6th Annual

GOTHAM SCREEN Film Festival and Screenplay Contest

October 04, 2012 to October 14, 2012

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While we are looking for great stories of any kind, we are encouraging submissions in the following genres:


Selected entries in this category can made available to the industry (upon request, and with the submitters agreement only), and a number of previous participants and winners have had their work optioned or were further commissioned by producers and production companies.
Gotham Screen each year shows an eclectic mix of US and International Feature Films, from both new directors as well as established filmmakers. Our sophisticated New York audiences like to be surprised, scared, moved and entertained, and appreciate the craft of great storytelling. Among them the occasional scouts from major sales- and distribution companies have been known to attend the screenings as well, and subsequently contact selected filmmakers of interesting movies.
One of our favorite audience categories! A number of Short Films of different genres, lengths and formats, from both US and International filmmakers, are shown each year to a discerning and enthusiastic audience.
Feature-length documentary films, over 45 minutes in runtime. Documentary shorts should be submitted to the Short Film category. Another audience favorite - documentary screenings have drawn good responses from audiences looking for something new and different.
Our newest category is specifically for student and experimental filmmakers who want to be critically judged against their peers. They are usually shown together with other short film entries, but are judged as a separate category. And if your film is really exceptional, it even has a chance to win the coveted "Best Short Film" award and cash prize!


The mission of the GOTHAM SCREEN Film Festival & Screenplay Competition is to create an opportunity for filmmakers to have their work shown and critically judged in New York. The festival aims to create a positive industry and audience exposure for works that would otherwise not easily get seen, and for new writing, directing and acting talent to get discovered.


The 6th Annual GOTHAM SCREEN Film Festival and Screenplay Contest will take place October 4-14, 2012 in New York City.

Following the success of the 2011 edition, this years event has been expanded to showcase more short and feature films during a week of screenings at the storied Quad Cinema in Manhattan, New York City, and other locations.

Gotham Screen is looking for fresh voices and perspectives from local, national and international filmmakers.

The 2012 Screenplay Contest comes again with a $2,500 cash prize for the winning screenplay! In addition, excerpts from selected contest entries will be performed live by professional actors at a staged reading during the festival.

Recognizing the need for quality projects in the industry, and realizing that this need can not always be satisfied by established writers with agency representation, the GOTHAM SCREEN Screenplay Competition has been set up with the goal to find the Next Great Screenplay, and to give previously undiscovered writers a chance at getting their craft recognized and their projects produced.

The GOTHAM SCREEN Screenplay Competition specializes in lower- to mid- range budgeted projects. We are actively looking for scripts that can be produced with budgets in the 2-15m dollar range. While we realize that great writing exists beyond this range, the GOTHAM SCREEN Screenplay competition is not the appropriate venue for it. Our targeted budget range will most likely exclude high budget action or special effects driven stories, most science fiction, many epics and/or historic movies, as well as most animation projects.

Producers and Financiers have as much interest in great stories and screenplays, as the struggling writer has to get her or his next project onto the screen. Realizing that this is a two way relationship that calls for a new kind of approach, GOTHAM SCREEN strives to find projects and writers that can have a real chance in the marketplace.


- Entrants must fully comply with the Entry Rules & Regulations, including deadline(s), entry material requirements and selected film requirements. Submitting to GOTHAM SCREEN constitutes acceptance of these Rules, Regulations and Requirements.

- The GOTHAM SCREEN Film Festival and Screenplay Contest is open to everyone. You must be 18 years or older (21 in some states) to participate, or have written consent from your parent or guardian.

- Screenplay submissions must be in English, Film submissions must be in English, or subtitled in English.

- International submissions are encouraged, as long as they are in English (screenplays and English language films), or subtitled in English (non-English language films).

- Multiple entries are admissible, but each entry must be accompanied by its own separate submission. You may submit more than one screenplay per writer, or more than one film per director, and you may submit more than one film or screenplay per category

- Contest winners and selected films will be notified by early-October 2012 (approximately). You must give us a valid e-mail address to be notified.

- If no entries in any category meet GOTHAM SCREEN's standards, fewer than the first three, or no projects at all, may be made available to the industry and declared winning entries. This does apply to the overall winner of the Screenplay Contest, which will receive the Grand Cash Prize of 2,500 dollar, regardless.

- All decisions by GOTHAM SCREEN, including judging decisions, are final. GOTHAM SCREEN reserves the right to refuse any entries for any reason.

- No correspondence, no calls, no inquiries will be held about individual submissions, the contest or its progress, thank you.


I, the undersigned, am voluntarily submitting the feature film, documentary feature, short film or screenplay (the "Work") indicated in the submission form, and hereby request that Gotham Screen, its employees, affiliates and/or subsidiaries ("Gotham Screen", "you") watch or read, and evaluate the Film or Screenplay as part of the Gotham Screen Film Festival and Screenplay Contest (the "Festival").

