TBAE Network has the genre's created for every day of the week and we are looking for original films or videos to showcase in the Tampa Bay area including comedy, drama, foreign, horror, noir, and romance films. All fiction and non-fiction are welcomed for consideration. TBAE's Film Showcase is featured in August. However, submissions will be reviewed after each deadline for the broadcast schedule.

Films include animations, shorts, features, documentaries, and music videos. All submissions must be rated G, PG, or PG-13, which means minimal profanity or no nudity. The F-word is strictly prohibited.

Once accepted, films or videos will have to be provided via a downloadable link such a Vimeo or YouTube or submitted via Google Drive, Dropbox, We Transfer, etc. Films will only broadcast for ONE-YEAR for that annual showcase.

If you are seeking an audience or exposure of your film or videos, TBAE Network has an audience of 1.3 million viewers. We are a 24 hour, 7 days a week, a commercial-free educational access television station that is looking for excellence in programming.

If the work submitted, meets the broadcasting standards, then the Director and/or Submitter will be awarded and will receive a Laurel of Excellence Award via email. Hard copies will be sent out upon request.

***PLEASE BE ADVISED: TBAE is a television station and all submissions are being considered for broadcasting. TBAE FILM SHOWCASE is a competition, not an actual festival. Applicants are competing for their work to be considered for broadcast.***

When Submitting to TBAE's Film Showcase please be specific as to which genre your film will be categorized under. If selected, filmmakers authorize Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network (TBAE) to broadcast the film or video submission on TBAE's cable channels, Spectrum 636 and Frontier FiOS 34 to the 1.3 million residents living in Hillsborough County. Also, your film/trailer/video may be part of any TBAE social media content. The film will only broadcast for ONE-YEAR on cable. The film will not be posted online or given to a third-party.

If the film or video is under a distribution agreement it may be still accepted if given permission by the filmmaker. TBAE Network is a non-profit, non-exclusive television station that does not sell any goods or services.

TBAE's publicity and marketing teams may craft a specific promotional campaign for each film. To assist in this campaign, participating filmmakers will be asked to provide any materials such as a trailer or posters of the film.




Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network (TBAE) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film/video submitted and accepted for exhibition on TBAE Network for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film/video hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film/video for television, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network (TBAE) 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 film or videos submitted.

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  • To say that I am highly DISAPOINTED in the TBAE film festival or “showcase” is an understatement. When I came across this festival on Film Freeway, what intrigued me and got me to submit to it was that they promised that all films that were selected as “FINALISTS” (which our film was!) would be “Showcased” on their FL TV station for one full year. I was so excited at the thought of having our film run on a television station in Florida for a full year. I wanted that exposure as I was searching for distribution.

    I was very confident in our recent film, so I submitted our movie and soon we were notified that we were a Finalist and I was thrilled. I was going to be able to share the news with all our followers and fans to encourage them to watch on the TBAE television station that boasts this on their Film Freeway page:
    “If you are seeking an audience or exposure of your film TBAE Network has an audience of 1.3 million viewers. We are a 24 hour, 7 days a week, a commercial-free educational access television station that is looking for excellence in programming.”

    And so this is why I was so eager to submit. But one week after I was notified that we were finalists, I was then told that there had been a “mistake made” and that instead of airing our film on their network for one full year, they would only air it for 14 days. (That is a huge difference, and that is not a “tiny mistake” That’s a huge blunder on their part. I was highly disappointed and felt let down, but knew there was nothing I could do about it. Then the news came in that there would be a delay and our movie would not air until a week later than scheduled. So I waited, and then was eventually told that there was even a bigger mistake. That “even bigger mistake” was that our movie would NOT air at all on their TBAE network station!

    I then reached out to Birdie (The Media Coordinator) and the one who done all the communications with me and let her know how highly dissatisfied I was. I told her that this was not at all what was promised on the Film Freeway website and that it was very misleading to filmmakers. I told her it was not fair and that I was respectfully asking for a refund of my entry fee. It was at this point that she cut off all communications with me. I waited a few weeks and reached out to her once again and politely requested my money back since I did not get anything out of the deal, (except a laurel). She has yet to respond to me and my final e-mail to her was on November 30th.

    So filmmakers, BEWARE. Do not believe everything that you are promised when it comes to film festivals. They just want entry fees and then go back on their word.

    January 2023