The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) is a 5-day film festival dedicated to showcasing new achievements in independent film and honoring the work of emerging as well as acclaimed directors, producers and actors. Now in it’s 22nd successful year, PIFF has established itself as the largest cultural event in lower Cape Cod and Provincetown's premier cultural event, attracting 10,000 plus film-goers, movie buffs, and arts patrons. This festival showcases over 100 US and international independent narrative, documentary and animated features and shorts as well as panel discussions and special events.
Occurring in mid-June, PIFF takes place during one of the most beautiful times of year in this coastal seaside town when businesses, inns, shops, restaurants and galleries are all fully operational. Drawn to the Festival’s hotly anticipated programming, innovative marketing, and strategic partnerships, PIFF welcomes audiences and supporters, new and seasoned, young and old, to a quality showcase of emerging films, enticing events, informative panels, special programs, and exuberant celebrations.
The festival's umbrella organization is the Provincetown Film Society (PFS), a non-profit dedicated to continuing the founding mission of the Provincetown Art Colony – to provide a welcoming, nurturing and inspiring environment for boundless and authentic creative exploration – in film.
From the time it was founded in 1998 the Society has been committed to serving its communities who are often outside of the mainstream, in the margins, or otherwise underserved – but have a voice critical to the evolution of artistic expression. It has also been dedicated to the celebration of Provincetown – an American treasure nestled amongst spectacular National Seashore beaches, and a shining example of diversity and inclusion.
Through the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF), Waters Edge Art House Cinema (WE) and Gabriele Hanna Provincetown Film Institute (PFS), including our annual Women’s Media Summit for Gender and Racial Diversity in U.S. Entertainment Media, the Provincetown Film Society endeavors to provide year-round programming to promote the cultural and economic vitality of Provincetown, to support aspiring, up-and-coming and established filmmakers connecting them with curious and engaged audiences globally, and to endorse gender, racial, and sexual diversity in U.S. entertainment media.
All accepted films are eligible for the HBO Audience Awards (presented to Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature). Other award categories include the John Schlesinger Award (presented to a first-time narrative and documentary feature filmmaker), HBO Short Documentary Award, Here Media Award (Best Queer Short Film), Jury Awards for Narrative Short, Animated Short, New England Short and Student Short (as well as Honorable Mentions bestowed at the discretion of PIFF staff/jury). Trophies are awarded at a ceremony at our Closing Night party.
Other honorary awards include the Filmmaker on the Edge Award to a film artist whose outstanding achievement, innovation and vision continue to push the boundaries of the medium throughout their body of work. Past honorees include: John Cameron Mitchell, Sean Baker, Sofia Coppola, Ang Lee, David Cronenberg, Darren Aronofsky, Guy Maddin, Quentin Tarantino, Todd Solondz, Gregg Araki, Mary Harron, Jim Jarmusch, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Christine Vachon and John Waters; Excellence In Acting Award recipients include: Judith Light, Molly Shannon, Chloë Sevigny, Gael Garcia Bernal, Alan Cumming, Vera Farmiga, Patricia Clarkson, and Tilda Swinton; and our newest Next Wave Award honoring Chloë Grace Moretz, Jillian Bell and Aubrey Plaza.
The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) is dedicated to showcasing independent US and international films, offering a full program of full-length and short films curated by an established programming team, with submissions reviewed by a dedicated screening committee. If you are interested in submitting your work, please read all the information below and follow the instructions.
• PIFF shows narrative, documentary, and shorts in DCP and BluRay.
• Film must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
• Any number of titles may be submitted by an entrant. However, each title requires its own separate entry form, review copy and entry fee.
• All accepted films are eligible for the HBO Audience Awards (presented to Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature). Other award categories include the John Schlesinger Award (presented to a first time narrative and documentary feature filmmaker), HBO Short Documentary Award, Here Media Award (Best Queer Short Film), Jury Awards for Narrative Short, Animated Short, New England Short and Student Short (as well as Honorable Mentions bestowed at the discretion of PIFF staff/jury).
• Feature films may not have been released theatrically, appeared online, or aired on television in the U.S. prior to the festival.
• ONLY online preview copies are accepted for submissions.
• Be sure to upload photos, stills and press kits or include a web link. If your work is selected, photos will be used for promotion and for the PIFF website and catalog. Please do NOT send unessential materials (such as bio, reviews or other publicity kits) unless absolutely necessary.
• Acknowledgment of receipt of your entry will be made by via FilmFreeway. Preview DVDs and support materials will not be returned. You will be notified of acceptance or rejection via email by approximately May 15, 2020.
• PIFF does NOT pay rental/screening fees for submitted works which are programmed.
• PIFF will pay RETURN shipping for the film (exhibition copy) within the Continental U.S. ONLY. It is the filmmaker’s responsibility to deliver the film to the festival via the requested method by: May 18, 2020 (Shorts) / June 1, 2020 (Features).
• To be eligible for the student discount submission fee, a photocopy or scan of valid student identification must be provided to verify status.
• Selected short films may be programmed to screen either before a feature, as part of a shorts program, at an event, or any combination thereof.
• For Shorts Programs: PIFF creates a master exhibition reel of every shorts program. If your film is selected for a shorts program, final cut must be provided in the form of digital upload (acceptable formats include Apple ProRes (HQ, or LT) 4:2:2 or h.264 HD 1920x1080 Bit rate at least 8mb/s).
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