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The Narrative Feature category is for fictional films that run 40 minutes or longer. Animated, Experimental, and Puppetry films that meet these guidel... More
The Narrative Feature category is for fictional films that run 40 minutes or longer. Animated, Experimental, and Puppetry films that meet these guidelines also qualify. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Narrative Feature Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition). Less

The Documentary Feature category is for non-fiction films that run 40 minutes or longer. Animated and Experimental films that meet these guidelines al... More
The Documentary Feature category is for non-fiction films that run 40 minutes or longer. Animated and Experimental films that meet these guidelines also qualify. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Documentary Feature Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition). Less

The Narrative Short category is for fictional films that shorter than 40 minutes. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Narrative ... More
The Narrative Short category is for fictional films that shorter than 40 minutes. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Narrative Short Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition). The winner of the jury award in this category becomes Oscar-Qualified for the Academy Award® for Best Live-Action Short Film. Less

The Documentary Short category is for non-fiction films shorter than 40 minutes. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Documentary... More
The Documentary Short category is for non-fiction films shorter than 40 minutes. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Documentary Short Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition). The winner of this category becomes Oscar-Qualified for the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject. Less

The Animated Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes that feature primarily animated content or stop-motion animation. Films submitted to ... More
The Animated Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes that feature primarily animated content or stop-motion animation. Films submitted to this category will be eligible for our Animated Short Competition (acceptance to the festival does not guarantee inclusion in Competition). The winner of this category becomes Oscar-Qualified for the Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film. Less

The Experimental Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes. Films submitted in this category will be eligible only for Experimental programm... More
The Experimental Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes. Films submitted in this category will be eligible only for Experimental programming. Our Experimental programming highlights avant-garde short films that go beyond form and function. These films often reject traditional narrative structure and filmmaking tools, and seek to convey a meaning or story through a unconventional and often abstract application of the film medium. Experimental films (with few exceptions) do not have the linear, conventional story structure that you would find in narrative or documentary shorts. If your film does not heavily employ abstract or non-narrative tools, it may not belong in this category. For examples of experimental work, see the filmography of Shirley Clarke, Stan Brakhage, or Hollis Frampton. Contact us if you’re unsure whether your project belongs in this category. Less

The Music Video category is for original music videos (an official reel, a visual accompaniment and/or representation of a piece of music that’s... More
The Music Video category is for original music videos (an official reel, a visual accompaniment and/or representation of a piece of music that’s generally 1-10 minutes in length) and music films (musically structured narrative, experimental, documentary or animated shorts that are no longer than 20 minutes). Songs must be the ORIGINAL composition of the band or musician featured in the video. Covers will not be considered. Less

The Puppetry Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes that feature live-action puppetry primarily but not necessarily exclusively. Stop-mot... More
The Puppetry Short category is for films shorter than 40 minutes that feature live-action puppetry primarily but not necessarily exclusively. Stop-motion films belong in the Animated Short category. Less

Submissions may include pilots or full-length episodes between 1 and 60 minutes long. Formats include television, mini-series and/or webisodes. Be sur... More
Submissions may include pilots or full-length episodes between 1 and 60 minutes long. Formats include television, mini-series and/or webisodes. Be sure to note any additional or upcoming episodes (with approximate run-times). Less

The Family Friendly Feature category is for narrative or documentary films that run 40 minutes or longer and are geared towards children under 12. If ... More
The Family Friendly Feature category is for narrative or documentary films that run 40 minutes or longer and are geared towards children under 12. If you have a specific age recommendation, please note this in your submission. Less

Please submit a 360-enabled Vimeo/YouTube screener, or both a 360 screener and download link. Downloadable films will be viewed on an HMD (likely Gear... More
Please submit a 360-enabled Vimeo/YouTube screener, or both a 360 screener and download link. Downloadable films will be viewed on an HMD (likely Gear VR). For interactive works, please send a video of the project (no builds please). Less

As part of our annual Food on Film spotlight, we are accepting features or shorts of any genre whose primary subject matter is food or drink. The food... More
As part of our annual Food on Film spotlight, we are accepting features or shorts of any genre whose primary subject matter is food or drink. The food or drink must be heavily featured on screen in the film and play a pivotal role in the plot/subject matter. Less


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