The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival is a unique bi-coastal showcase of independent, original short films, pilot presentations, stand-alone webseries and narrative content with a writer, director, cast, or theme of a diverse voice. This includes creatives of diverse backgrounds, including ethnicity, culture, women, members of the LGBTQ community or artists who are differently abled.
NBC Entertainment is producing this festival to discover diverse talented individuals in front of and behind the camera and will screen Semi-Finalists in August in New York City and host a Finalist Awards Gala in Los Angeles in October.
The annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is a nationwide search for diverse talent and story telling. This bicoastal festival hosts a series of events. including acclaimed filmmaker workshops, semi-finalist screenings in NYC and a red carpet awards finale at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles. For over a decade, we have celebrated up & coming directors, writers, producers and actors, introducing them to top industry tastemakers with awarding prizes ranging from camera packages and monetary grants to development meetings and holding deals.
Past Alumni have go on to director episodes or act as artistic directors of our cable network series, shadow directors on NBC Primetime Series, been cast as series regulars for new NBC pilots or have sold their shorts as series to major cable networks.
Join us today in discovering the next generation of storytellers.
Learn more at www.nbcushortsfest.com
ONLY 2-22 minute NARRATIVE pieces are accepted.
No documentaries, animations, or music videos qualify.
Awards & Prizes
Prize Packages are growing as we speak but will not be announced until the night of awards.
Here are last year's prize packages
BEST ACTOR –
1. Announced with Headshot in The Hollywood Reporter
2. Universal Premiere Tickets
3. Annual Subscription to TheHollywoodReporter.com
4. NBC Talent Holding Deal
NBCU Open Possibilities SOCIAL IMPACT Award
1. $5k Cash Grant
BEST WRITER –
1. Two tix to The WGA Awards (East Coast) / WGAW Written by Me mag subscription
2. Final Round Placement into NBC Entertainment's Writers on the Verge Program + Development Meeting with Universal Pictures
3. Writing Software Suite
4. $5k Cash Grant
BEST DIRECTOR –
1. Development Meeting with Universal Pictures
2. Final Round Placement into NBC Entertainment's Emerging Director Program
3. Post Production Services Package from NBCU Studio Operations including lighting, grip, sound mixing, costumes and backlot access
4. $60k Camera Rental Package donation from the Panavision New Filmmaker Program to be used toward next project
#NBCUshortsFEST AUDIENCE AWARD –
1. 8TB GRAID Hard Drive with Thunderbolt and removable drives
2. Plantronics wireless, sweat-proof headphones with portable charging case
3. $1k Amazon Gift Card
Seeso BEST COMEDY –
1. Development meeting with Seeso
2. $10k Cash Grant from Seeso and NBC Entertainment's Talent Infusion Programs
Xfinity BEST DRAMA –
1. $10k Cash Grant (provided by XFINITY from Comcast)
ALL 2016 SEMI-FINALISTS received:
1. NYC Airfare + Hotel accommodations to be honored at the festival
2. Invitation to Introductory Luncheon, hosted by NBCvEntertainment
3. Invitation to SAG-AFTRA Champagne Kickoff Reception
4. Invitation to WGAE Roundtable + Cocktail Reception with Academy Award Nominee, Writer/Director Shari Springer Berman
5. Filmmaker Kits from GoPro & Lume Cube
ALL 2016 FINALISTS received:
1. Los Angeles Airfare+ Hotel accommodations to be honored at the festival
2. Invitation to WGAW Breakfast + VIP Library Tour
3. Invitation to Panavision Equipment Tour + Lunch
4. Complimentary Workshops, including KELDOF branding seminar & pitch workshop with NBC's Karen Horne
5. Universal Studios VIP Backlot Tour
6. Annual Subscription to TheHollywoodReporter.com
7. Premiere Software Editions of both Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling
8. 1TB Gtech Hard-Drives
9. Miroir HD Projectors
10. Opportunity to air films on festival HULU channel
Rules & Terms
• The producer, writer, and director must be over 18 years of age and a legal resident of the US, able and ready for employment.
• The writer, director, cast, or theme of the short must be diverse, either: ethnically, culturally, or of a diverse voice or community. Examples of diverse and inclusive backgrounds, including female writers & directors, the LGBTQ community, and artists who are differently-abled.
• Short films must qualify under one of the following narrative genres: Comedy, or Drama. We strongly encourage Comedic Pilot Presentations and stand-alone Web Series episodes. Any Documentaries, Animations or Music Videos are not eligible.
• Projects must be 2-22 minutes in length. All others are not eligible.
