The New York WILD Film Festival is the only documentary film festival in New York to present powerful exhilarating films about the wild world around us. These carefully selected films from around the world will cover a spectrum of wild topics, from exploration and adventure to wildlife, conservation and the environment.
The festival celebrates the filmmakers who — through the power of their images and storytelling — promote awareness, educate and inspire interest in exploring and conserving the natural world around us. NY WILD, through your films, presents a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, affect vital change and celebrate the wild.
New York WILD is excited to partner again with the venerable Explorers Club whose members have accomplished many incredible “firsts” -- from the deepest point in the ocean to the surface of the moon.
Expect 30-35 screenings over four days, Q&A's with celebrated filmmakers, talent and thought leaders. In addition to all day screenings, the Club will host a luncheon with fellow adventurers and offer once-in-a-lifetime special social and networking events.
NY WILD is proud to partner with New York University and NYU Shanghai for the fourth year. If your film is shown at NY WILD, you will have an opportunity for your film to be selected for a screening at NYU in NY or in Shanghai. Your work will reach an international audience of students, faculty and the Shanghai community. Read more about this at www.nywildfilmfestival.com/about-us/university-partners/.
Juried Competition with awards for the following categories:
Short (under 30 min)
Feature (60-90 min)
WILD in NY (films related to NY)
Best in Festival
CATEGORIES: We accept submissions in the genres of EXPLORATION, ADVENTURE, WILDLIFE, CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENTAL, FEATURES, SHORTS, SUPER SHORTS & STUDENT. Please select only one category per film submission and its respective entry fee. Each film may be considered for all categories. NY WILD reserves the right to place the film in a different category.
IF YOUR FILM IS FEATURE LENGTH (over 60 minutes) PLEASE ENTER IN FEATURE CATEGORY.
LANGUAGE: Non-English speaking films must have English subtitles.
Accepting films completed between January 1, 2020 and December 2022.
All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway, we do not accept submissions through other digital platforms.
We accept shorts to feature length films.
Super shorts: up to 6 minutes
Shorts: 6-30 minutes
Feature length: 60-90 minutes
Anything from 30-60 minutes, enter in the category relevant to content.
**Shorter festival edits of feature length films will usually be preferred.
We have limited program slots for films longer than 80 minutes, but all submissions of this length and longer will be taken into consideration.
New York WILD does not pay screening fees.
If your film is selected to screen at New York WILD we will request 2 copies of any of the following for exhibition: ProRes HQ & H264.
By submitting a film to the Festival (and agreeing to these terms and conditions) you are confirming that all necessary permissions have been sought from contributors to the film, and royalties paid, including ‘release’ from those appearing in the film and creators of any soundtrack/music. Films must be clean of all advertisements for exhibition.
I, the undersigned, have read The New York WILD Film Festival (hereafter NYWFF) entry procedures and rules and I agree to abide by them. I acknowledge and agree that, to the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided is accurate, the film submitted is an original work and I am duly authorized to submit this film and promotional materials to NYWFF. Any copyrighted materials included in the work have been legally cleared for use, and NYWFF is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings.
I agree that, if this film is selected, NYWFF has permission to screen the film at the Explorers Club on March 2 - March 5, 2023 and at NYU or NYU Shanghai if selected.
Interim screenings: We also have permission to screen the film at NYU or NYU Shanghai if selected and other screenings throughout the year. In addition to possibly being screened at NY WILD during the stated festival dates, accepted films may be screened throughout the year at additional events, in cooperation with other partnership organizations. Filmmaker will be notified if their film is selected.
If this film is to be screened at NYWFF, I also agree that NYWFF has the right to use footage for promotional materials (ex festival trailer) and to publish selections from the promotional materials, such as still images, in any or all publications for the purpose of promoting NYWFF. I hereby hold NYWFF harmless and release it from any claims that I or others may have with respect to the use of the promotional materials and the public screening of this film. Accompanying materials will be donated to NYWFF.