The EQUUS Film Festival is the world’s premier showcase for domestic and international Equestrian Content feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos, commercials, training and educational materials, art and literature.

The OFFICIAL Theater and Pop-Up Gallery location is:

HELEN MILLS Theater - 137-139 W 26th St - New York, New York, NY 10001
Tickets will be available at this link starting MARCH 1, 2018:

The OFFICIAL Hotel for the EFF18 will be Holiday Inn Manhattan 6th Ave Chelsea 125 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001 reservations 212-430-8500. They will be offering Group Rates to filmmakers and festival attendees after MARCH 1, 2018. This hotel is just a few doors away from the theater and is a very short walk, no taxis needed!

The back-up hotel for the EFF18 will be Four Points Manhattan Chelsea they will also have special room rates available for our guest. Located at 60 West 25th Street, New York, NY, 10001, reservations 212-627-1888. A short walk around just a block from the theater, this hotel is set up to take care of our festival attendees.

All submissions must include a private online screener through


Awards & Prizes


Espana Silk Grooming Products - $300 Product Voucher

OMEGA FIELDS, Inc Products Voucher - $140 Value
Omega Horseshine 4.5 lb
Omega Nibblers Low Sugar & Sugar 3.5 lb
Omega SureGut 2 lb canister
Mega Omega 2 lb
Omega Fields large zippered totes

REDMOND EQUINE Product Voucher - $150 Value
1 Case of REDMOND ROCK on a Rope
I pouch of Daily Gold
1 Redmond Equine Hat

The EFF jury will present the WINNIE Awards to films and videos selected as best in category.
WINNIE Award & Assorted Prizes

WINNIE AWARDS PRESENTED FOR FILM: (list subject to change without notice)
Equestrian Music Video
Equestrian Music Video – Short
Equestrian Music Video – Full Length
Wild Horse Music Video
Hobby Equestrian Documentary
Equestrian Commercial – Art
Equestrian Commercial – Mini
Equestrian Commercial – Short
Equestrian Commercial – Full Length
Equestrian Commercial – Documentary Format
Equestrian Commercial - Series
Equestrian Commercial - International
Equestrian Animation
Equestrian Series – Short
Equestrian Series – International
Equestrian Series – Documentary Format
Equestrian Series Western
Equestrian Children’s Film
Equestrian Children’s Film - International
Wild Horse – Narrative
Wild Horse – Short
Wild Horse – Documentary – Full Length
Equestrian Documentary – Mini
Equestrian Documentary – Short
Equestrian Documentary – Full Length
Equestrian Documentary – Therapy
Equestrian Educational/Training – English
Equestrian Education/Training – Western
Equestrian Art Film – Mini
Equestrian Film – Mini
Equestrian Film – Short
Equestrian Film – Feature
Equestrian Director - Documentary
Equestrian Director - International Documentary
Equestrian Director - International Short
Equestrian Director - International Feature
Equestrian Director - International Documentary Action
Equestrian Student Film – Adult
Equestrian Photo Journal Western
Equestrian International Documentary - Mini
Equestrian International Documentary - Short
Equestrian Inspirational Documentary - Under 60 Minutes
Equestrian Inspirational Documentary – Over 60 Minutes
Going To The Dogs
Best Of Festival Human Interest
Best Of Festival Horses Helping Humans
Best Of Festival Humans Helping Horses
Best Of Festival Equestrian History
Best Of Festival Equestrian Sports
Best Of Festival Wild Horses
Best Of Festival Equestrian War Horse
Best Of Festival Western
Best Of Festival English
Best Of Festival – International Documentary Over 60 min
Beat Of Festival – International Documentary Under 60 min
Best Of Festival Environmental
Best of Festival Documentary
Horse Hero Award
Festival Directors Choice


Rules & Terms


All information by EFF, whether publicly posted or not, is subject to change without prior notice.
All decisions will be made by the EQUUS Film Festival (EFF) and all EFF decisions are final.
Thank you and “Good Luck” from the EQUUS Film Festival team.

Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form and all applicable entry fees. Entries must be submitted on Blu-Ray or DVD. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Please include a 3-line synopsis of your film. A digital image of your cover art and a minimum of 4 submission copies of your DVD or Blu-Ray are required.

You may send in a DVD that is hand written. We do not select our films based on the packaging.
EFF does accept films that are Works-In-Progress. (this work may be submitted as a trailer)
Only one movie per DVD and only one film per application.
If entering more than one movie, you must submit each separately. Each project is judged solely on its merits.

The Festival requires that all films be submitted additionally via a password-protected streaming URL link. Please prepare this link in advance of beginning your online film entry form. (If you are unable or unwilling to submit your film by URL link, please contact the Festival coordinator to discuss an alternate method of entry).

