CineKink will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2023... and we'd love to consider your work for the festivities!

Dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, we are seeking projects that explore and celebrate the wide diversity of sexuality for our NYC-based festival and national screening series.

We’re looking to blur some boundaries and will consider offerings of any length and genre drawn from both the independent film world and the adult, with works ranging from documentary to drama, camp comedy to artsy experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit — and everything in between. Basically, as long as it involves consenting adults, just about anything celebrating sex as a right of self-expression is fair game.

(Far be it from us to define “kink” — if you think your work might make sense in this context, do send it along. Nonetheless, please read ALL guidelines before submitting, and make sure your work fits with our sex-focused niche!!)

Once again, the specially-curated CineKink NYC will include a short film competition, audience choice awards and an adult industry showcase, with a resumption of our national screening tour planned to follow.

Our hope for 2023 is to offer in-person festivities and screenings, as long as it's possible to do so safely and affordably, enhanced by virtual presentations to expand our offerings. We hope you'll be able to join us!

In addition to our annual NYC festival run, presently planned for August 2-6, 2023, we also award and showcase CineKink works as follows:

Features (over 40 minutes):
All submitted feature works selected for competition at CineKink NYC will be eligible to receive an Audience Choice award, as determined by audience balloting.

Shorts (40 minutes and under):
CineKink will present awards to short films and videos identified by our jury as "best" in a variety of categories during the course of the festival. These shorts will be included in the festival's touring showcase to represent the "Best of CineKink" for the year following their award.

Excerpts (5-25 minutes)
CineKink will present awards to excerpted work identified by our audience as their favorite during a special “Bring It!” adult entertainment competition during the festival. Other excerpts may also be eligible, as determined by the festival director, to be included in the best shorts competition. All excerpts programmed for CineKink NYC will be considered eligible for inclusion in the touring showcase and will be selected for that on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the festival director.

Original Digital Series (up to 30 minutes total)
CineKink may present awards to original digital series/episodes identified by our jury as “best” in a variety of categories. These series will be considered for inclusion in the festival’s touring showcase to represent the “Best of CineKink” for the year following their award. All series/episodes programmed for CineKink NYC will be considered eligible for inclusion in the touring showcase and will be selected for that on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the festival director.


Please read ALL rules and guidelines before submitting, and make sure your work fits with our sex-focused niche!! If it’s not clear from your synopsis that it does, please include a comment with your submission as to how it might be a match for us. It is your responsibility to determine whether your work might be appropriate for the festival, and your submission fee is not refundable.

All genres will be considered for inclusion in the festival and there is currently no restriction on production completion dates, as long as your submission is a finished work.

We do not require premiere status for your work to be considered, but we request that you refrain from any public NYC screenings in the month leading up to and including the CineKink festival dates.

Feature works are those longer than 40 minutes; shorts are those works 40 minutes and under.

We will be considering original digital series for inclusion in the festival, with up to three episodes totaling less than 30 minutes counting as a single submission. (Note links for any additional episodes to be considered in your cover letter.)

We also accept 5-25 minute excerpts of longer works, both for general programming and for inclusion in our special “Bring It!” competition showcasing adult entertainment.

Occasionally we ourselves will excerpt longer works for inclusion in a program curated around a particular theme or focus. In these instances, we will consult with you first for permission and help in determining the best excerpt(s) of your work.

By submitting your work to CineKink NYC, you grant CineKink permission to showcase that work in the manner described above, including any applicable tour appearances. Other exhibition opportunities will only occur with prior approval from the rights holders and after receipt of all necessary clearances.

Once a work has been submitted, it may not be withdrawn. We will, however, consider exceptions for instances where inclusion in CineKink NYC may adversely effect a work’s premiere status at another festival. If this is or becomes a possibility, please let us know as soon as possible so we can work with you to avert a potential conflict.

Deadlines are for midnight ET. That’s the time by which you need to send your screener, payment and other materials, and complete your submission.

Payment of entry fee is NOT required from filmmakers whose work has previously screened at CineKink; limit of three entries per filmmaker, submitted by our “regular” deadline (January 16th). If you're eligible for this, you will receive a waiver code via an email that will be sent to all alumni.

We are also happy to consider extending discounts to works that have been featured at a "like-minded," sex-focused festival (ie Berlin PFF, SFPFF, etc). Please contact us for further details.

A completed entry form and an entry fee must accompany each feature, short, excerpt and/or series submitted.

If you aren't uploading your screener via FilmFreeway, it may be submitted online, via a link to a streaming copy (i.e. VHX, Vimeo, or YouTube). Please note any necessary password and update us if it changes.

If you're submitting an excerpt, you may send us the entire work, but indicate start/end times for us to consider.

If you're submitting a series, you may include up to three episodes per entry.

In addition to your entry, please include a log-line description of your work, and a brief synopsis if available. A publicity still or two is also welcome, either online or on disc, high-resolution preferred. Please hold off on sending any additional materials at this time.

Programming decisions are made by the festival director after review by any selection committees/designees. We expect that all film selections will be determined by March 31, 2023 and we will notify all filmmakers, via e-mail, of which films and videos have been selected. A full schedule of the festival, including exact screening times, will be sent out shortly thereafter.

To ensure timely notification, please keep us updated with your current email address, and add the domain “” to any spam filters.

If accepted, the exhibition version of your work, will need to be received on our end by April 14th, 2023.

Specs for digital files are as follows:
Quicktime-wrapped MPEG-4
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 preferred (16:9 or pillar-boxed 4:3)

For the first time, this year we are asking that all exhibition files incorporate captioning, either as a burn-in or as a separate .srt file; or at the very minimum, a transcript of your dialog. (If you need help w/this, please reach out. There are several platforms that enable you to create such a file quite easily and affordably. You do not need to go to great effort or expense!)

We will send additional formatting and delivery instructions with our selection notifications.

For theater/in-person screenings of feature works, we also ask for a DVD or Blu-Ray backup, and can also screen in 35mm, 16mm, Beta SP or mini-DV (NTSC only).

All films selected for CineKink NYC may be briefly excerpted for publicity purposes. CineKink reserves the right to promote any work to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the festival and our organization.

While CineKink does not pay screening fees for submitted work that is programmed during the festival, we do pay royalties for tour appearances where possible. Our primary focus is on producing the best possible vehicle for kink-friendly works and promoting them as widely as possible.

By entering your film or video for consideration, you attest that you are legally authorized to submit the work to CineKink and that all necessary releases, licenses and records have been obtained with respect thereto. You shall indemnify and hold CineKink harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening rescheduling or cancellation, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. CineKink reserves the right to remove a work from festival consideration and/or programming for any reason or for no reason and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal. If your work is accepted, you expressly grant CineKink the non-exclusive right and license to exhibit and utilize your film/video as described in these festival rules.

Overall Rating
  • Ryan Balas

    Love the new venue and the Q&A was super fun. What a playful and vital raw rock n roll energy film fest! Happy to be back in person in NYC. Thanks for the support!

    August 2023
  • Nat Dykeman

    Obviously this is such a fun and unique festival, and Lisa is super nice and committed to the festival!

    August 2023
  • An amazing and fun experience. Our lead actress and writer, Jeni Robins, attended Cinekink and it was everything we hoped it would be when it comes unique experiences. Lisa was a wonderful host and we hope to come back again soon. This is a festival you will always remember and never forget!

    August 2023
  • Was much honored to be selected for this fantastic festival :)
    Communication was great and I wish I could have been there !

    August 2023
  • Great festival! Thanks a lot for the Best Dramatic short award! Although the festival was online the year that my film participated, it had great communication and Lisa was an amazing festival director.

    July 2022