21st Annual

Rooftop Films

May 20, 2017 to August 20, 2017

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232 3rd St
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Fiction Feature
Fiction films are features length films, fifty minutes and longer. The film can be from any genre and in any format. We screen dozens of feature length films each summer on Rooftops and various scenic locations all over New York.
Fiction Short
Fiction shorts are short films 49 minutes and under. The film can be from any genre and in any format. We screen more than a 100 short films each summer on Rooftops and various scenic locations all over New York.
Documentary Feature
Documentary Features are non-fiction feature length films, fifty minutes and longer. We search for films that are innovative, and original. We accept all forms of documentaries from political to personal documentaries, found footage, essay films, experimental non-fiction, hybrid films, animated doc and just about any other type of film that might be considered a documentary by even the loosest definition. We screen dozens of feature length documentaries each summer on Rooftops and various scenic locations all over New York.
Documentary Short
Documentary Short, are non-fiction short films, 49 minutes and under. We accept all forms of documentaries from political to personal documentaries, found footage, essay films, experimental non-fiction, hybrid films, animated doc and just about any other type of film that might be considered a documentary by even the loosest definition. We screen hundreds of short documentaries each summer on rooftops and various scenic locations all over New York.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.

Rooftop Films' Summer Series provides a forum and an audience for emerging and established filmmakers who make deeply personal cinema, films that offer intimate looks into individual lives, imaginations and distinct communities worldwide. Since 1997, Rooftop Films has become one of the premiere venues, in New York City and beyond, for new, underground and independent short films and underexposed feature films. Our films come from around the globe, and include both world premieres, festival award-winners and Academy Award nominees. The artists we present include first-time filmmakers, long-time outsider artists and seasoned film professionals.

Rooftop screens films of all lengths, formats and genres, including documentaries, animation, experimental works, political film and video and long and short narrative fiction. But the thread that connects all our films is that rather than focus on grandiose topics or artistic abstractions, Rooftop Films shows movies that explore single moments in time and place; personal films that show us where and how you live, and do so with intelligence and daring and in any genre, at any length and in ways and in settings most people would never imagine.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Rooftop Films' Summer Series provides a forum and an audience for emerging and established filmmakers who make deeply personal cinema, films that offer intimate looks into individual lives, imaginations and distinct communities worldwide. Since 1997, Rooftop Films has become one of the premiere venues, in New York City and beyond, for new, underground and independent short films and underexposed feature films. Our films come from around the globe, and include both world premieres, festival award-winners and Academy Award nominees. The artists we present include first-time filmmakers, long-time outsider artists and seasoned film professionals.

Rooftop screens films of all lengths, formats and genres, including documentaries, animation, experimental works, political film and video and long and short narrative fiction. But the thread that connects all our films is that rather than focus on grandiose topics or artistic abstractions, Rooftop Films shows movies that explore single moments in time and place; personal films that show us where and how you live, and do so with intelligence and daring and in any genre, at any length and in ways and in settings most people would never imagine.

In May 2017 we will celebrate our 21st year of bringing the best independent films in the world outdoors and to the rooftops of New York. Submit your films and videos and participate in one of the most unforgettable, unique, filmmaker-friendly, independent film events in the world.


Visit rooftopfilms.com in order to look at the past season's selections and read more about our film festival.

ORGANIZERS

Daniel Nuxoll (Program Director); Daniel Nuxoll (Program Director); Dominic Davis; Dominic Davis

GENERAL RULES

2017 ROOFTOP FILMS SUMMER SERIES
SUBMISSION RULES & GUIDELINES

Phone: (718) 417-7362 or email *submit*at*rooftopfilms*dot*com*


I. Eligibility
• Rooftop Films accepts submissions of any length.

• Submissions can be of any genre or category.

• Submissions must be in English or have English subtitles and there must be a preview AND screening copy available in English or with English subtitles, with the exception of music videos and films without dialogue.

• If your film is accepted, Rooftop generally screens digital files but we can often assist filmmakers in making transfers from other types of masters if necessary. Unfortunately at this time, we do not screen DCPs

• Rooftop Films accepts films of any length, format or genre. We are always in search of films that break down boundaries or feature innovative, personal, eccentric or hilariously innovative takes on old forms. We love animation of all forms, personal and political documentaries, satire, narrative comedies and drama, experimental and abstract films, found footage, detritus from the digital revolution and every other form of film or video art and entertainment. We screen hundreds of short and feature length films each summer and work tirelessly year round to bring these films to new audiences.

II. Categories
•Fiction Feature - Fiction films are features length films, fifty minutes and longer. The film can be from any genre and in any format. We screen dozens of feature length films each summer on Rooftops and various scenic locations all over New York. Animated films are included in this category.