• Submitted works must have been completed no more than 2 years prior the submission date (no earlier than February, 2015). Any film completed over 2 years prior is not eligible.
• Submitting parties must hold complete ownership and rights of submitted product.
• Submitting parties must be able to grant screening rights and online streaming rights.
• Only original works are accepted. Submissions are disqualified if based, in whole or in part, on pre-existing material, fictional or nonfiction, produced or un-produced, published or unpublished, unless such material was originally created and published/produced by the applicant, in another medium.
• This is a non-exclusive festival, meaning there is no conflict for your projects to have screened or to screen in future at other festivals.
• Films with prior commercial distribution or broadcast within the US are NOT eligible to submit. In the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings, the committee reserves the right to waive this rule.
• In August, the festival semi-finals events and screening will take place in New York City. The entire team will be invited to attend. NBC Entertainment will award one (1) airfare & accommodation to either the director or writer. All other team members are invited but are responsible for their own travel and accommodations should they choose to attend.
• If selected to screen in the New York semi-finals in August, semi-finalists must provide their shorts in one of the following formats: DCP, HDCam (regular not SR) or QuickTime Pro Res 422.
• No revisions or updated versions will be accepted after the initial submission.
• An applicant may submit multiple separate entries.
• There is NO FEE for submitting a film to this festival.
• The 2017 submission window opens March 1st and closes May 15th.
• FilmFreeway profiles will be noted with a confirmation of receipt within one week of arrival.
• The submitter of each film will be contacted & notified directly if selected as a semi-finalist & finalist. The submitter will have sole responsibility to contact & notify the writer, director, cast, producing parties, joint rights holders, etc.
• In October, the finalist screening will be held in Los Angeles. The entire team will be invited to attend. NBC Entertainment will award one (1) airfare & accommodation to either the director or writer. All other team members are invited but are responsible for their own travel and accommodations should they choose to attend.
• In the event your project is selected as a finalist, you may be asked to provide current additional items, such as: trailer, high res poster artwork, still images from the film, revised synopses, short bios of writer, director and lead cast member and possibly social media handles & hashtags.
• NBC Entertainment Short Film Festival reserves all right to cancel events & showcase screenings at its own discretion.
NBCUNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL TERMS, CONDITIONS AND ARBITRATION PROVISION
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I have volunteered to participate in "NBCUniversal Short Film Festival," a diversity showcase for content creators produced by NBCUniversal Media, LLC (the "Showcase"). In that regard, I, on behalf of myself and on behalf of the production company that produced the Submitted Material (as defined below) (jointly and severally, “I” or “me”) am voluntarily submitting to NBCUniversal Media, LLC and its respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliated entities and the sponsors of the Showcase (individually and collectively, "NBCUniversal"), the material which I have provided or may provide to NBCUniversal in connection with the Showcase, including, but not limited to my short film and any trailers or other promotional materials for my short film (individually and collectively, the "Submitted Material"). By submitting my Submitted Material to NBCUniversal and/or by clicking to accept these terms, you agree to the following:
1. I understand and agree that NBCUniversal will make all decisions regarding participation in the Showcase in its sole discretion, without any limitation whatsoever, including without limitation who to select for the Showcase and the recipients of any and all awards or services for the Showcase. I understand that I may not be selected for the Showcase and that by submitting the Submitted Material, I am not guaranteed to be part of the Showcase or any future showcases, or be selected as the recipient of any award or service.
2. I have created and am submitting the Submitted Material completely voluntarily and on an unsolicited basis. NBCUniversal has not hired or otherwise retained me, in any way, to create or submit the Submitted Material. I understand that NBCUniversal will neither pay me any money nor provide me any other consideration for creating or submitting the Submitted Material, for executing this Agreement, for participating in the Showcase, or for granting any of the rights granted in this Agreement. I also understand that NBCUniversal has not promised to license or otherwise acquire the rights to any of the Submitted Material other than those rights I grant in Section 4 and 5, below, or to hire me for my creative services in the future, or to find me representation or future work or bookings. Except as provided below, or otherwise agreed in writing by NBCUniversal, all costs and expenses I may incur in connection with my submission of the Submitted Material, or my participation in the Showcase (if selected), or in connection with the production, distribution, exhibition or other exploitation of the Submitted Material, will be my sole responsibility.
3. I understand and agree that I am not submitting the Submitted Material in confidence and that no confidential relationship is, or is intended to be, created between NBCUniversal and me by my submission of the Submitted Material. Nothing in this Agreement, nor my creation or submission of the Submitted Material, shall be deemed to place NBCUniversal in any different position from any other member of the public with respect to the Submitted Material. Accordingly, NBCUniversal may use any part of the Submitted Material that any member of the public freely could use without liability to me.
