From Mother Earth, the new moon is not often seen -- yet, this does not diminish its power.

NEW Moon Fest will illuminate voices of women storytellers and showcase imaginative films that honor the feminine spirit.

By casting light upon the Wild Woman archetype and her role in storytelling, NEW Moon Fest celebrates the unfettered and unfiltered spirit of women. The Wild Woman is maternal, she is capable of fighting and she is deeply connected to the Earth. She encourages us to go beyond boundaries and to express one’s true self. NEW Moon Fest welcomes films that explore this discourse.

The Programmers at NEW Moon Fest - Nantucket Empowering Women are dedicated to discovering this year’s slate of women-made films. Like the new moon, short films by women are powerful even if they are not often seen. NEW Moon Fest - Nantucket Empowering Women will showcase these films to broaden their reach and visibility and to promote impactful storytelling inspired and crafted by women.

On May 25th, 2024 NEW Moon Fest - Nantucket Empowering Women will present a selection of competitive short films by women. Tickets to the event held at the historical Siasconset Casino Association on Nantucket will be available for purchase in January 2024!

NEW Moon Fest - Nantucket Empowering Women
Eligibility Criteria:

In honor of the Wild Woman archetype, films that depict strong, intuitive and persevering women characters qualify for NEW Moon Fest.

Only short films (15 minutes or less in length minutes) can be submitted.

Qualified submissions feature women in at least three (or 75% of) lead creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Actor(s), or other significant key role.

Premiere status is not required, however, films premiered prior to May 2023 are ineligible. Entries that have been publicly broadcast or made available online in the U.S. are also ineligible. Films that have only been digitally screened with restricted availability as part of an online festival selection after May 2023 are still eligible.

Non-English films must be subtitled in English. For accessibility, English language shorts must have the option of English captioning.

NEW Moon Fest can only accept, consider and notify entries submitted with valid entry form and non-refundable entry fee. To be considered for NEW Moon Fest, entrants must fill out the entry form on FilmFreeway. Entrants must submit a Secure Online Screener. Entry Fee payment must be made online through FilmFreeway. Fee waivers will be provided on a case by case basis. Due to the limited number of fee waivers, we cannot guarantee that you will receive one, even if you meet the criteria outlined below. Eligibility for a Fee Waiver will depend on the following:
• You lack the financial means to pay our submissions fee, either partially or in full.
• You are unable to pay the submission fee for political/geographical reasons outside of your control.

For Late Deadline submissions please contact the Director of Programming at prior to submission.

All films will be notified of their status in April 2024. If your contact information or premiere status changes between entry submission and our notification date, please update your information on FilmFreeway and email any changes to the NEW Moon Fest programmers at:

Entrants must be legally authorized to enter their film in NEW Moon Fest and the entry must not be subject to any claims or litigation and must not be threatened by any claims or litigation. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials in the film. The entrant releases and discharges NEW Moon Fest, its employees and agents from any and all claims, demands or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising out of or relating to the film submission.

By agreeing to the terms and conditions on the entry form for NEW Moon Fest, the entrant submitting a film to NEW Moon Fest - Nantucket Empowering Women acknowledges that s/he has read, understood and agrees to the rules and guidelines described above.

In the event that a submission is accepted as a finalist by NEW Moon Fest, the finalist hereby agrees to the following rights and requests and grants to NEW Moon Fest without reservations, conditions or qualifications:

NEW Moon Fest reserves the right to screen an exhibition-quality digital file of the film on May 25, 2024 in front of a live audience at the Siasconset Casino Association in Nantucket, MA.

NEW Moon Fest reserves the right to coordinate ALL publicity and press outreach concerning the film’s presentation leading up to and at the festival event, including but not limited to:

The right to use excerpted clips, still images and/or titles, and information from or relating to the film for promotional purposes in all media including NEW Moon Fest’s website.

The right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information.

NEW Moon Fest reserves the right to collect any and all proceeds fundraised at the NEW Moon Fest - Nantucket Empowering Women event including but not limited to: festival tickets, auction items, sponsorships, and pledges. All funds raised will be contributed to the Nantucket Community Television’s educational programs offered to youth and senior citizens on Nantucket.

NEW Moon Fest encourages applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and ages, as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are from a marginalized or underrepresented group, particularly in the film industry. NEW Moon Fest reserves the right to consider for inclusion in the event, and include in the event, films received at any time and through any means, channel, or process, including means, channels, or processes other than those outlined in these Terms. Nothing in these terms or otherwise requires NEW Moon Fest to select for event inclusion any of the films submitted through the process outlined in these terms.

Filmmakers are welcome to reach out to the NEW Moon Fest programmers at any time during the submission process

NEW Moon Fest - Nantucket Empowering Women is an original festival event of the 501(c)(3) organization, Nantucket Community Television, Inc.