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18-Apr-2014 8:39am PDT  


Northside DIY Film Competition

5 Annual June 16, 2014 to June 19, 2014

Film Market
Submit Online
45 Main Street
Suite 806
Brooklyn NY 11201
Phone: 7185863462 x112
Fax: 7185963662

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.

A feature film must be longer than 60 minutes, with a maximum budget of $100k.
A short must be under 20 minutes.

Northside Festival's goal is to showcase the best regional, national and global talent all within the walkable radius encompassed by Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

For the past four years, Northside Film has partnered with organizations to present some of the best Brooklyn Premieres, repertory picks, documentaries and independent narratives at five unique venues in North Brooklyn: Nitehawk Cinema, Union Docs, Videology, indieScreen and the Wythe Hotel. Past curatorial partners include Magnolia Pictures, IFC, Rooftop Films, Hammer to Nail, IFP, Oscilloscope, Filmmaker Magazine and BAM, among others. Northside Film also includes a DIY Competition in support of local and international independent filmmakers.

As a component of a premier discovery festival, Northside Film provides a platform for both emerging voices in the filmmaking community and established filmmakers who contribute an innovative vision to the craft. We present films in the following buckets: Documentary, Local Filmmakers and Brooklyn Premieres (this includes foreign films and independent narratives making their Brooklyn debut). We place a special emphasis on showcasing the work of LGBTQ filmmakers and incorporating music-centric films into our program.

In 2010 Northside Film introduced the Northside DIY Film Competition for short and feature films. The 2014 Winners will receive a prize package totaling over $10,000 in value, including: complimentary filmmaker services at DCTV, a six-month community membership at the Made in NY Media Center, one year of IFP membership (including access to IFP's resources and a subscription to Filmmaker Magazine), as well as a week pass to the 5-day Filmmaker Conference during Independent Film Week, a cash prize
and special event to celebrate the winning short and feature hosted by Northside.

2014 jurors include: Jury Chair Joana Vicente (Executive Director, IFP), Parker Posey, Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange, Keep the Lights On) Matthew Grady (Founder, Factory 25) and Kentucker Audley (Actor, Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Sun Don't Shine, Founder, NoBudge Films)

Past jurors have included: Rosie Perez, Rajendra Roy (Chief Curator of the Department of Film, MoMA), Patricia Kaufman (Executive Director of the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development), Todd P. (DIY Music Curator), Ted Hope (Producer), Ramin Bahrani (Director), Scott Macaulay (Editor, Filmmaker Magazine), Alex Karpovsky (Actor and Director), Terence Nance (Director), Miriam Bale (Critic and Founder, La Di Da Film Festival) and more!

Danielle DiPaolo (Director of Business Development) ; Sarah Lerner (Northside Film Producer)

*Online submissions are preferred
*Mailed in screener format must be DVD. Preview DVD’s should be clearly labelled with the title, running time and contact information (name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail.)
*Mailed in submissions should be post-dated March 1, 2014

Please send any related press materials, including electronic press kit, and photos to

Our Submissions Address is:
Northside Film
Attn: Sarah Lerner
45 Main Street #806
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Although due care will be exercised, Northside Film cannot assume any liability for damage to entries. All mailed in film submissions must be submitted on DVD to be considered for selection. Photos will not be returned & may be used for any festival promotions. Films with distribution are not eligible for any competition. Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English. Jury Award and audience award winners will be announced at Northside Film Closing Night. Prizes will be given out at our special Northside Film Screening event. One award or prize will be given to the individual designated on the official entry form.