Awards & Prizes

Awards from our sponsors for various categories include a sales agency consultation, an opt-in distribution offer, Script Writing Software, Budgeting and Scheduling Software, and various digital subscriptions.

Prizes awarded to participating filmmakers will include unique handmade statuettes in the following categories:

Audience awards for both short and feature length films
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay
Best Actor/Actress
Best Supporting Actor/Actress
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation/Experimental/Music Video
Best Editing
Best Sound
Best Make-up & FX
Must See Web-Series

Rules & Terms

Entry Rules and Regulations

1. Objectives: Our Mission is to celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival to support the development and expand the audience reach of independent cinema from around the globe

2. Dates: Festival of Cinema NYC will take place from August 6, 2021 to August 15, 2021

3. Programs: Films will be considered for inclusion in the following programmatic categories

Narrative Feature
Documentary Feature
Narrative Short (40 min or under)
Documentary Short (40 min or under)
Animation
Experimental
Foreign Feature
Web-Series
Music Video

4. Competitions:

Audience Award

Audience Award for Best Feature Film
Audience Award for Best Short Film

Jury Prizes

Best Narrative Feature Competition
Best Narrative Short Competition
Best Documentary Feature Competition
Best Documentary Short Competition
Best Animated/Experimental/Music video Competition
Best Web-Series Competition
Best Director Competition
Best Actor/Actress Competition
Best Supporting Actor/Actress Competition
Best Editing Competition
Best Sound Competition
Best Screenplay Competition
Best Cinematography Competition
Best Make-up & FX Competition

5. Submission Guidelines

A. Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), FilmFreeway Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film. The Festival will not consider trailers or rough edits for selection purposes.

Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

i. Be available to screen by August 5, 2021. Filmmakers must provide Festival of Cinema NYC with a clean, clear print for projection. While DCP format is preferred and highly recommended, filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in acceptable HD digital formats (MUST be professionally authored). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening location, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.

ii. Not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to August 15, 2021.

iii. Be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.

iv. Have been completed production within 2018-2021.

v. Multiple web series episodes will be considered as a whole. Exhibition copy shall not differ from originally submitted materials. Incomplete exhibition copies may be disqualified.

vi. Films previously submitted to the festival and not programmed will only be considered for the 2021 Festival if they meet all the other eligibility requirements as outlined here, and only if it has changed significantly from the previous version submitted.

vii. DCP copies must be received by Simple DCP (NOT postmarked), by July 9th, 2021.

viii. Hard copy exhibition copies must be received at our New York office address (NOT postmarked), by July 9th, 2021.

ix. Filmmakers whose exhibition materials are not received by the deadline will be subject to any and all expenses that may arise due to express shipping costs.

Deadlines: Early submission is strongly encouraged with reduced entry fees until November 11, 2020. Final submission deadline is April 13, 2021. The Festival is not obliged to view late entries.

D. Entry Fee Schedule:
All entry fees must accompany your submission for consideration into the Festival.

FEATURE FILMS (40 minutes and above, fiction or non-fiction)
Early Deadline for all Entries From September 29, 2020 – November 11, 2020
$45.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From November 12, 2020 – February 10, 2021
$60.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 11, 2021 – March 10, 2021
$75.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 14, 2021
$90.00

SHORT FILMS (40 minutes or less)
Early Deadline for all Entries From September 29, 2020 – November 11, 2020
$35.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From November 12, 2020 – February 10, 2021
$50.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 11, 2021 – March 10, 2021
$65.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 14, 2021
$80.00

WEB SERIES (40 minutes or less)
Early Deadline for all Entries From September 29, 2020 – November 11, 2020
$35.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From November 12, 2020 – February 10, 2021
$50.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 11, 2021 – March 10, 2021
$65.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 14, 2021
$80.00

MUSIC VIDEOS (10 minutes or less)
Early Deadline for all Entries From September 29, 2020 – November 11, 2020
$30.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From November 12, 2020 – February 10, 2021
$45.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 11, 2021 – March 10, 2021
$60.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 14, 2020
$75.00