4. I hereby grant to NBCUniversal, its successors, licensees, sponsors and assigns the non-exclusive, royalty-free right to exhibit, transmit, distribute, edit, reproduce, copy, publish, display, perform, translate, adapt, modify, use and otherwise exploit the Submitted Material (or any part thereof), as well as the name, image, voice, likeness and biographical information of me and/or the cast, crew and any other person or entity involved in the production of the Submitted Material, in and in connection with the Showcase (including, without limitation, at the Showcase finale screening), NBC’s Diversity Initiatives, and/or any future showcases, in any and all manner and media whatsoever whether now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe in perpetuity, and in any and all advertisements, promotions, publicity, marketing or other material relating to the Showcase, NBC’s Diversity Initiatives, or any future showcases.
5. Without in any way limiting the foregoing, I hereby grant to NBCUniversal, its successors, licensees, sponsors and assigns the non-exclusive, royalty-free right to exhibit, transmit, distribute, edit, reproduce, copy, publish, display, perform, translate, adapt, modify, use and otherwise exploit the Submitted Material (or any part thereof) as follows: (a) on any website, broadcast, cable or other distribution or exhibition platform of NBCUniversal or its licensees (e.g., but not limited to Hulu, Xfinity, etc.) in any and all manner and media whatsoever, whether now known or hereafter devised throughout the universe in perpetuity; (b) via the regular network signal of any broadcast, cable or distribution platform of NBCUniversal (the “Network Transmission”) in any format whether now known or hereafter devised (including, without limitation, in standard definition [“SD”], high definition [“HD”] and/or Three Dimensional [“3D”]); and (c) authorize the retransmission of the Submitted Material (or any part thereof) in any format whether now known or hereafter devised (including, without limitation, in SD, HD and/or 3D), simultaneously or substantially simultaneously with such Network Transmission, by any means whether now known or hereafter devised (including, without limitation, over-the-air, satellite, wire, cable, digital, telco, DBS, Internet, computer networks, set-top box, cellular and/or wireless) to any audio/visual receiving devices, whether now known or hereafter devised (including, without limitation, television equipment or monitors, set-top boxes, personal computers, smartphones, handheld or mobile devices and tablets). Neither NBCUniversal nor any other licensee of NBCUniversal shall be required to obtain any consent of, or pay any compensation to, me or any third party for such transmission and re-transmission or any other rights for which beyond that specifically provided by this Agreement (e.g., any transmission of the Submitted Material (or any part thereof) and the simultaneous or substantially simultaneous re-transmissions of the Submitted Material (or any part thereof) shall collectively be considered one exhibition of the Submitted Material (or any part thereof) under this Agreement and in no event will any such re-transmission be considered a repeat exhibition). In addition, and without in any way limiting the foregoing, NBCUniversal may use the Submitted Material (or any part thereof) to determine whether to invite me or any cast or production members of the Submitted Material to participate in any other NBC Diversity Initiative programs.
6. Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 4 and 5 above, I shall have the right to terminate NBCUniversal's rights to use the Submitted Material as set forth in Sections 4 and 5 above at any time commencing two (2) years from the date the Submitted Material was accepted by NBCUniversal pursuant to this Agreement, upon written notice addressed to the NBCUniversal Law Department at the following address: NBCUniversal Television Group, Legal Department, 100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 1320, Third Floor, Universal City, CA 91608 and delivered by certified or registered mail, in which case the rights granted in section 4 and 5 shall be terminated upon the Law Department’s receipt of such notice (unless the notice is received less than two (2) years after the date that the Submitted Material was accepted by NBCUniversal pursuant to this Agreement, in which case the rights shall not terminate until that date which is two (2) years after the date of this Agreement).
7. Subject to the rights granted to NBCUniversal as described above and the other terms and conditions herein, I shall retain the copyright in and to my Submitted Material.
8. I hereby represent and warrant that (a) I have the right to enter into this Agreement and grant the rights granted in this Agreement; (b) the Submitted Material consists or shall consist of original material protected by copyright that is, or prior to submission of the Submitted Material to NBCUniversal in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement will be, owned or exclusively controlled by me, or (c) if and to the extent that any elements of the Submitted Material are based in whole or in part on any existing formats, elements, materials or performances protected by copyrights owned or controlled by any third parties, or with respect to which any third party has any rights, I have obtained or shall obtain all rights in such formats, elements, materials and performances necessary for NBCUniversal to exploit the Submitted Material in accordance with the terms of this Agreement; and (d) any use of the Submitted Material in the manner described in Section 4 and 5, above will not infringe upon or violate my rights or the rights of any third parties.
