Festival of Cinema NYC Filmmaker Guidelines 2020



Dear Filmmaker,

Welcome to the 2020 Festival of Cinema NYC! The entire staff of Festival of Cinema NYC would like to thank and congratulate you. Thank you for being patient and believing in us as we literally fought to get this year’s event to be held as a LIVE EVENT. We look forward to having you participate in our upcoming FIRST EVER Drive-In film festival! Because we recently got the greenlight to hold this year’s event, we will be working at an incredibly fast pace. Please be sure to check your emails frequently and get us the materials we need BY THE DATE STATED. We’ve worked out a system that will allow us to work most efficiently, so we ask that you please only send us materials that we ask for, when we ask for them – in other words, don’t send us your marketing materials, a download of your film, etc all at once. We let you know when to send it!

Don’t forget to download your Official Selection Laurels located below. (To download simply click on the image or download button [the image will look BLACK] and right click your mouse to save image.) Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @FestofCinemaNYC for the latest updates regarding the festival.

**You can now announce your film’s participation in the Festival! Just remember to tag us.

Below are the instructions for selected films. It’s very important that you take action immediately and complete the steps below by SUNDAY SEPT 30th, as tickets are scheduled to go on sale TUESDAY Sept. 1st. Failure to complete the steps below in a timely manner may force us to withdraw your film from the festival and make your slot available to runner-up films.

Festival of Cinema NYC Drive-IN 2020

October 1st – 4th 2020

Taking place at St. John’s University Queens Campus



1: Confirm your participation

If you haven’t already, please confirm your participation in the festival.  You can verify your participation by filling out the FILMMAKER QUESTIONNAIRE BY CLICKING HERE

By filling out the Questionnaire you are confirming that you agree to show your film and that a screening copy will be available during the festival.

NOTE: Festival of Cinema does not accept films that require screening fees.


Festival of Cinema does not provide airfare or hotel accommodations. Look out for announcements about housing and hotel discounts that may become available through sponsors and partners.

2: Filmmakers Webpage Requirements

Please submit the following materials by SUNDAY AUGUST 30th, for webpage inclusion, to Programming@FestivalofCinemaNYC.com.

» Always enter THE FILM TITLE in the subject of all emails to the festival!

72 dpi vertical image no larger than 700px ht. X 500px w


72 dpi horizontal image no larger than 500px ht X 667px w (preferred)


For each film selected for the festival, Festival of Cinema publishes detailed info on their website. If changes are needed to the info already posted on your film’s page, email a detailed description of the changes you would like to have made.

 For changes within a block of text such as the synopsis, the crew, the cast, or the bio, email the entire new corrected block and not just the changes.

  • Trailers will be posted across our social media platforms to promote your film, in addition to having it placed on the website, so if you have a trailer please make sure to get it to us!


3: Materials for Press

See PR FAQ tab for further instructions


4: Projection copy

You will be notified when to send us a copy of your film. (However if you need to send us physical media (hard copy dvd/blu-ray, thumbdrive, etc.), please send them to us ASAP!)

Because this year’s festival is taking place on an outdoor screen, we will not be able to project DCP files. All files MUST BE in the form a Downloadable High Definition file no larger than 30GB. We accept most common video formats including .MLV, MP4, .MOV, .AVI, and Pro Res. WE DO NOT accept screening/streaming links for exhibition.

We ask that if possible you send us a back up  Blu-ray or DVD (not SR) by courier to:

Festival of Cinema NYC
Attn: Print Traffic
90-60 Union Turnpike, Suite 8A
Glendale, NY 11385
T: +1 929.278.KGFC (5432)

5: Awards Nominations

Because of the nature of this year’s event, ALL FILMS will be considered for awards. Winners of prizes and statuettes will be notified by email after October 4th, 2020 (and not later than Nov. 15th)



All inquiries regarding exhibiting your film (marketing materials, file formats, etc.) may be directed to Programming@FestivalofCinemaNYC.com

If you have any questions about the festival (dates, times, directions to location, etc.) please email Info@FestivalofCinemanyc.com.


Thanks again for believing in us. We look forward to screening your film!

Jayson Simba, Founder/Executive Director

Festival of Cinema NYC


Press FAQs

Dear Festival of Cinema NYC Filmmakers,

Greetings from the Festival of Cinema NYC Press Office, and congratulations on your film’s selection in the festival! Our mission is publicize the festival’s overall film program and events and create amazing buzz leading up to and during the festival.

There are some very important protocols to follow. To help you, we’ve created Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that will guide you:


Q: What Materials do filmmakers need to send and by when?

Because of the nature of this year’s event, we will only be accepting DIGITAL MATERIALS. If you have a press kit please email it to Press@FestivalofCinemaNYC.com

Q: When can a filmmaker and/or their publicists start to publicize and promote that their films have been accepted into Festival of Cinema?