STUDENT FEATURE FILMS (must provide photocopy of current student ID)
Early Deadline for all Entries From September 29, 2020 – November 11, 2021
$40.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From November 12, 2021 – February 10, 2021
$55.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 11, 2021 – March 10, 2021
$70.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 14, 2021
$85.00

STUDENT SHORT FILMS & WEB SERIES (must provide photocopy of current student ID)
Early Deadline for all Entries From September 29, 2020 – November 11, 2020
$30.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From November 12, 2020 – February 10, 2021
$45.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 11, 2021 – March 10, 2021
$60.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 14, 2021
$75.00

STUDENT MUSIC VIDEOS (must provide photocopy of current student ID)
Early Deadline for all Entries From September 29, 2020 – November 11, 2020
$25.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From November 12, 2020 – February 10, 2021
$40.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 11, 2021 – March 10, 2021
$55.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 14, 2021
$70.00

Submission Materials:

Mail all submissions to:
Festival of Cinema NYC
ATTN: Submissions
90-60 Union TPKE ste. 8A
Glendale, NY 11385

Send a printed copy of your completed Entry Form.

ii. A clearly marked DVD (NTSC) or Blu Ray Region (0 or 1) of your completed film, labeled with title, tracking number, running time and screening format. We also accept FilmFreeway online screeners and Vimeo links, but we require ALL submissions to be registered with one of our submission platforms. We cannot return submitted copies of films.

iii. Applicable entry fee submitted

Electronic Press Kits only. Hard copy materials submitted with the films will be discarded.

Selections: Films will be selected and entrants will be notified on or approximately by June 1, 2021.

H. Requirements for Selected Films:
Once an entry has been reviewed and selected for the festival, a preliminary notification letter will be issued by email. All selected applicants will be notified by June 1, 2021. Upon notification, Festival of Cinema NYC may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday August 15, 2021. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of 30 days upon conclusion of the Festival.

Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and Festival of Cinema NYC

J. Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

K Print Liability: Festival of Cinema NYC holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the festival if this requirement is not met. The festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive(s).

Print Shipping:

Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by Festival of Cinema NYC

Prints must be clearly marked with the film’s title and the sender’s return address exactly as listed below.

Festival of Cinema NYC
ATTN: Projection
90-60 union tpke 8A
Glendale, NY 11385
Festival of Cinema NYC does not cover any shipping and handling costs. Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.

Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 30 days after the close of the Festival unless pre-arranged with Festival of Cinema NYC prior to August 1, 2021.

Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

Filmmakers must cover all shipping and handling cost associated with any award statuettes they may have won, unclaimed, at the closing night awards gala.

Festival of Cinema NYC will not be held responsible for any damage to all materials shipped.

For more information please refer to the Festival website at www.festivalofcinemanyc.com or contact the Programmer at:

Festival of Cinema NYC
90-60 Union Tpke
Glendale NY 11385

Phone: (929) 278-5432
Fax (718) 849-3457
info@festivalofcinemanyc.com

TERMS & CONDITIONS

I agree to the following terms and conditions;

– Submission Guidelines –

– Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), FilmFreeway Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film.

– Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

i. be available to screen by August 6, 2021. Filmmakers must provide Festival of Cinema NYC with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP or other acceptable HD digital formats (MUST be professionally authored) at the festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening location, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.

ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to August 15, 2021.

iii. be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.

iv. have been completed production within the 2018-2021.

– Requirements for Selected Films –
Upon notification, Festival of Cinema NYC may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

– in order to qualify for any awards, filmmakers must provide a physical dvd or blu-ray copy of their completed film

Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday, August 15, 2021. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of 30 days upon conclusion of the festival unless otherwise arranged for pickup.

Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and Festival of Cinema NYC.

Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

Print Liability: Festival of Cinema NYC holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive(s).

Print Shipping:
Festival of Cinema NYC does not cover any shipping and handling costs. Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by Festival of Cinema NYC.

Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 30 days after the close of the festival unless pre-arranged with Festival of Cinema NYC prior to August 1, 2021.

Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.

Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

Submission Perks:
i. All submitting filmmakers will receive a one-year Videomaker digital subscription approximately 30 days after the festival’s conclusion.