*After much consideration, and deliberation....Due to the ongoing pandemic and COVID capacity restrictions, we will hold this year's festival online and LIVE during our regular dates. We will be in contact with additional information.*

Welcome to SPLICE Film Fest! We are a NYC (Brooklyn) based selective international film and video art festival showcasing all genres of short films, music videos, and subjects ranging in length of at least 1 minute to no more than 10 minutes.

We are particularly interested in filmmakers whose work is underrepresented either by gender identification, ethnicity, subject/topic. We are open to any and all stories, and are looking to build a community through our festival that is accepting and welcoming for all to submit, and share their work with our live audience. The festival for 2021 will take place in Brooklyn, New York on June 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th at Film Noir Cinema.

We accept: abstract/experimental, video art, animation, documentary, traditional narrative, comedy, social justice, LGBTIQQ, mixed media, music video, performance art, erotica/adult, and everything in between. It's up to you to choose the best category or categories in which to enter your film. You must pay the fee for each category you enter.

We welcome and encourage work by students, amateur, and professional filmmakers. Each film will be judged by its own merit, and not by its budget.

All erotica/adult films must submit release forms via email specifying that all participants are 18 and over.

While we accept all genres, we will NOT accept films that could be deemed hate speech, abusive or derogatory towards a group of people.

All student submissions are only $10, but you must provide proof of your current student status via email to receive the discounted submission. You must submit in the "STUDENT" category ONLY to receive the discounted submission. Your film will be disqualified if you do not provide proof of your student status, and you will NOT get a refund on the $10. Any submission into other categories will require you to pay the normal entry fee.

CLAUDE & SUE CORTY AWARD - This award was created by Dr. Eric Corty to honor his parents Claude and Sue Corty who both endured horrific conditions that made it necessary to emigrate to the United States. They met and built a life in the United States, raised two sons, paid their taxes, and were good citizens. The embodiment of this award is that immigration is good. This award is for the best film about any topic of immigration. It is open to DOCUMENTARIES ONLY from around the world that share stories of people emigrating. In order to be eligible for the prize money, YOU MUST ENTER IN THIS CATEGORY ONLY FOR THE COMPETITION. By entering the Claude & Sue Corty Award, you agree to have your entry displayed on the SPLICE Film Fest site, and for it to be included in the "Winners" screenings.

***WINNER - 1st Place - $750 cash award, plaque, & laurels ***
(This is for the Claude & Sue Corty Award ONLY.)

***FINALIST - 2nd Place - $350 cash award, plaque, and laurels***
(This is for the Claude & Sue Corty Award ONLY.)

***SEMI FINALIST - 3rd Place - $250 cash award, plaque, and laurels***
(This is for the Claude & Sue Corty Award ONLY.)


Laurels will be given for the following categories:
Best Animation Film
Best Student Animation
Best Comedy Film
Best Student Comedy Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Student Documentary Film
Best Erotica/Adult Film
Best Student Erotica/Adult Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Student Experimental Film
Best Student LGBTIQQ Film
Best Music Video
Best Student Music Video
Best Narrative Film
Best Student Narrative Film
Best Social Justice Film - (Sponsored by The Humanities Institute at Penn State)
Best Student Social Justice Film - (Sponsored by The Humanities Institute at Penn State)
Best Video Art Film
Best Student Video Art Film

We will award laurels for "Official Selection" into the festival, for the "Best Film" of each category, and for "Finalists" and "Semi Finalists" of each category. Winners of each category will also be included in the "SPLICE Film Fest Presents The Winners" one night only special screening at Erie Movie House each November and at Penn State Behrend (TBA)!

By submitting to the festival you agree to the following Rules & Terms.

1. We require that non-English language films be subtitled in English.

2. By submitting, the filmmaker warrants that they are the rightful owner of the submission and do not violate or infringe on any trademark, trade name, copyright, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic or other intellectual property or personal rights.

3. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the SPLICE Film Fest, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

4. SPLICE Film Fest is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screenings, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.

5. Submissions of independent film from any part of the world are welcome.

6. Filmmakers receiving the student $10 entry must email us a scanned copy of their up to date student ID in order to be considered. Your entry will be disqualified if you do not send us proof of your student status when asked within 24 hours. You will NOT receive a refund of your $10.

7. Erotica/Adult film actors must submit a release for certifying that they are over 18 years of age. Your entry will be disqualified with no refund if you do not send us the release forms when asked.

8. All films must be submitted either through FilmFreeway via an online screener, or through a password protected digital upload on a third party site like Vimeo. We will NOT accept unsolicited email submissions. We will NOT accept emails, DVDs, or hardcopies for consideration or screening. Should your film be selected, we will download the file to be built into the festival program. Unfortunately, we do NOT grant fee waivers as we are a growing festival with fees that are quite low already and use funds from submissions to run the festival.

9. Despite our freedom to use your film for our own screenings and advertising, we in no way would like to imply that we have some sort of ownership of your film. Should your film be picked up by a production or distribution company after screening at our festival, we demand no percentage of your deal or profits. Whatever you choose to do with the film outside of the festival is still solely up to you, because we do not own your film inherently through submission.

10. Any aspect of the festival is subject to change at the discretion of the Festival Director or Board. These aspects include: Award Categories, Event Dates, Submission Deadlines, Venue, Category and Entry Fee, Award Recipients, Awards & Prizes, and the Selection Status of your film. Should the final film festival event be cancelled (not delayed or rescheduled, but cancelled) for any reason, any filmmakers who have paid to have their film entered will receive a full refund. There are NO refunds if you withdraw your film or if your film is disqualified from the festival.

11. For any questions or concerns about the Terms of Entry or the festival itself, feel free to contact the Festival Director via message on our Facebook page or via our general e-mail at info@splicefilmfest.com

Overall Rating
  • :) thanks for screening our film :)

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    You're welcome, Lily! Thank you so much for your submissions to SPLICE!! :)

  • It was a pleasure to screen Metro6 at the 3rd SPLICE. We've had a fair amount of early success with our film, and the average age of festivals we've gotten into so far is 15 years.

    From my perspective, SPLICE really holds their own against older festivals. They have a great team, and it feels more like a family atmosphere. They had super hustle (which is necessary in a pandemic) and were not afraid of trying new things.

    This is definitely a festival to look into.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much. Geoff!! We appreciate your kind words, and glad you enjoyed the experience. We LOVE "Metro 6", and can't wait to see more of your work!

  • Roberto Limberger

    It was my firt time and just love the experience. The crew are amazing.

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Roberto! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience! :)

  • Classy festival conducted by classy folks upholding the best of cinematic traditions!!

    July 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Divakar! We appreciate it!

  • Connie Jo Sechrist

    SPLICE Film Fest was a wonderful online experience. Excellent communication and very well organized.

    June 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Connie! So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us this year!