A: You can begin publicizing and promoting your film’s acceptance into Festival of Cinema NYC with press and on social media (using #FestivalofCinemaNYC and tagging us @FestofCinemaNYC) IMMEDIATELY. Please be aware that tickets to this year’s event will go on sale on our website and Eventbrite page starting on TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1st. At that time our website will be updated with the 2020 line-up and showtimes.

Q: What if your film has distribution and will eventually have theatrical release? Will Festival of Cinema submit your film for full reviews?

A: Festival of Cinema DOES NOT submit individual films for the sole purpose of promoting your film outside the festival. Festival of Cinema NYC only submits screeners of its films to local news dailies & weeklies, TV & Radio, and online/blogs for festival curtain raisers (which are essentially capsule reviews or festival highlights/picks) and other feature coverage about the festival. Our Official Press Release announcing the film line-up (see Question above) will have a note in it that says “All films are embargoed for full reviews. Only capsule reviews, curtain raisers, festival highlights/picks and features will be permitted.” It will be up to you as the filmmaker and/or your publicist (if you have one) if you want certain press outlets to review your film in full.

Q: How do press receive accreditation to attend and cover Festival of Cinema?

A: Online pre-registration is required and is admissible up to one week prior the start of the festival. Accreditation is by no means immediate and is subject to the approval of festival organizers. If a press accreditation request is approved, that person applying will be notified by email with confirmation and their press badge will be available for pick up during the festival. For press accreditation please CLICK HERE

Q: Does Festival of Cinema have an Accredited Press List that we share with filmmakers/publicists?

A: Yes! This list consists of only press who have pre-registered for press accreditation (see above) and have been approved to attend the festival for their press coverage purposes. The Press Accreditation list will become available upon request to our filmmakers and/or their publicists. We kindly ask you to keep all press contact information confidential, and be respectful of journalists and film critics when pitching for your targeted coverage purposes.

Q: Will there be any advanced press screenings for films showing at Festival of Cinema NYC?

A: No, there will not be any advanced press screenings for Festival of Cinema NYC.

Q: Does Festival of Cinema arrange for any interviews for the filmmakers/actors/subjects, etc?

A: No, but we will forward any interviews requests directly to you or your publicist for you to arrange and coordinate yourselves. The KGFC Press Office pitches the overall festival program and events to maximize exposure and build buzz in advance of and during the festival by procuring curtain raisers (festival preview features) and capsule reviews/film picks/highlights with local media including print dailies & weeklies, TV & Radio, and online/blogs.

Q: What is the official name of the festival?

Correct: Festival of Cinema NYC

Incorrect: Forest Hills Film Festival; Drive-In at St. John’s; St. John’s Film Festival


We’re very excited to have you at Festival of Cinema and look forward to meeting you all soon!

Best regards,


Brian Geldin, Publicist

Festival of Cinema


The 2020 Festival of Cinema NYC Drive-In runs for 4 days: from Thursday, October 1st through Sunday, October 4th. 

Tickets will be available for purchase starting on Tuesday Sept. 1st by visiting our website or Eventbrite.com.



St. John’s University Queens Campus

where: 8000 Utopia Pkwy, Jamaica, NY 11439

when: October 1st  through October 4th

How to attend: Vehicles will have to enter through GATE 4 on Union Tpke and 175th street. (driving directions will be provided on our website)


Festival Filmmaker Badges

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 State and City regulations, in order to keep our event ‘contactless’ we will not be able to distribute any physical materials including filmmaker badges, program guides, etc. This year everything needs to be digital.

Attending filmmakers will be allowed entrance to the event FREE OF CHARGE, and cannot have more than 5 Occupants in their vehicle.

Press & Industry tickets:

If you are inviting press representatives to attend your screening, forward the list (name & company) to Press@FestivalofCinemaNYC.com and we will add them to the press & industry list. (Must meet the festival & press accreditation criteria)

» Always enter THE FILM TITLE in the subject of all emails to the festival!




  • Tel +1 (929) 278.KGFC (5432)

  • Fax +1 (718) 849.3457



For all packages the mailing address is the following:

Festival of Cinema NYC

90-60 Union Turnpike, Suite 8A

Glendale, New York 11385


Any unused press materials may be picked up at the festival office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday August 10, 2019. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of 30 days upon conclusion of the Festival.

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.

Filmmakers who wish to have their blu-ray, dvd or small drive returned must include a self addressed stamped envelope.

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 ceremony.

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


For all foreign films:

Make sure you write the following notice on the package/invoice: “VIDEO/FILM FOR FESTIVAL PURPOSES ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE”.

2020 Festival of Cinema NYC Official Selection Laurels

Download your 2020 festival laurels here.