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|Films must be no more than 30 minutes in length, including credits. Screening format must be DVD (US Region, NTSC). Entrant is responsible for conversion of films to screening format.
|SHORT FILM SCRIPTS
|Short film script competition. 25 pages or less. Must be script formatted using final draft or comparable program, and submitted in professional format.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
NYC PictureStart Film Festival (NYCPSFF) showcases short films from all over the world from emerging filmmakers as well as those already established in the industry. Films of all genres are accepted year-round and those chosen for screening competition display a high-level of artistic excellence. Every June, the NYCPSFF is held for filmmakers to screen film to interact with each other, industry professionals and audience members in a relaxed, social atmosphere. NYCPSFF is the festival where filmmakers feel at home.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
NYC PictureStart Film Festival (NYCPSFF) showcases outstanding short films from all over the world from emerging filmmakers as well as those already established in the industry. Films of all genres are accepted year-round and those chosen for screening competition display a high-level of artistic excellence. Every June, the NYCPSFF is held for filmmakers to screen film to interact with each other, industry professionals and audience members in a relaxed, social atmosphere. NYCPSFF is the festival where filmmakers feel at home.
Starting in 2013, in addition to the flagship screening event in NYC every June, NYCPSFF begins its visiting series. After being approached many times over the years from attendees of past festivals about the festivals unique approach to screening films, NYCPSFF will start visiting cities all over America and the world. First up, South Africa. In each new region, every effort will be made to not only screen the top quality short films our New York audiences get to see every June, but to also present to the local communities the films being created in their own backyard.
Founded in 2002, by Gregory Segal, Producer, Sales Agent and Attorney, the NYCPSFF offers emerging filmmakers the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and share their work with a broad audience of enthusiastic cinema-goers.
Submissions of short films are sought from filmmakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience and entries are accepted year-round. Films are selected for Festival screenings on the basis of artistic excellence and viewers determine the winners of the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Short Film Awards. Additionally, Jury Awards for the Best Film, Actor, Actress and Cinematography are awarded based on juror votes. Recent festival jurors include Academy Award nominee and five time Emmy Winning Writer/Director Anthony Lover (My Brother, De Duva), Avignon Film Festival Founder Jerry Rudes, Writer/Director Doug Buck (Cutting Moments, Sisters), Slamdance Founder Dan Mirvish, Actor/Director John Shea (Southie), Bob Reitano (Editor, Sleepless in Seattle, True Colors), Adrienne Stern (Casting Director, Eurotrip, The Insurgents), David Title (Head of Devlp., Crossroads Films), John Gallagher (Blue Moon, The Deli), Robert Bardunias (Head of Development, National Lampoon), Molly Connors (Producer, Frozen River), Peter Kelley (Acting Coach, NCIS), Rabinder Sira (Executive Producer - The LIfeguard, The Loneliest Planet), Scott Dacko (Director/Writer - The Insurgents) and DJ Mendel (Actor/Director).
The NYC PictureStart Film Festival has hosted films from filmmakers unknown and at the top of the field. Films from David Koepp (Dir. Secret Window, Writer, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Mission Impossible, Spiderman, Jurassic Park), Henry Selick (Dir. The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) and John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, WarGames) have shown in recent festival. The festival has hosted films with performances by Tom Hanks, David Strathairn, Heather Matarazzo, Michael York, William Shatner, Bruce McGill, Dan Lauria, Frank Vincent, Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and many more.
Staged at various venues over the years to accommodate increasing attendance, the Festival is traditionally hosted by working actors or by an industry critic. Among those who have assumed this role at recent festivals have been Roy Frumkes, Director, Writer, Producer, Film Critic for Film In Review, John Gallagher of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Director, Producer and Film Historian and Maggie Champagne, Actor and Director.
The website for the Festival is at www.picturestartfilmfestival.com.
Ben Arredondo (Executive Director)
Films must be no more than 30 minutes in length, including credits. Screening format must be DVD. Entrant is responsible for conversion of films to screening format. Films need not be premieres.
Please make all checks payable to PictureStart Productions. Making checks payable to any other payee will delay processing of your entry. If you decide not to pay by online by credit card through the Withoutabox system and select the "Pay by Mail" option but plan to pay by Paypal, please be sure to include your WAB Tracking ID. Go to www.picturestartfilmfestival.com to pay via Paypal.
PLEASE INCLUDE ENTRY NUMBERS ON ALL CHECKS
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By submitting through Withoutabox, you indemnify Greg Segal, Ben Arredondo, and the NYC PictureStart Film Festival from any and all claims resulting from the display of the work. All entrants grant permission to have portions of their work reproduced for publicity purposes connected with the NYC PictureStart Film Festival. Every precaution will be taken with materials submitted. However, neither Greg Segal nor the NYC PictureStart Film Festival can assume responsibility for materials submitted in conjunction with any applications.
Awards: The NYC PictureStart Film Festival awards Audience and Jury awards for the Best Short Film, Best Actor and Best Actress. Additionally, the Jury awards a film a Best Cinematography Award. The Grand Prize is awarded to the short voted as best by jury opinion.
Please note that any film received too late for consideration for the next NYC PictureStart Film Festival running may be considered for the following Festival. In addition, quality films not accepted for the current running of the NYC PictureStart Film Festival, for whichever reason, may be considered for resubmission, at no additional fee, unless the filmmaker specifies that the film shall only be considered for the current running of the NYC PictureStart Film Festival.
The NYC PictureStart Film Festival reserves the right, without limitation, to display any excerpts of any film or script submitted, for the purposes of promoting the film or the Festival.