The Princeton Film Festival showcases the work of emerging filmmakers around the world. The Festival is an event on Princeton's campus in the spring in which there are not only screenings of accepted submissions, but speeches and panels composed of speakers in the film industry.

a. Films must be between 2 and 30 minutes.
b. Short films do not have any world premiere requirements. Films will not forfeit their eligibility if they have been screened on a separate media platform outside of the Festival.
c. The Princeton University Film Festival will only accept films that are completed. No rough cuts or work-in-progress films will be considered.
d. Any film including significant dialogue in a language other than English must provide on-screen English subtitles.
e. It is the responsibility of the applicant alone to secure authorization for any copyrighted or trademarked material. The Princeton University Film Festival will not be held accountable for the inclusion of unauthorized material. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any film that fails to obtain the rights to any copyrighted or third party material. Should any infraction occur, the applicant will defend the Princeton University Film Festival and absolve and indemnify it of any liability.
f. The Princeton University Film Festival is under no obligation to return comments or feedback regarding the film to the applicant, nor the process by which the films were reviewed or information concerning other applicants.

Overall Rating
  • I wish I could have attended. Excellent communication!

    December 2017
  • Nia Ashley

    I have received no information from this festival and I'm not sure what being "selected" even means since there is nothing on the website. I want all festivals, especially those that award for screenplays to thrive, but they need to be more transparent.

    November 2017
  • Alfred Thomas Catalfo

    On October 29, 2017, I was notified via a Film Freeway email that my short film had been accepted to the Princeton University Film Festival and that it would be screened on November 11. 2017. On November 1, 2017, I sent an email to PUFF thanking them for our selection, asking what they needed for an exhibition copy, and requesting that they let me know our screening time so I could be there (a 5+ hour drive for me). There was no response so, on November 5, I sent a follow up email again asking what they needed for an exhibition copy and for our screening time. I also pointed out that both their website and Facebook page have not been updated since 2016. As of today, November 18, 2017, I have still heard nothing, their website has still not been updated since 2016, and I have no idea whether the festival even took place. This is a very shoddy way to run a "festival" and a shabby way to treat filmmakers.

    November 2017
  • Sadly, the only communication I received about my work being accepted by the PFF was through FilmFreeway. Otherwise, I heard nothing. Such a pity because I try to attend any festival that shows my work.

    November 2017
  • John Ervin

    I am grateful to any festival that will show my work and, in this case, include my screenplay "I Never Knock". But I have to chime in with the other reviewers that there was little communication from the festival and the web site never seem to be updated (it's still showing information from the 2016 edition!). I wish the PFF well and will consider submitting work in the future, as long as they can upgrade their web and social media presence.

    November 2017