Deep Focus Film Festival aims to foster an environment in which independent filmmakers can better understand the audience’s reactions to their work. We don’t simply accept films and pit them in a fight to the death for an award and prize money (although there is that as well).

Our goal is to give each film screened a thorough and thoughtful response from a professional filmmaker. We understand that each of you have invested your time and creative efforts turning your ideas into reality, and we would like to reward that effort with the respect it deserves.

As to the films we accept….suffice it to say we are looking for the good ones. In a time where far more content is created than can be watched, ask yourself this question; “Does my film meet the standard that I hold other filmmakers to in order to capture my attention?” If the answer is “no,” then I suggest some other festival.

This may be our first year but make no mistake— we are prepared to throw a unique and intimate event, the likes of which you have never experienced on the festival circuit. Our Williamsburg, Brooklyn venue, EZLOVER, sports a full bar, kitchen and a cozy private space for the screenings. Stay tuned for more news on our premiere event as the dates draw closer.

Deep Focus Film Festival hosts a live screening in front of an audience consisting of film fans, industry personnel, and of course our hand selected jury, responsible for selecting films for awards. These screenings will showcase the top films submitted, and provide the optimal venue for selection of our Jury Award winners.

Generally, the films that are selected as finalists will be among those screened at the festival, but the lineup and screening selection may vary. Semi-finalists will not screen unless otherwise notified. However, they will receive a laurel for promotional use.

CATEGORY AWARDS
best live-action feature
best animated feature
best documentary feature
best live-action short
best animated short
best drama short
best comedy short
best documentary short
best music video
best experimental film

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
best director
best cinematography
best screenplay
best music
best sound design
best actor
best actress
best supporting actor
best supporting actress
best editing
best production design

JUDGING STATUS DEADLINES
In order for us to properly judge each film, it may take some time for the submissions to be decided. This means that the judgment status on your film usually won't be updated until two weeks after the final submission deadline closes. Although this may seem like a long wait, rest assured it's because we are taking our time and are carefully judging each and every eligible submission.

FEATURE
-Films must be 40 minutes or more (including credits, max 180 min).
-Films must be made within 36 months prior to the date the project is submitted.
-Films must be submitted with a private link (Self Hosted, VIMEO, youtube or a
-Filmfreeway screening file.) other formats are currently not accepted.
-Any submissions with non-English dialogue or text must be submitted with English subtitles.
-Films must not be available for FREE viewing (Video On Demand is perfectly fine) to audiences either online or on any other platform (public festival screenings are perfectly fine).
-Quality standards must be met. below 720p resolution, poor audio quality, and/ or extensively sub-par production quality will not be considered.
-Films that have already won or been nominated for an award through our festival cannot be entered again.

SHORT
-Films must be 40 minutes or less (including credits).
-Films must be made within 36 months prior to the date the project is submitted.
-Films must be submitted with a private link (Self Hosted, VIMEO, youtube or a Filmfreeway screening file.) other formats are currently not accepted.
-Any submissions with non-English dialogue or text must be submitted with English subtitles.
-Films must not be available for FREE viewing (Video On Demand is perfectly fine) to audiences either online or on any other platform (public festival screenings are perfectly fine).
-Quality standards must be met. below 720p resolution, poor audio quality, and/ or extensively sub-par production quality will not be considered.
-Films that have already won or been nominated for an award through our festival cannot be entered again.

MUSIC VIDEO
-Music videos must be 10 minutes or less (total runtime).
-Music videos must be made within 36 months prior to the date the project is submitted.
content must be submitted with a private link (Self Hosted, VIMEO, youtube or a Filmfreeway screening file.) other formats are currently not accepted.
-CAN be publicly available to audiences either online or on any other platform.
-Quality standards must be met. below 720p resolution, poor audio quality, and/ or extensively sub-par production quality will not be considered.
-Music videos that have already won or been nominated for an award through our festival cannot be entered again.

OTHER
-TV/web pilots must be 45 minutes or less (including credits). Experimental works must be 40 minutes or less (including credits).
-Content must be made within 36 months prior to the date the project is submitted.
-Content must be submitted with a private link (Self Hosted, VIMEO, youtube or a Filmfreeway screening file.) other formats are currently not accepted.
-Any submissions with non-English dialogue or text must be submitted with English subtitles.
-Content must not be available for FREE viewing (Video On Demand is perfectly fine) to audiences either online or on any other platform (public festival screenings are perfectly fine).
-Quality standards must be met. below 720p resolution, poor audio quality, and/ or extensively sub-par production quality will not be considered.
-Content that has already won or been nominated for an award through our festival cannot be entered again.