I hereby acknowledge and agree that I have read, understood and complied with the Festival Entry Rules and Regulations and Terms and Conditions, that the statements in this form are true, to the best of my knowledge; that this submission is not subject to, or threatened by, litigation of any kind, and that submitting to the GOTHAM SCREEN Film Festival and Screenplay Contest constitutes acceptance of these Rules, Regulations and Requirements.

In the event the Screenplay I am submitting is selected for further development by you (applies to screenplays only), I understand that a separate contract will be executed stipulating all terms and other obligations of both parties, and that said contract will incorporate this release by reference. I understand that you would refuse to accept or otherwise evaluate the work in the absence of the acceptance by me of each and all of the provisions of this release.

The selected winning, finalist and semifinalist Works grant permission to Gotham Screen to use their names and/or likenesses for publicity and promotional purposes without further compensation, and/or post on our site your script's logline, synopsis and excerpts.

I represent and warrant that I am the author of the Work; that I am the present and sole owner of all right, title and interest in and to the Work; that I have the exclusive unconditional right and authority to submit the Work to you upon the terms and conditions set forth herein; and that no third party is or will be entitled to any payment or other consideration by reason of my submission of the Work as set forth herein. I will indemnify and hold you harmless from any and all claims, expenses, losses, or liabilities that may be asserted against or incurred by you at any time in connection with the use of the Work, including without limitation those arising from any breach or alleged breach of the warranties and promises given by me herein, including reasonable attorneys' fees and other costs incurred defending against the same.

I retain all rights to submit this or similar material to persons or entities other than Gotham Screen, unless otherwise agreed in writing. I knowingly acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between me and Gotham Screen and I further acknowledge that no such relationships are established between me and Gotham Screen by reason of this Agreement or by reason of my submission to Gotham Screen of the Work.

I acknowledge that you and your affiliates and/or subsidiaries receive numerous submissions of ideas, formats, stories, suggestions, screenplays, and the like, and that new ideas for motion pictures and television programs are constantly being submitted to you or being developed by you. I also acknowledge that many stories and ideas are similar, and often different stories and ideas relate to one or more common underlying themes. I acknowledge that you and your affiliates and/or subsidiaries may have had access to and/or may have independently created or have had created ideas, themes, formats, stories, suggestions screenplays and/or other materials which may be similar or identical to the theme, plot, idea, format or other element of the material now being submitted by me, and I hereby release you and your affiliates and/or subsidiaries from any claim I may have should you proceed with any such project..

I understand and agree that I will not be entitled to any compensation because of the use by you and your affiliates and/or subsidiaries of any such similar or identical material provided to Gotham Screen by another party or independently created by Gotham Screen. I understand that the submission of the Work to you may expose the Work to others, and I hereby specifically release Gotham Screen from any and all liability, direct or indirect, resulting from the improper use by any other persons or entities of any similar ideas, formats, stories, suggestions and the like relating to the Work. I have retained at least one copy of the Work and release you from any and all liability for loss or other damage to copies of the Work submitted to you hereunder. All my releases stated herein extend to Gotham Screen, its successors, assigns, affiliates, licensees, agents, associates, employees, officers, directors and volunteers.

I hereby acknowledge and agree that there are no prior or contemporaneous agreements, oral or otherwise, in effect between Gotham Screen and me pertaining to the Work, including, but not limited to, agreements pertaining to the submissions by me of any ideas, formats, plots, characters, or the like. I further agree that no other promises, representations or obligations exist or shall exist or be deemed to exist unless and until a formal written agreement has been prepared and entered into by Gotham Screen and me and that you at all times reserve any and all rights you may have as a member of the public.

Should any provision or part of any provisions be void or unenforceable, such provision or part thereof shall be deemed omitted and this Agreement with such provision or part thereof omitted, shall remain in full force and effect. This agreement shall at all times be construed so as to carry out the purposes stated herein.

I hereby state that I have read and understand, comply and agree full with this agreement and all the RULES AND CONDITIONS for the Festival, and that no oral representations of any kind have been made to me and that this Agreement states our entire understanding with reference to the subject matter hereof. Any modification or waiver of any of the provisions of this agreement must be in writing and signed both by the undersigned and Gotham Screen. By submitting, I am hereby signing this legal document, and I am taking full responsibility and liability for any and all my actions. Furthermore, I indemnify Gotham Screen, all the affiliates, sponsors, agents, consultants, judges of and from any and all claims (direct or indirect) or third parties, loss or liability, whether or not groundless, that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any of your associates, at any time in connection with said Work.

I understand and accept that all decisions about the contest are final, and are made at the sole discretion of Gotham Screen. There will be no correspondence about the contest, other than the announcement of winning screenplays and film entries.

I represent and warrant that I am at least 18 years of age, with the full power and authority to enter into this Agreement. Nothing in this agreement is to be construed as creating any employment relationship between me and Gotham Screen.

New York law will govern this Agreement, without reference to conflicts of laws rules. This Agreement is the complete and exclusive statement of the parties concerning the subject matter hereof and it may not be changed, altered, or modified except by a writing signed by both Parties.