The Seventh Annual New York WILD Film Festival, February 27-March 1, 2020.

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 25-30 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 and in Shanghai to an international audience, primarily made up of students, our hope for the future of the planet.

Juried Competition with awards for the following categories:
Special Jury
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.

LANGUAGE: Non-English speaking films must have English subtitles.

Accepting films completed between January 1, 2017 and December 2018.

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 5 minutes
Shorts: 6-30 minutes
Feature length: 60-90 minutes
**Shorter festival edits of feature length films will usually be preferred.
Anything from 30-60 minutes enter in the category relevant to content.

Screening fees will not be paid.

If your film is selected to screen at New York WILD we will request 2 copies of any of the following for exhibition: BluRay, 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 February 27-March 1. 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.

Overall Rating
  • Thomas Rowell

    Such a great festival. The organizers were communicative and supportive from the beginning. I would recommend submitting to everyone!

    March 2019
  • Joosung Kwon

    World Class Film Festival. Was honoured to receive best student film. The organisers took care to make us feel valued and welcomed. Great venue, amazing people!

    October 2018
  • allison argo

    NY Wild is a gem! Beautifully curated with top drawer film and yet extremely intimate. It draws a diverse crowd, which is a treat for filmmakers. It also allows an opportunity for filmmakers to mingle with one another. A great Festival in a great city. To top it all off it's held at the Explorer's Club! What's not to love?!

    March 2018
  • Had a great experience and appreciate being accepted at New York WILD. It was big fun to screen at the Explorer's Club and to have an NY audience for our work. Thank you!

    February 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for attending Matt, it means so much to the audience to hear more about your great work.

  • Ryan Killackey

    Intimate setting in a well curated festival. Highly recommended.

    March 2017