9. To the fullest extent permitted by law, I agree to defend, indemnify and hold free and harmless each of the following: (i) NBCUniversal, its licensees, successors and assigns; (ii) any Showcase sponsors and their respective advertising agencies; (iii) any program channels and any other services that may broadcast, exhibit, transmit, distribute, advertise, promote, market, publicize or otherwise use or exploit the Submitted Material; and (iv) each of their respective officers, directors, partners, members, representatives, agents, employees and contractors (each of the foregoing being referred to individually and collectively as the “Indemnified Parties”), from and against any and all liabilities, actions, claims, suits, liens, judgments, demands, losses, costs, expenses and damages, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs and any and all damages of any kind and nature, whatsoever (all of the foregoing being referred to individually and collectively as “Claims”) that are caused by, arise out of, relate to or concern in any way the Submitted Material, including, but not limited to, one or more of the following allegations: (a) the breach by me of any of the terms, covenants, conditions, representations, warranties or promises contained in this Agreement; (b) the wrongful use of ideas, material or rights in the Submitted Material (including, without limitation, allegations of idea theft, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition); (c) the telecasts, broadcasts, exhibitions, distributions, advertisements, promotions, marketing, publicizing or any other use or exploitation of the Submitted Material in accordance with this Agreement; (d) the negligence, willful misconduct or other acts or omissions by me or the production company that produced the Submitted Material, their respective agents, employees, representatives, or contractors or any other cast members, on-camera participants, or crew members arising out of, relating to or concerning in any way the production of the Submitted Material (including, without limitation, development, pre-production, production and post-production activities); (e) the violation of or failure to comply with any applicable laws, codes, permit requirements, rules, orders, judgments, decrees, ordinances and/or provisions of any foreign, federal, state or local government agency, authority or court, including, without limitation, those relating to the production of sexual content (e.g., 18 USC §§ 2256 et seq. (as it may be amended); and (f) the injury to or death of any agents, employees, representatives, or contractors or any other cast members, on-camera participants, or crew members of the Submitted Material in connection with the production of the Submitted Material (including, without limitation, development, pre-production, production and post-production activities) Notwithstanding the foregoing, I agree and acknowledge that NBCUniversal and its licensees, successors and assigns will have the right to control the defense of any claim(s) brought against NBCUniversal and its licensees, successors and assigns.
10. I understand, acknowledge, and hereby do waive and release, for myself and my heirs, executors, and administrators, any and all rights, claims, and causes of action whatsoever I may have against each of the Indemnified Parties from any and all loss, liability, damage, claim, demand, cost, expense, injury, harm, matter, cause, or any other Claims arising from or in connection with my participation in the Showcase, and the acceptance or utilization of any awards or services that I may receive in connection with the Showcase (if any). If requested by NBCUniversal, I will execute and deliver to NBCUniversal any and all documents consistent herewith to effectuate the purposes of this Agreement (e.g., indemnity agreements).
11. I understand that I am solely responsible for any local, state, and federal taxes and fees in connection with any award or benefit awarded to me in connection with the Showcase (if any), and that such taxes may be based upon the full value of the award or benefit provided and that federal and/or state withholdings may be required and may be deducted from my award or benefit or requested from me as a reimbursement at NBCUniversal’s sole discretion. I understand that if there is a discrepancy between the approximate retail value of the award or benefit and the actual value of the award or benefit I receive, the value stated on the IRS Form 1099 issued to me will govern. I understand and agree that the Internal Revenue Service does not require my consent to any provision of this document other than the certifications required to avoid backup withholding.
12. I believe the Submitted Material to be unique and novel. However, I recognize that there may be pre-existing ideas, concepts, or proposals that are similar to my Submitted Material, and other persons, including NBCUniversal’s own employees, may have submitted to NBCUniversal or others, or made public, or may in the future originate and submit, or make public, similar or identical material that NBCUniversal may have the right to use, and I understand that I will not be entitled to any compensation because of NBCUniversal’s use of other similar or identical material in any manner. I understand and agree that NBCUniversal’s use of material containing features or elements similar or identical to those contained in the Submitted Material other than in the manner described in Section 4 and 5, above, will not obligate NBCUniversal to negotiate with me nor entitle me to any compensation if NBCUniversal determines that it has an independent legal right to use that other material for any reason (for example, because the features or elements are not new or novel, were not originated by me, or were or may hereafter be independently created and submitted by other persons, including your employees).
