereotypes, promoting a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities.

The Sprout Film Festival was founded in 2003 and is programmed and supported by Sprout, a NYC-based non-profit organization, dedicated to bringing innovative programming to people with developmental disabilities. Sprout has been making videos related to the field of developmental disabilities since 1995 and has witnessed the myriad benefits these videos have for this population and the general public. In 2006 the Sprout Touring Film Festival was founded, enabling agencies throughout the US and Canada to design their own film festival. Sproutflix, a site offering films from our festival to be purchased was created in 2009.

People with developmental disabilities as subjects and performers remain marginalized in film and television. This festival aims to raise their profile and showcase the work of this population. The Sprout Film Festival (SFF) welcomes films from all genres and any length, related to the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Deadlines and Fees Film submission deadline for all genres: March 1, 2014 (postmark)

$15 entry fee for films under 30 minutes / $25 entry fee for films over 30 minutes. If you submitted a film to a past Sprout Film Festival, we will waive the fee for new submissions.

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Selection: The festival programming committee will select and invite films at their discretion. Everyone who submits a film or video will be contacted via email, regular mail, or telephone by March 15, 2014.

Questions: For additional information and questions contact Anthony Di Salvo at 212.222.9575 or

SUBMISSION FORM Deadline: March 1, 2014 (postmark)


Sprout Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening at the SFF and the Touring SFF, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Sprout Film Festival 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 of or damage to the screening videos entered.