EFF’s publicity and marketing teams will create a promotional campaign for “Official Selection” films on our FaceBook page. To assist in this campaign, participating filmmakers will be responsible for providing the following materials if selected to participate:
Digital images
Digital Press Kits
NTSC DVD or Blu-Ray media screeners of their film
NTSC DVD or Blu-Ray copy of trailer and film clips
Any other marketing materials you wish to be used to promote your film
Upload film for Film Festival Formatting with password protection
Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter links

ENTRY REGULATIONS: The EFF Programming Committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. Only works completed in 2005 to 2018 are eligible for the competition phase. DVD’s, Blu-Ray’s and any application materials sent to the EFF will not be returned. If confirmed receipt of entry is required, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

You hereby grant EFF the right to utilize any excerpt from your submitted film for promotional purposes. The individual or company submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. By submitting your film to this competition you agree that, if your film is selected by EFF, you grant to EFF a Non-exclusive license to use, display and exhibit your name, trade names, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, still images, moving images, audio sounds, your submitted film, material, information, and/or any other things received by EFF, whether by physical or electronic delivery, publicly, at EFF’s sole discretion to promote, market and advertise the festival. EFF may also use excerpts from trailers of submitted films for promotion, to market and advertise the EFF. You also authorize EFF to place your images and synopsis on our website, Twitter, Pinterest and Face Book pages. Films are reviewed by EFF with the intention of selecting screeners for the EFF and the work will not be divulged to any persons not affiliated with EFF unless first permitted in writing by a legally authorized representative of the work.

You also understand that the Official Selection and WINNIE Award winning entries will be presented at other EFF events, locations, exhibitions and tours throughout 2018 – 2023. Filmmakers are always welcome and encouraged to join us at these events.

LIABILITY: Although every possible care will be taken with DVD’s, Blu-Ray’s, and films while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original media. Please keep the EFF notified of any address/phone number changes.

EXHIBITION FORMATS: Acceptable exhibition formats vary by venue and may include (but are not necessarily limited to) DVD and/or Blu-Ray disc and Video Files. The festival requests DVD and/or Blu-Ray disc back-up copies to accompany all exhibition formats. By entering your film, you agree to work with EFF to provide compatible exhibition format(s) and back-ups.

If your film contains any copyrighted material (music for example) the filmmaker will be responsible for securing all the licensing rights.
Upon entering your film in the EQUUS Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the EFF constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the EFF.

Checks or money orders must be made payable to “EQUUS Film Festival”.
Opening Date – January 1, 2018
Early Bird Deadline – February 14, 2018 - $50
Regular Deadline – May 16, 2018 - $75
Final/Late Deadline – June 30, 2018 - $100
Notification Date – September 16, 2018
Event Date – November 16-18, 2018
ALL Entry Dates Subject To Change Without Notice

Fees are (non-refundable) – Credit Card payments have additional fees for processing.
• Fees for entries from outside the United States must be paid by international bank draft/money order payable from a U.S. bank, PayPal or FilmFreeway.
• You can also pay with credit card using PayPal. PayPal users – we will send you an invoice.
• Credit Card and PayPal payments have an additional fees for processing.

Cost of shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. DVDs must be sent to the festival prepaid. C.O.D.'S will be refused. All DVD's/Blu-Rays must be labeled with the title of the entry, running time, and the name of the director.
The EFF cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.

Submit ALL Films Online to FilmFreeway:
EQUUS Film Festival - c/o Lisa Diersen / 42W580 Empire Road / St Charles, Illinois / 60175 USA

Please note: Do not use registered or certified mail.
Use First class, Priority, Airmail or Media Mail. FedEx, UPS and DHL also accepted.

All entries must include the following:
(1) An official EFF18 online entry form, properly completed. (Please mail hard copy)
(2) As applicable, a password protected streaming link of the film.
(3) As applicable, the entry fee(s) for the film submission (see the “Entry Fees” section above), which are payable ONLY by check or credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard or Discover). If submitting a student short film, a scan of the student ID or enrollment verification may be provided. If using PayPal, invoice will be sent and additional fees will apply.
Please note that only DVDs, formatted for NTCS or Blu-Ray, will be accepted for physical submission; all other formats will NOT be accepted.

Note: It is your sole responsibility to ensure that your online entry form is properly submitted. Approximately 48 hours after you have completed and submitted your online entry form, you will receive an email confirmation. If more than 48 hours have passed and you have not received an email confirmation, you may email the festival at or call at 630-272-3077. It is also your responsibility to ensure the streaming link (or DVD / Blu-Ray, as applicable) is functional and the link and password submitted are accurate. The password protected link must be active at least through DECEMBER 31, 2018. Regardless of your method of entry, the Festival MUST receive all entry materials no later than the deadlines referenced above. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission, without refund of any kind, if it is not completed in accordance with these Entry Rules and Regulations.

