New Media Film Festival, an innovative and award-winning* festival created in 2009, celebrates stories, technology, and platforms. We continually implement new opportunities outside the norm to bolster creators in media. Through our boundary pushing ideology, we create an environment for creators to thrive. New Media Film Festival is an infinite catalyst for story and technology. Not just any stories, but the stories worth telling.
360, AR, AI, 5D, Animation, Apps, Artwork, Digital Comics, Documentary, Drone, Feature, Mixed Reality, Mobile/Tablet, Music Only, Music Video, New Media, Pilots, Podcasts, Scripts, Shorts, Sniplers (30 second pitch), SR- Socially Responsible, STEAM, Student, Trailers, TV, Virtual Reality, Web Series, Web Series Promo (one scene)
Please note, New Media category includes Gaming, Tech Vlog's, VE, Vertical, Live, Location Based, etc.

Why submit?
-EMMYS ® Award Consulting & Broadcasting for 1 project per festival
-Have opportunities outside of festival
-We are a UFFO code of practices Member
-Submit- Online, Public, Novice & Expert Content
-20+ Categories with these award considerations
-Best in Category, Audience & Grand Prize Awards
-IMDB Official Event
-$45,000.00 in Awards
-Judges from HBO, Marvel, FOX, Emmys & more.

“Worth The Entry Fee”- Movie Maker Magazine

“I thank NewMediaFF for what they’ve done for young filmmakers” -Legendary Director, Roger Corman

”The role of this fest is bringing the Best in New Media to the World”-Festival World

Put your innovative work forward and join the unique community of content creators at New Media Film Festival® - submit today!

* Awards -
Best Digital Festival - Lux Life
Los Angeles Award for Excellence in Broadcast Media Services
Women’s History: Dedicated Servant of Global Change
TMT Award for Excellence in Visual Storytelling Events - West Coast USA
CA State Business Awards: Best Arts & Entertainment Annual Event
City of Los Angeles: Certificate of Appreciation
Certificate of Appreciation Hispanic Awards

Emmys Award Consultant and broadcast for one accredited entry.
Content Creators vie for a chance at $45,000 USD value in a mix of services, meetings with HBO, Arpix Media & Marvel reps.

BEST OF CATEGORY Award winners receive:
A customized hand painted wood Slate Board
An opportunity for a Distribution deal
Top 3 Scripts & Best Script will receive memberships worth over $1000 each

This award encomasses it all: Story, Production Value, Above & Below the line, everything you need to finish your current project or get started on a new one.

A customized hand painted wood Slate Board
An opportunity for a Distribution deal
Studio time in Los Angeles CA
Meeting with HBO
Meeting with Marvel
Post Production Services from Mongo Media
Music Supervisor & Owner Arpix Media Inc., Ron Proulx
Casting Services for your project provided by Select Services Films Inc.
Resources and Production Consulting provided by Susan Johnston Casting
An opportunity for a Distribution deal
The same memberships as Script category winners above.

The Grand Prize Award Package and category winner awards are valued at over $45,000.00 and are non transferable. These are in kind services only and cannot be redeemed for cash. Good for one year from date of festival won at. All scheduling subject to availability.

If you are not present when we announce your name at the Awards Ceremony, we will ship your personalized award upon receipt of a pre paid shipping label or the cost to ship.

All types of media are accepted regardless of when they were completed. You must own the rights to submit your content.
Submission/Entry Fee -
Each entry is considered for screening, competition ($45k in awards) and distribution. You may submit a link for us to view your content online.
Once our notification date passes a title will no longer be able to withdraw from the festival.

Submission/Entry Process -
Up to 3 people review/screen your content based on story, production value, New Media. If 2-3 of the screeners approve of your content based on our criteria: story, production value, a snippet of new media, you are accepted in to the festival.

Judging Process -
If your content gets accepted into the festival, the New Media Film Festival team will choose the top 3 in each category. Those top 3 chosen in each category go before our judges to choose the category winners and the Grand Prize Winner. Please note, each category has a Best Of Winner.

We communicate via email
We will notify you if you are accepted into the festival. Please add info (at) newmediafilmfestival (dot) com to your contacts list to assure you receive our emails.
We may offer you distribution even if you were not accepted into the festival.
We are proud to be able to move all kinds of content forward, to be seen, screened and monetize.
There are no refunds.
Thanks for submitting.

Rules and regulations New Media Film Festival: Terms and Condition Rules and regulations New Media Film Festival: By submitting your work to the New Media Film Festival, you are agreeing to this statement. In submitting this work, I am claiming that it is my own and that I hold all necessary copyright or have the permission of the appropriate owners of copyright to incorporate portions of their work. Yes, I am the creator and author of the work submitted. In the event that my entry contains the work of other individuals or organizations (including any copyrighted photographs, musical compositions, etc.), I understand that it is my responsibility to obtain any necessary permissions and/or licenses. Yes, I have the necessary rights and/or permissions to use the visual elements in this entry. Yes, I have the necessary rights and/or permissions to use the audio in this entry. Entrants are responsible for transportation costs, insurance charges and any customs fees incurred when shipping to the festival. New Media Film Festival is not responsible for tapes damaged or lost in transit. Works submitted for jury selection will not be returned after the close of the festival. No media/film accepted for programming can be pulled from the festival. New Media Film Festival does not check to make sure that you have cleared these materials at any point during the application process, nor will we be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright. Quite often, rights holders offer reduced rates for festival films, so you should contact them directly to avoid any possible rights infringements. Please note, there is a deliverables deadline for each venue. If you do not meet that deadline it is possible we will not be able to screen your content. Deliverables are the responsibility of the person submitting. Submission fee is non refundable.

