53rd Annual

New York Film Festival

September 25, 2015 to October 11, 2015

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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Films
Feature Films are defined as any film over 50 minutes in length. The NYFF Main Slate is chosen by a selection committee of five people.
Avant-Garde
The Avant-Garde sidebar premieres non-narrative, experimental film and video. Work of any length is considered.
Short Films: General Submissions
New York Film Festival curates several short programs each year. While all submissions are welcome, please note in your cover letters/communications if your film is Narrative or Documentary, Animation, Horror/Genre, or New York focused.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The New York Film Festival (NYFF) is an annual Fall event produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center which introduces audiences to the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent from around the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The New York Film Festival was founded in 1962 and is produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival has a Main Slate of 28 feature films, a Spotlight on Documentary, programs of short films, an avant-garde section (Projections), a section devoted to immersive storytelling and transmedia (Convergence), and a section devoted to restorations and re-discoveries (Revivals). NYFF is non-competitive, and all sections are carefully curated.


ORGANIZERS

Aily Nash (Programmer, Avant-Garde); Dan Sullivan (Film Society of Lincoln Center); Dan Sullivan (Film Society of Lincoln Center); Florence Almozini (Senior Programmer); Florence Almozini (Senior Programmer); Florence Almozini (Senior Programmer); Gabi M Madsen; Gabi Madsen; Isabella Beroutsos; Matt Bolish (Operations/Programmer, Convergence); NYFF Programming (Programming Team); Natasha Brown; Nick Kemp; Programming Operations NYFF

GENERAL RULES

GENERAL RULES
1.) Film Society of Lincoln Center defines a short film as any film with a running time less than 50 minutes.

2.) Film Society of Lincoln Center defines a feature film as any film with a running time greater then 50 minutes.

3.) Non-narrative and experimental films of any length may be submitted to Projections.

4.) All films submitted to NYFF must be New York City premieres. “Premiere” is defined as any film having not screened for the public in the greater New York area, or having received a run in a festival operating within New York City.

5.) Only world premieres may be considered for Opening and Closing Night. “World Premiere” is defined as any film having not received a theatrical run or festival screening of any kind.

6.) Films having received any theatrical or home video distribution of any kind beyond festival screenings or that have been broadcast on television or the internet will be deemed ineligible for NYFF.

7.) Films that have had private, unpublicized screenings are eligible for submission to NYFF.

8.) Films that have been previously submitted to NYFF or Views from the Avant-Garde are ineligible

9.) Films must have been completed in the current or previous year (2014, 2015).

10.) All applicants must complete the official festival submission form located on withoutabox.com.

11.) NYFF reserves the right to disqualify any film not submitted through these websites without refund of any application fees.

12.) The applicant holds the sole responsibility of copyright clearance of any copyrighted material in the film. Films including unauthorized copyrighted material are ineligible.

13.) Films not in English must be subtitled in English unless dialogue is minimal and not necessary for the comprehension of the Film.

TERMS

1.) Films Submitted on DVD will not be returned. Films submitted in other formats will be returned only if the applicant supplies a FedEx or UPS Account Number.

2.) Multiple versions of the same film will not be considered.

3.) Only the first submitted version of a film will be considered for NYFF.

4.) If the DVD does not play in an industry standard DVD player, NYFF will make an attempt to contact the applicant based on the contact information supplied at the time of submission in order to obtain a replacement. If a replacement is not available, NYFF reserves the right to disqualify the film without refunding the submission fees.

5.) NYFF will attempt, but is under no obligation, to view a submission that arrives after the designated deadline without refund of the submission fee.

6.) Submitted films that qualify based on the regulations and eligibility requirements stated here will be seen by NYFF programming staff and be considered equally with all other submissions.

7.) NYFF reserves the right to disqualify any film for non-payment of the submission fee. NYFF will attempt to contact the applicant based on the contact information supplied at the time of submission in order to resolve non-payment status.

8.) NYFF is under no obligation to provide comments regarding submitted films to any applicant. The festival is not responsible for any internal comments obtained by the applicant regarding their film.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1.) Films Submitted will not be returned. 2.) Multiple versions of the same film will not be considered. 3.) Only the first submitted version of a film will be considered for NYFF. 4.) If the DVD does not play in an industry standard DVD player, NYFF will make an attempt to contact the applicant based on the contact information supplied at the time of submission in order to obtain a replacement. If a replacement is not available, NYFF reserves the right to disqualify the film without refunding the submission fees. 5.) NYFF will attempt, but is under no obligation, to view a submission that arrives after the designated deadline without refund of the submission fee. 6.) Submitted films that qualify based on the regulations and eligibility requirements stated here will be seen by NYFF programming staff and be considered equally with all other submissions. 7.) NYFF reserves the right to disqualify any film for non-payment of the submission fee. NYFF will attempt to contact the applicant based on the contact information supplied at the time of submission in order to resolve non-payment status. 8.) NYFF is under no obligation to provide comments regarding submitted films to any applicant. The festival is not responsible for any internal comments obtained by the applicant regarding their film.