13. I understand that NBCUniversal does not promise to license or acquire any rights to the Submitted Material other than that which is set forth in Section 4 and 5, above, or to hire or otherwise retain me or any production personnel of the Submitted Material for my or their creative services in the future. If NBCUniversal wishes to use the Submitted Material in any manner other than that described in Section 4 and 5, above (and if it is original, novel and valuable), or if NBCUniversal wishes to hire or retain me for my creative services, I understand that we would have to separately meet and negotiate the terms of any such potential future arrangements and enter into separate written agreements that would supersede this Agreement with regard to the specific material or my services.
14. If for any reason the Showcase is canceled or cannot be administered or completed as planned, NBCUniversal reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to terminate, modify and/or suspend the Showcase. Notwithstanding the foregoing, NBCUniversal reserves the right to terminate, modify or suspend this Showcase due to any of the following reasons: act of God; unavoidable accident; epidemic; fire; blackout; act of public enemy; war, riot or civil commotion; enactment, rule, order or act of government or governmental instrumentality or tribunal; strike, lockout or other labor dispute; inclement weather; the recapture of any time period scheduled for the live telecast of a program for an event of national importance or emergency; failure of technical facilities; failure of essential production, or technical personnel to appear or be available for production or broadcast; or other cause beyond its control. By submitting my Submitted Material, I agree that should this Showcase be terminated for any reason, I irrevocably waive any right to seek and/or obtain rescission and/or equitable and/or injunctive relief.
15. I agree that I must give NBCUniversal written notice, by certified or registered mail to the NBCUniversal Law Department at the address listed above, of any claim arising in connection with the Submitted Material or in connection with this Agreement. I agree to provide that notice within thirty (30) calendar days after I acquire knowledge of the claim. Notwithstanding the foregoing, I must commence a formal arbitration proceeding pursuant to Section 14, below, within six (6) months after the date of NBCUniversal’s first use of the Submitted Material. My failure to commence a formal arbitration proceeding within that six-month period shall be deemed an irrevocable waiver of any rights I might have with respect to any claim against NBCUniversal.
16. Except to the extent prohibited by any applicable collective bargaining agreement, any controversy arising out of, relating to, or concerning in any way this Agreement, or NBCUniversal’s use of the Submitted Material, shall be conclusively determined by arbitration as provided by California law and the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules and Procedures, or any subsequent versions in effect at the time the arbitration is commenced. The arbitrator in any such arbitration shall be a licensed attorney or former judge experienced in entertainment law who is mutually selected by us, or, if we cannot agree on an arbitrator, a licensed attorney or former judge experienced in entertainment law appointed by JAMS. The arbitrator's decision and authority shall be controlled by the terms of this Agreement. No award may exceed: (1) the minimum rate that would be due under the Writers Guild of America Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement currently in effect for a network, primetime, one-half hour broadcast story and teleplay (so-called "bargain rates," and not to include minimums payable for pilot scripts, back-up scripts or spin-offs), if the material is used as the basis of any national network broadcast or cable programs or any online, electronic, interactive or internet programs; (2) $5,000.00, if the material is used as the basis of any programs broadcast only on NBCUniversal-owned stations; or (3) $1,000.00, if the material is used for any other commercial purpose. I agree that I can suffer no damages in excess of these amounts from NBCUniversal’s use of the Submitted Material or for any other claim with respect to it. Judgment upon the award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Although I may commence an arbitration action at law for the sole purpose of (1) enforcing or interpreting this Agreement, or (2) enforcing an arbitration award, my remedy is limited to money damages; in particular, I expressly waive the right to seek any other relief at law or equity (including, without limitation, injunctive relief) with respect to the Submitted Material or this Agreement. I may only commence an action at law for the sole purpose of enforcing an arbitration award. Notwithstanding the foregoing, I understand and acknowledge that the entity to which I am providing the Submitted Material may not be a signatory to the Writers Guild of America Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement.
17. I understand that NBCUniversal will not return or acknowledge the Submitted Material, and that I have retained a copy of the Submitted Material. I release NBCUniversal from any liability for loss of or damage to the Submitted Material.
18. This Agreement constitutes our entire understanding with respect to the subject matter hereof. Any modification or waiver must be in writing, signed by NBCUniversal and me. The illegality, invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any of the remainder of this Agreement, which shall be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law. This Agreement applies equally to any other material that I may submit to NBCUniversal, unless agreed to the contrary by NBCUniversal and me, in writing, at the time of the submission.
19. No termination of this Agreement and no acts with respect to the Submitted Material (such as returning it to me) will be deemed to affect our respective rights and obligations under this Agreement (including those as to amount of compensation, agreement to arbitrate, and time for bringing any action), and all such rights and obligations shall survive any termination or acts.