Paul Michael’s The Network is proud to present The Network Film Festival (NFF), a new independent film festival in NYC! Created as a career launch pad for emerging filmmakers, NFF will showcase the work of exciting new talent from around the country and the world. NFF provides a platform for filmmakers to share their stories, engage with fellow artists, and forge valuable career connections with industry professionals.

Please carefully review the following. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to all of the following rules and terms. All projects that have been submitted by our final deadline and that adhere to the following terms will be considered for inclusion in the 2019 Network Film Festival.

Each submission must be accompanied by a submission fee paid in full and a working screener in order to be considered. Press kits and/or cover letters are not required but are preferred. If you wish to submit either, please attach it to your submission.

Please review all submission categories carefully before submitting your project. All entrants are required to pay the submission fee of their film’s appropriate category. If you believe you have submitted your film to the wrong category, contact us immediately. We accept submissions of Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, and Animation.

Narrative Feature: No less than 60 minutes
Narrative Short: Less than 60 minutes
Documentary Feature: No Less than 50 minutes
Documentary Short: Less than 50 minutes
Animation: no limitations

All foreign-language films must be submitted with English subtitles.

Works-in-progress are accepted with the following stipulations:
Incomplete projects must be clearly listed as such. Films should be marked as either a “Rough Cut” or “Work In Progress/WIP”. The entrant may update their screener up until the final deadline, as long as the link and password for the submission remains the same. However, NFF is under no obligation to revisit updated cuts once a screener has been seen. Therefore, you should not submit your project if it is not complete enough to adequately represent the final product. Updated cuts must be accessible via your FilmFreeway account. No updated cuts will be accepted after the final submission deadline.

All projects must be uploaded directly to FilmFreeway. If we discover an error with the screener, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. Failure to respond by the final submission deadline will result in disqualification without refund of submission fees. Online screeners must be available to stream; we do not accept any films that must be downloaded.

Films produced, financed, or initiated by a major motion picture studio are not eligible for the competition.

Please keep track of deadlines closely if you plan on submitting within a certain submission window. All deadlines are set for 11:59pm EDT. Any submissions with an unpaid balance after a deadline will be required to pay the following deadline’s submission fee. Failure to pay the appropriate fee will result in disqualification.

All works selected must be available by May 25th, 2019 for inclusion in the festival.
Should your film be accepted in the 2019 Network Film Festival, you grant NFF the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
All accepted films will screen at least once during the festival, with the possibility of an encore screening for select films/shorts blocks when appropriate. All scheduling is purely at the discretion of the NFF staff.

The Network Film Festival does not pay screening fees for submitted films. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that NFF will not pay to present your work.

By entering your film for consideration to the 2019 Network Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the Network Film Festival and any representative or affiliates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Once a project is listed “In Consideration” on FilmFreeway, we are unable to offer refunds for any reason, including (but not limited to):
- Submission to the wrong category
- Change in premiere status or distribution
- Duplicate submissions
- Failure to pay the full submission fee by the final deadline
- Failure to provide a working screener by the final deadline
- Project’s failure to comply with submission Rules & Terms
- Rejection from the festival
- Withdrawing your submission for any reason (including changes of heart)
NFF reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund, even after a film has been invited or final programming has been announced, at the sole discretion of NFF staff.