TWO ROADS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL invites you to choose your competition: INNOVATION or INSPIRATION!

--WHO WE ARE--
TRIFF is based in New York City where we believe that "great films are either innovative, reflective, or both". That without pushing boundaries or referencing inspiration, there is no layout for a stand-out, exemplary film. Thus, we provide "two roads" of competition for our submitters.

--WHERE WE ARE--
All of our competitions are at The Baumann in Brooklyn, where up-and-coming Independent Artists of all sorts are housed. A space created by Fergus Baumann, this warehouse-styled space is a living space by day and a performance space by night. With wooden benches, pipes lining the ceilings, and high-quality projection set-up, The Baumann provides a high-quality, underground movie theatre experience.

--WHAT YOU GET--
Winners get Laurels, Free Promotion, Bragging Rights, and a New York Pat-on-the-Back.
...Not to mention winners compete at our ANNUAL screening event: The Golden Brick Competition (GBC) FOR FREE in December 2020!

--CHOOSE YOUR COMPETITION--
Innovation Competition:
Eligible INNOVATION films might be as simple as: including under-represented characters, realizing a new filmmaking process (i.e. a live-streaming iPhone movie), or inventing new visual styles. We don't want to use the word "unprecedented", but we like new & exciting ideas. Anything that you, the filmmaker, consider new & cutting-edge would be eligible.

Inspiration Competition:
Eligible INSPIRATION films might include: a black-and-white talkie-style musical, or a nostalgia-based 80's horror throwback film, or even a movie that is dipped in the style of your favorite director. Anything that you, the filmmaker, consider to be inspired by other works would be eligible.

--WHO WE WANT--
We're calling all Hitchcock Lovers, all 90's RomCom Renovators! All Indie-budget head-turners and new-age tear jerkers. Calling all 1930s flashbacks, Black-and-White Silent Dramas with a touch of modernization. All Italian Cine-makers with a flare of French, all Indian Blockbusters with a Bollywood Rebellion. A film like nothing we've ever seen, or a film we remember while seeing it. A re-make of a classic, a classic-in-the-making. The new & the old: "two roads diverged in a yellow wood", and you took whatever the hell you wanted.

​We want you & your brilliant ideas.
Choose your road.

Sincerely,
The TRIFF Team

Quarterly Competition Winners receive Official TRIFF Laurels, Free Promotion, as well as free entry into the Annual Event: The TRIFF Golden Brick Competition (GBC). GBC Award-Winners receive trophies and/or certificates in addition to laurels.

Quarterly Awards include: BEST FEATURE FILM (Award & Nominees), BEST FEATURETTE FILM (Award & Nominees), BEST SHORT FILM (Award & Nominees), BEST ACTOR/ACTRESS (Award & Nominees), BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/ACTRESS (Award & Nominees), BEST FEATURED PERFORMER (Award & Nominees), BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM (Feature & Short Subject), BEST ANIMATION FILM (Feature & Short), BEST MUSIC VIDEO, BEST WEB SERIES, and HONORABLE MENTIONS.

Quarterly Innovation Awards include: BEST NEO-STYLE FILM, BEST NEW MEDIUM FILM, and BEST GENRE-BENDER FILM.

Quarterly Inspiration Awards include: BEST ORIGINAL IDEA, BEST DIRECTOR'S HOMMAGE, and BEST PERIOD-PIECE FILM.

Quarterly Crossover Awards (regardless of competition) include: BEST WRITING (Award & Nominees), BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Award & Nominees), BEST EDITING, BEST COLORING, BEST SOUND DESIGN, BEST COSTUME DESIGN, BEST ART DIRECTOR, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, BEST ORIGINAL SONG, BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, BEST HORROR/SCI-FI FILM, BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM, BEST QUEER FILM, BEST STUDENT FILM, BEST YOUTH FILM, and BEST FIRST-TIME FILMMAKER.

WHAT WE ACCEPT:

Narrative Films, Animation Films, Documentary Films, Experimental Films, Web Series, and Music Videos.