•Fiction Short - Fiction shorts are short films 49 minutes and under. The film can be from any genre and in any format. We screen more than a 100 short films each summer on Rooftops and various scenic locations all over New York. Animated films are included in this category.

•Documentary Feature - Documentary Features are non-fiction feature length films, fifty minutes and longer. We search for films that are innovative, and original. We accept all forms of documentaries from political to personal documentaries, found footage, essay films, experimental non-fiction, hybrid films, animated doc and just about any other type of film that might be considered a documentary by even the loosest definition. We screen dozens of feature length documentaries each summer on Rooftops and various scenic locations all over New York.

•Documentary Short - Documentary Short, are non-fiction short films, 49 minutes and under. We accept all forms of documentaries from political to personal documentaries, found footage, essay films, experimental non-fiction, hybrid films, animated doc and just about any other type of film that might be considered a documentary by even the loosest definition. We screen hundreds of short documentaries each summer on rooftops and various scenic locations all over New York.


III. Deadlines, Fees and Notification

All filmmakers who submit a film to Rooftop will receive TWO free passes to any single regularly priced ($15) Rooftop Films show. We couldn't have our festival without filmmakers, and even though we can't show all of your films, we hope you can participate in the festival even if your film isn't accepted. The tickets are transferable (in case you don't live in New York).

• To ensure that your film will be considered for the 2017 Summer Series your film must be postmarked on or before the applicable deadline. All films received late WILL be considered for the 2018 Summer Series. All on-time submissions for 2016 will be notified of their status in Spring of 2017 (all fees are in U.S. dollars ONLY, foreign currency cannot be accepted):


Deadlines
Earlybird: Postmarked by December 2, 2016
Regular: Postmarked by January 13, 2017
Late: Postmarked by February 10, 2017
Withoutabox Extended: February 24, 2017

• You can apply for a fee or deadline waiver at any time by emailing Rooftop Films Festival at submit *at* rooftopfilms *dot* com.

• The recommended submission fee can be paid online via Without A Box.

• The submission fee need only be paid once per filmmaker or curator. If you are a filmmaker you may submit up to five of your own films per year. If you are a curator, programmer, producer, or are submitting on behalf of a collective or non-profit organization you may submit as many as 25 films per year.

• No films will be turned away due to lack of funds.

• All filmmakers will receive notification, whether or not their film is chosen to screen as part of the summer series. Notifications will be sent out on or before May 15th. Please DO NOT contact us prior to that date to find out whether or not your film has been received. We do not have a large enough staff to respond to such inquiries.

IV. Previews & Entry Form

• Rooftop accepts submissions via online secure links or NTSC DVD (any region) and BluRay. We prefer that filmmakers submit via an online link whenever possible.


• Preview DVDs WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Please DO NOT send a self-addressed stamped envelope. DO NOT send a master tape as a preview copy.

• If your film is accepted, we will get a master tape from you, and will mail back masters at our expense.

• Please write or print your name, email, phone number, and the name of the film directly on the DVD.

• Mail all submissions to:
Rooftop Films
232 3rd St.
Suite E-106
Brooklyn, NY 11215

V. Screening Rights
•.Rooftop Films will not screen any films without the expressed consent of the filmmakers.

VI. Attending the Festival
• Any filmmaker who submits a film for the 2017 Summer Series shall receive free admission for 2 to any single regularly priced 2017 Summer Series screening, whether or not your film is accepted (some exceptions apply)

• Any filmmaker whose work is accepted as part of the 2017 Summer Series shall receive free admission for 2 to ALL of the regularly priced 2017 Summer Series screenings (some exceptions apply)

• If your work is accepted as part of the 2017 Summer Series we would love for you to be able to attend the screening of your work. Rooftop Films provides transportation support to all feature filmmakers.

VII. Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund
• No part of the Summer Series is competitive, as we hope to foster a mutually beneficial community of filmmakers, programmers and filmgoers. However, any artist whose work is selected to screen in any capacity becomes eligible to apply each year to the Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund which awards grants every year to be put toward future films and videos. To read more about our grants, visit http://rooftopfilms.com/produce.html


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Screening Rights
-Should your work be selected to be part of the Rooftop Films Summer Series, Rooftop Films reserves the right to screen your film at any Rooftop screening throughout the summer, between the dates of May 20th and August 30th, 2017.

-After August 30th, 2017, Rooftop Films shall not screen any submitted films without the expressed consent of the filmmaker.

Rooftop Films Summer Series is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The filmmaker shall indemnify and hold harmless Rooftop Films Summer Series 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.