Silent City Film Festival will take place this October right on the water in the heart of lovely Ithaca New York. A Thursday-Sunday festival dedicated to the virtual and visual relationship of music and film.

For more than 100 years music and film have experienced a thriving and constantly evolving relationship. From the live musical accompaniment of silent films at the turn of the 20th century, the the proliferation of popular music woven into the fabric of feature films, to the explosion of music videos in the 80s, to today: a world where it has never been more accessible to set music to images in motion as we move through the world armed with pocket-sized film studios, cameras, software, and millions of hours of audio at our fingertips.

Our goal with this festival is to treat attendees to an exciting blend of feature-length and short films, video art and music videos, roundtable discussions, exhibits, and performances... all exploring the interconnectivity and accessibility of music and motion pictures.

And to top it all off, Silent City Film Festival will be anchored by Ithaca's history as the Silent Era's "Hollywood Before Hollywood". Screenings of silent films with live accompaniment, talks, an engagement with history and more.

The following rules govern all film submissions to the Silent City Film Festival (“SCFF” or the “Festival”)

Please Note: Silent City Film Festival does not waive entry fees. SCFF does not invite films to be in competition. Only films that are submitted will be considered for competition.

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.
Submissions must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (FilmFreeway), or a password-protected streaming URL. DVD submissions will possibly be accepted, email for more info.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2022. Films must be available for screening during the SCFF, October 5-8, 2023.

Films with US distribution (obtained prior to being selected for SCFF screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition, but may be considered for a special screening.

Films that have screened on US network or cable television or distributed to theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.

SCFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

Films that are selected to screen at the Festival may not necessarily be selected to be “in competition” for awards purposes. Notifications regarding potential selection for competition status possibly may occur subsequent to notifications of acceptance for exhibition.

Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival. Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.
Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. AFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

Applicants pursuing Student Entry Fee status for their submission must produce proof of current school enrollment.

All other rules and terms questions can be sent to

DVDs and press materials will not be returned.