Film Lengths Include:
Short Films: 0 - 30 minutes
Featurette Films: 31 - 60 minutes
Feature Films: 61 - 180 minutes

TERMS & REGULATIONS:

*TWO ROADS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (TRIFF) only accepts any film within our running time requirements.

*We hold the right to re-direct any accepted film into a different branch (road)​​​ of competition that we see fit.

*We have the right to reject any film that we find to be "unacceptable" to our subjective standard.

*Any accepted/rejected film will be notified via FilmFreeway and/or e--mail.​

*All competitions before the first Quarterly Competition in January/February, 2020, will be classified as a "Beta" Competition (more info here). The sole purpose of this denotation is to set a precedent that all future Annual Events accepts films beginning every New Year.

*Any award-winning film via the Beta Competitions will also be eligible for the first Annual Event (2020). In other words, the Beta Competition is a temporary expansion to the first annual competition.

*For the first year (including the Beta Competition), there is no requirement for the year of production.

*Starting the year 2021, we only accept films completed after December 31st, 2019.

*There is no premiere requirement.

*All films must be submitted online through FilmFreeway.com. No screen deliverables.

*All non-English speaking films must have English subtitles encoded upon submission.

*We do not discriminated against any country of origin, language, age, race, education, ideology, or economic resources.

*However, we do not tolerate any distasteful & purposeless pornography/violence/racism/​misogyny/prejudice/plagiarism of any kind.

*How to participate in the Golden Brick Competition (GBC) Annual Event of any given year:
I. A film that wins any Quarterly Competition award of that year​ automatically advances to compete in the TRIFF Official Selection.
i. No fee is required for an​ advanced film.
ii. TRIFF ultimately decides if a film with Honorable Mention merit advances to the GBC.

II. A filmmaker may submit directly to the GBC if he/she chooses not compete in the Quarterly Competition.
i. However, a filmmaker can only submit once a year.

*A film cannot be submitted twice.

*We do not download film submissions from any links or 3rd party sites without request.

*We do not accept incomplete/unfinished works or proxy files.

*We do not accept films without proper music licensing (if applicable).

*If TRIFF accepts a film without proper music licensing (for any reason), we hold the submitter responsible for all damages, claims, and/or financial liability.

*In order to be considered upon submission, all films must be available to view through FilmFreeways’s online screening interface.

*No fee waivers and no refundable entry fees.

*TRIFF has the right to use, advertise, and/or market submitted films using press kits, stills, clips, titles, trailers, synopses, or other media sourced from the aforementioned submission; such purposes may include (but are not limited to) displaying such information on the TRIFF website.

*Submitters to all TRIFF competitions agree to indemnify and hold its employees, directors and representatives NOT responsible for any--and--all losses, damages, rights, claims, injuries and actions of any kind in connection with TRIFF.

*By submitting to our festival, you agree upon our Terms & Regulations.

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  • ANDRÉ BORELLI

    A great festival made by young and brave people! Glad to be part of it!

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Many thank you's to you, André! We enjoyed The Well, and wish you future success :-)

  • András Attila Farkas

    A wonderful festival. The staff is amazing and the overall experience was fantastic. Thank You for the Awards of our short film Katalinka 16. WE LOVE YOU!

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you András! Your film was a fantastic addition to our Competition, and thank you for joining us on our Filmmakers Panel :)

  • Cristian Saliadarre

    It was an honour to be part of this amazing festival

    April 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Christian! Stay tuned as we navigate these difficult times. Your laurel is coming soon :-)

  • Brian O'Malley

    A very good line up of films that I was proud to be a part of. Excellent communication. A small festival that should grow next year. It would be great to have sizable audience for all these great films, they deserve it.

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Brian! It was great to meet you at our festival. We are working hard to improve our festival, and reviews like this help greatly :)

  • Tetiana Khodakivska

    Innovation and Inspiration - two things that you have to know about this festival. I highly respect the position, statement, and the road the Festival choose. Highly recommend it to all filmmakers.

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tetiana! We hopen you wear that Best Documentary Film laurel proudly. :-)