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:
80 Wythe Avenue - Brooklyn, NY 11249

Tickets will be available at this link starting OCTOBER 15, 2018:

The OFFICIAL Hotel for the EFF18 will be: WYTHE Hotel
N 11th St & Brewers Row & Wythe Avenue - Brooklyn, NY 11249 - 718-460-8000 -
WYTHE HOTEL - 80 Wythe Avenue - Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Wythe Hotel Screening Room is a private screening facility located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The space features an adjacent bar for receptions. It is the ideal space for screenings, panel discussions, presentations and media events.
Friday & Sunday Pop-Up Gallery Short Film Screening, Panel Discussions, Artist & Authors.

Reynard is open from 7am to midnight.

Nearest Stations
L to Bedford, G to Nassau

10 minutes from Manhattan by taxi
6 minutes walk to East River Ferry
7 minutes walk to Bedford L subway stop
9 minutes walk to Nassau G subway stop
15 minutes walk from Marcy JMZ subway stop
15 minutes from LaGuardia Airport by taxi
25 minutes from JFK Airport by taxi

The historical character and charm of our 100-year old waterfront factory building provide a unique backdrop for any special occasion. We offer seven versatile event spaces in Brooklyn, with the capability to host intimate dinners for 12 to gala receptions for 350 guests. We are excited to welcome your clients, colleagues, friends and family to our Brooklyn Events Venue for business meetings, creative conferences, weddings, celebratory cocktail receptions, fundraising galas, as well as intimate dinner parties, brunches, baby showers and most any other form of gatherings and celebrations.

Wythe Hotel opened in 2012 on the Williamsburg waterfront as the first hotel in Brooklyn to reflect and celebrate the creative spirit of our Borough. We are located in a 117 year old factory building that has been meticulously converted into a 70-room hotel – with King Kong skyline views from many rooms.
The hotel houses Andrew Tarlow’s restaurant Reynard, helmed by Executive Chef Christina Lecki. Reynard showcases the best seasonal, local produce, as well as the work of our in house butcher – all cooked over the wood fire hearth.

Our rooftop bar – The Ides – is popular with guests and neighbors for sunset cocktails and for its picture postcard views of the New York City skyline.

Wythe Hotel is the original boutique hotel in Williamsburg Brooklyn, focused on culture, food, community, and warm, genuine service. We are staunchly local, and mindful of our role in Brooklyn’s proud history of welcoming people from all over the world.

The POD Brooklyn:

All submissions must include a private online screener through



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WINNIE Award Winners not present to collect their Awards can have them shipped.
In the Continental USA - $15
Outside USA - $30

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



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 or Digital File 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: We do NOT return your films. 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 or Digital File. The festival requests DVD, Blu-Ray disc or Digital File 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 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”.
Submission Opening Date – January 1, 2018
Early Bird Deadline – February 14, 2018 - $50
Regular Deadline – June 1, 2018 - $75
Final/Late Deadline – July 1, 2018 - $100
Notification Date – September 1, 2018

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 fee 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:
MAIL ALL ENTRIES TO (Copy and DVDs, Blu-Rays or Digital File):
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, TCB, 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 JANUARY 31, 2019. 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 1, 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. The EQUUS Film Festival is hosted in 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 EFF18.

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.
4) All submitted materials will be retained in the EQUUS Film Festival Archives.


Overall Rating
  • Kelly Pope

    A great festival. I would attend again.

    November 2017
    Final   eff logo 5
    Response from festival:

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

  • 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
    Final   eff logo 5
    Response from festival:

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

  • 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
    Final   eff logo 5
    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 : )

  • 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
    Final   eff logo 5
    Response from festival:

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

  • 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
    Final   eff logo 5
    Response from festival:

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