A runtime of any length is permitted

No requirement for completed by date.

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Overall Rating
  • Mary McGloin

    I was thrilled to hear Episode 3 of our show, Tech Bettys, would World Premiere at the 10th Annual New Media Film Festival. It's not often that you get to see your webseries on a proper movie theatre movie screen in downtown Los Angeles! I was ever more thrilled to have the chance to pitch my project in front of producers in the industry and blown away that we won the Audience Award. The festival offers ample opportunity to network with fellow filmmakers, with a VIP Soiree and networking events. There's even a Red Carpet with press junket! Being from NYC, I knew it would be hard to get any of our cast and crew out to LA for the event, but our director, Kathleen Davison and myself enjoyed the festival very much. It was obvious that Susan and her team really care about the filmmakers and I feel proud to have been a part of this year's festival. It is a unique festival with very different categories than your traditional festivals, and given the explosion of activity in the new media space, I am glad to see there's a festival dedicated to the medium.

    June 2019
  • Eric Mann

    A wonderful festival and so honored to be there! It was such a delight being there, and being surrounded by a space where people feel safe to create and share. It's a thoughtful and poignant festival, and Susan really pours her heart into it! So much congrats on 10 years!

    June 2019
  • I wanted to like New Media Film Fest so badly, I had done my research regarding the festival, I had read good things. I was very excited upon receiving the acceptance e-mail but everything went downhill from there, the e-mail was written sort of vaguely and I had to follow up for clarification – where I was told "your web series was rejected, but we have accepted the trailer". I had never submitted the trailer and I told them that. Their website featured my shows poster, they posted about my show on social media, but never did they clarify that they weren't in fact showing the series or any episodes. The posts were written in such a way where it seemed like the actual show was included in the programming, and it said things like "WORLD PREMIERE!" (which wasn't true?). I decided against promoting that we were included in New Media film fest anywhere, it just felt dishonest – and I did not want to make my friends, cast, and crew drive out of their way to attend a festival where barely a minute of the show was being screened. I did attend the screening, and the programming just seemed strange. I've been to webfests, and episodic blocks at other festivals – and they screen full episodes of the shows selected. New Media did not appear to do that, it seemed as if they screen 90 seconds max of the "accepted web series" – and then they followed that block with the "accepted trailers". I would say be wary with submitting web or episodic content to this festival, I don't know that you will get much screen time.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hello Olivia, it sounds like the new category email we sent and the announcement that night were not understood.

    One True Loves was actually in the NEW CATEGORY Web Series Promo that was created for Web Series that were not accepted this year. The review team had discovered that quite a few Web Series that would not be accepted had something between a trailer and an episode either on FilmFreeway or in a google search, so, we created Web Series Promo.
    This was a FREE submission, you were still in consideration for audience, Best of category and/or Grand Prize.
    We felt we were doing something positive for content creators that would have otherwise not been programmed, it seems to have backfired in your case and we are truly sorry. We felt we were offering an opportunity to participate. Many categories have been created in this fashion over the years.
    To address some of your concerns:
    1-we would have happily removed world premiere status if notified even though this new category, all were world premieres technically.
    2-we would have happily removed One True Loves from programming and competition had we been notified how uncomfortable you were with this new endeavor and free offer.
    3- you can still see on the schedule page (and through Dec. 2019) that One True Loves is the 1st poster in the NEW Web Series Promo category. One True Loves was also listed on the program guide given out at the festival as Web Series Promo and in the intersticial that screens right before that category screens as Web Series Promo. In addition, it was mentioned in that Event, how and why this new category was created, to afford opportunity for those that would not have otherwise been programmed.
    4- the posts were actually copied and pasted from the google form each nominee has to fill in. We do this so the words we advertise come from the creator themselves. Again, we would have happily adjusted anything had we known. Otherwise, we pulled all info from the nominee google form that was filled in.
    5-Regarding your last sentence, it is a bit harsh. When you look at the schedule, Web Series range in TRT up to 10:04 minutes. Web Series Promo the category you are in are short form as they are between a trailer and an episode.
    It is hard to hear how upset you are about receiving something that we feel was helping give your content a new platform, something outside of the norm, that you didn't expect. Even so, you got to enjoy the VIP Soiree, Q & A, Red Carpet Press Junket and all the many other perks that are given to nominees, a value more than the cost of an All Access Badge, which we gave you complimentary as a nominee.

    I understand that new ways of doing things are going to be met with some push back. Please understand, I am sorry how unhappy you are with all that we offered because it was outside of the category you submitted. Please in the future communicate the second you are uncomfortable.
    I am easily found on LI, FB and through the website. Since I'm Founder/Director, I take great pride in all of the innovative things we do for story and technology around the globe. I am saddened by this review and will meet with my advisors and see what steps I need to take to make sure this does not happen again. Thanks and Best Wishes, Susan Johnston

  • A very unique curation of films, new media and scripts. And a very entertaining event. The hosts and show staff went out of their way to make sure this was a memorable and special event. The location on the UCLA campus is a big plus.

    June 2018
  • Martin Brighty

    Really proud to have been included. Thank you. Martin

    June 2018