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 PICTURE (1st, 2nd, 3rd), BEST FEATURETTE FILM (1st, 2nd, 3rd), BEST SHORT FILM (1st, 2nd, 3rd), 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 TECHNICAL INNOVATION FILM, BEST NEW MEDIUM FILM, and BEST GENRE BENDER FILM.

Quarterly Inspiration Awards include: BEST ADAPTED STORY, BEST DIRECTOR'S HOMAGE, and BEST PERIOD-PIECE FILM.

Quarterly Crossover Awards (regardless of competition) include: BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST COSTUME EXECUTION, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, BEST WRITING, BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, BEST HORROR/SCI-FI FILM, BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM, BEST QUEER FILM, BEST GRADUATE FILM, BEST UNDERGRADUATE 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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  • Super nice people with an impressive line of films.

    We were so happy to attend. Thanks for having KILL AL in the line-up of your first year. A prestigious honour indeed.

    October 2019
  • Jim Kroft

    I was so sorry I couldn't be there in person - however I cannot stress what a positive experience being a part of the festival was. There are not many festivals where you get such good communication, phone calls and a wonderful personal touch - all with the thrust of such enthusiasm for film, the creative process and reaching out to support film makers. I take my hat off - thanks guys!

    September 2019
  • It was such a pleasure and honor to participate in this film festival! The organizers were so communicative, answering all my emails/questions promptly and clearly! Their professionalism truly made the experience special and memorable. My crew and cast had a blast at the screening, which featured a clear, high quality projection along with excellent sound, movie popcorn and refreshments :) Looking forward to the next event!!!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Lee! You were so gracious at the event, and it was wonderful to see your supporters there too! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts :-)

  • Kinedimorae srl

    This is one of the best festival around the world: truly attentive to new languages in cinema especially creativity and cool films! Our film PRINCESS directed by Michele Bizzi, won an award for Best Costume Design! As a producer I suggest this festival to all those who have made a creative and different film, and for all of those who want to be part on this incredible international filmmakers creative family!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Princess was such a positive, uplifting film. We were so excited to include you in our Official Selection.

  • This is an awesome film festival! Our film SOUND won several awards including Best Innovation Short. This is something special...creative and cool!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Tawan. Your film was a standout among the Innovation Program. The audience was really into it, and we were too!