Stonestreet Studios 1st Annual Film Festival is ON; entering the summer season with the celebration of our studio's incubation of socially conscious, character driven and culturally provocative content, we are open for submissions from independent filmmakers and screenwriters for DRAMA, COMEDY, HORROR and WILD CARD submissions.

Our independent, multi-purpose, visual motion picture production studio has played a hand in furthering the cultural landscape since its founding in 1990. Amid screening blocks, SSaFF will feature workshops in Lighting 101, Editing Tips, Writing Development and Directing the Actor, open to all, to continue furthering the development of emerging filmmakers and multi-hyphenates.

SSaFF creates a platform for emerging and independent filmmakers to be spotlighted in New York City, the heart of East Coast entertainment.

Profanity, reference to violence, subversive or dysfunctional behavior and intimacy must not be gratuitous, but character specific and responsibly explored and integrated throughout the narrative.


STONESTREET STUDIOS is celebrating 31 years as a New York City based fully operative, multi-purpose, visual motion picture production studio, founded by Alyssa Rallo Bennett and Gary O. Bennett, director/writer/producer team. Stonestreet’s work ranges from award-winning socially speculative feature films such as ReRUN (Christopher Lloyd), Rain Without Thunder (Jeff Daniels, Linda Hunt, Steve Zahn) andThe Pack aka Smoking Non-Smoking (Luci Arnaz, Elizabeth Moss), to pilots, web series and Micro-Movies released internationally and on Stonestreet’s growing platforms.

Stonestreet Studios provides a GRAND PRIZE of a future production up to $5K in value made up of equipment and studio space for the overall best short film submission.

GRAND PRIZE | Best in Shorts
2-day production of the winner's screenplay of choice making use of Stonestreet Studios' studios, equipment and crew, to be produced in Fall of 2023.

Selected by Stonestreet Studios' talented staff of directors, producers, and editors, the studio favorite will receive extended promotion of their short film via social channels and the studio's newsletter, extending to 5,000+ industry professionals.

All selected films receive access to Stonestreet Studios' hosted workshops in Lighting 101, Editing Tips, Writing Development and Directing the Actor.

Best in Shorts
Best in Drama
Best in Comedy
Best in Horror
Best Wild Card
Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor


Submission is not a guarantee of screening or production.

If submitting a screenplay for production, Stonestreet Studios will own the copyright to the film. Winners will own the copyright to the written material.

If submitting film or video content, I grant Stonestreet Studios the right to screen or premiere my project.

Film and video submissions must be no longer than 10 minutes long.

If more than one (1) party signs this agreement as submitter, then reference to “I”, “me”, “my” throughout this agreement shall apply to each party; jointly and separately.
My ENTRY has not been optioned, produced or purchased. If it does become optioned or produced or sold during the judging period then the ENTRY will be disqualified and the entry fee will be forfeited. It is my obligation to let the production company know that it has been optioned, sold or produced.

I understand creative revisions may be required prior to setting up meetings and therefore agree to the process. I also understand that if my script is chosen, it is a requirement to sign a release for min order to receive any prizes. I understand and accept without reservation that I am an independent contractor and that Stonestreet is not responsible for withholding any taxes or payments to any government agency, at any level, be it state, local or federal.

If submitting a screenplay, I grant Stonestreet permission to give a copy of my screenplay to industry members if requested. Industry includes but is not limited to network executives, agents, managers, casting directors and others that can aid in securing future work or funding to make my screenplay into a film or TV show.

I/We own and am/are the only authors of the material submitted with application and are the only people that can lay claim to this work. I further claim that the submitted material is not adapted from the work of any other author.

I understand that it is my sole responsibility to register Script with the U.S. Copyright Office or with the Writer’s Guild of America or the appropriate agency in my country.

I warrant that the use of the rights granted here and of any material supplied by me will not violate the rights of any third party. I agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Stonestreet, its officers, agencies, employees, and sponsors from any claims by third parties alleging that our content or material infringes on any third party’s rights. This Release and Hold Harmless Agreement shall bind my assigns and any representative.

This contract is the entire agreement between the parties hereto, and replaces and supersedes any prior agreement or understanding, verbal or written, with respect to the subject matter hereof. No amendment, addendum, modification or waiver of this contract or any portion hereof shall be valid unless contained in a writing signed by both parties hereto.

Any signed contract shall be deemed to be entered into in New York, NY, and shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of New York applicable to agreements entered into and carried out entirely within California. I agree that any and all disputes or controversies arising under this contract or any of its terms shall be resolved under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, through its New York, NY office; provided, however that I agree that my remedies for any breach of this contract by Stonestreet Studios, its officers, agencies, employees, and sponsors will be limited to damages to an action at law to recover and in no event will I be entitled to rescind or terminate this agreement or to seek injunctive or any other equitable relief.

I hereby certify that I am over eighteen years of age and competent to contract in my own name.