Auntyland Film Festival (AFF) is a community, volunteer-driven event devoted to short films by and for women and diverse communities. Based in Tribeca, NYC, the Festival's online screenings will open, on March 8, 2022, International Women's Day, and run through Women's History Month, March 8-31, 2022.
While we welcome diverse and inclusive artists, we are the only film festival to champion diverse women 50 and older, through programs inspired by the spirit and values of NYC's diverse cultures. Founded during the Covid19 pandemic, AFF is excited to move forward with its March 2022 Festival.
Originally conceived as a hybrid festival with online and in-person events and programs, the Festival will collaborate on local NYC programs such as multidisciplinary panels, film screenings, live performances, and food & cultural events. Exact dates, venue footprint, and in-person event structure are all subject to change based on the realities of producing a safe and accessible film festival.
Special Outreach: Auntyland.com operates at the intersection of identity, gender, and age. Therefore, AFF supports, encourages, and champions the work of 'Advanced Humans.' All filmmakers who have 'advanced' to the age of 50 + years and more, 'late bloomers', and other advanced humans are welcome.
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) filmmakers and creatives are also championed and encouraged to submit their work to the Festival.
Our goal is to discover and showcase talented filmmakers and help promote their work!
A distinguished Selections Committee of professional creatives will select the films for the Festival and the top film awards. All award winners will receive a cash prize. In addition, the People's Choice Awards will go to the films that received the most public votes.
Award criteria are simple: quality and integrity! The Festival looks for creativity, script originality, cinematography, photography, graphics, design, acting, editing, special effects, set design, costumes, music, and sound design. The Festival looks for under-represented stories that are compelling, inspiring, and entertaining. Comedies must be funny!
Award categories may include Best Narrative, Documentary, Animations, Experimental, Comedy, Food/Cooking, Gardening/Home, Pet/Animal story, Climate Change / Sustainability, 'Made in New York,' 'Only in New York' stories, and LGBTQ themes.
Films previously exhibited publicly—either theatrically, via television, VOD, or internet broadcast—are eligible for submission. Festival participation does not disqualify submissions to the Festival.
All filmmakers must provide accurate and complete information when submitting to the Festival including the following specifications:
• Filmmaker name, email, mailing address (city, state, ZIP code), phone number
• Production credits
• Film language
• Run time, 20 minutes or less. Full-length films will be considered for special community event screenings, after the festival.
Incomplete application/entry forms will not be accepted and will need to be re-submitted.
Entry fees are not refundable.
You may submit any number of titles; however, a separate entry form, preview copy, and entry fee are required for each title. Rough cuts or works-in-progress are accepted and reviewed. However, filmmakers are urged to submit as close to the final cut as possible.
You must accept full responsibility for the content and obtain proper rights to all content in your submitted work.
The Festival's marketing campaign may include awards announcements and features in world-class and industry media.
All submitted work must be easily accessed through www.FilmFreeway.com.
All entrants will be notified of the Festival’s decision by February 24, 2022.