All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. The EFF will make no cuts or changes. Festival selections will be announced on or around September 16, 2018. Email will be used to notify all entrants. Selected film names and trailers will also be posted on our website, Twitter feed and Facebook page. The festival does not pay rental fees for submitted work. If selected, exhibition format is Blu-Ray or DVD (NTSC) or other approved media (please contact EFF festival coordinator for other options).

The EFF strives to serve the interests and needs of equine filmmakers, connecting artists with audiences, exhibiting and promoting new films and filmmaking talent, and nurturing a creative community by facilitating relationships that last well beyond each year’s festival. We curate for quality, not quantity. New York City is a world-class destination. If your film is selected, we would expect you to attend and present your film to the horse lovers who live in and/or are visiting. And, YOU can expect first-rate hospitality, appreciative audiences, networking events, awards, and the opportunity to explore the most celebrated city in the country.

If your film was submitted and considered for previous editions of the EQUUS Film Festival, you may re-enter it if you have made significant changes and if all applicable eligibility requirements are met at the time of entry for EFF17.

1) You must fully comply with these Submission requirements, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements.
2) Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.
3) Selected EQUUS Film Festival films, commercials, music videos, trailers and others with FREE access on the internet will also be loaded onto the EFF Vimeo Channel for viewing.
5) All submitted materials will be retained in the EQUUS Film Festival Archives.

The EFF jury will present the WINNIE Awards to films and videos selected as best in category.
WINNIE Award & Assorted Prizes

Please circle your categories – Fee required for each category selection (see fee chart)

1. Equestrian Music Video
2. Equestrian Music Video – Short
3. Equestrian Music Video – Full Length
4. Wild Horse Music Video
5. Hobby Equestrian Documentary
6. Equestrian Commercial – Art
7. Equestrian Commercial – Mini
8. Equestrian Commercial – Short
9. Equestrian Commercial – Full Length
10. Equestrian Commercial – Documentary Format
11. Equestrian Commercial - Series
12. Equestrian Commercial - International
13. Equestrian Animation
14. Equestrian Series – Short
15. Equestrian Series – International
16. Equestrian Series – Documentary Format
17. Equestrian Series Western
18. Equestrian Children’s Film
19. Equestrian Children’s Film - International
20. Wild Horse – Narrative
21. Wild Horse – Short
22. Wild Horse – Documentary – Full Length
23. Equestrian Documentary – Mini
24. Equestrian Documentary – Short
25. Equestrian Documentary – Full Length
26. Equestrian Documentary – Therapy
27. Equestrian Educational/Training – English
28. Equestrian Education/Training – Western
29. Equestrian Art Film – Mini
30. Equestrian Film – Mini
31. Equestrian Film – Short
32. Equestrian Film – Feature
33. Equestrian Director - Documentary
34. Equestrian Director - International Documentary
35. Equestrian Director - International Short
36. Equestrian Director - International Feature
37. Equestrian Director - International Documentary Action
38. Equestrian Student Film – Adult
39. Equestrian Photo Journal Western
40. Equestrian International Documentary - Mini
41. Equestrian International Documentary - Short
42. Equestrian Inspirational Documentary - Under 60 Minutes
43. Equestrian Inspirational Documentary – Over 60 Minutes
44. Going To The Dogs
45. Human Interest
46. Horses Helping Humans
47. Humans Helping Horses
48. Equestrian History
49. Equestrian Sports
50. Equestrian War Horse

7 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Kelly Pope

    A great festival. I would attend again.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kelly, your film was wonderful!
    Looking forward to your next documentary.

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    Rose Cushing

    We were very pleased with every aspect of the Equus Film Festival. Lisa Dierson does a remarkable job on the festival and Diana DeRosa works wonders with publicity! Highest ratings!

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Rose! looking forward to more entries from you in the coming years. Thank you for joining our herd. Lisa

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    Elaine Heney

    This is one of the best festivals in the world! I was so honoured to be able to attend this weekend and I had the pleasure to meet so many amazing and inspiring filmmakers and horse people. I can’t commend Lisa and her team enough for a wonderful weekend. Everyone with a horse movie needs to be at this wonderful event next year! Elaine

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Elaine!
    We are looking forward to next your next film.
    Hope to see you back in the corral again next year : )

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    Alexis Chaviaras

    The communication was friendly with plenty of information the website is also very informative and the coverage of the event on social media was clear. Unfortunately I could not attend the events but I am glad to see that it was well organized. I easily recommend the festival!

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Alexis!
    Your film is brilliant!
    Did your award arrive yet?

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    Jamie Williams

    This festival was very well produced and organized. The director Lisa Diersen did an outstanding job and puts her heart and soul into everything she does. I am honored to have been a part of this important festival.

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Jamie! We LOVE your film and can't wait for the full length Documentary!