Third Eye Film Festival (TEFF) aims to build a community dedicated to showcasing 'otherworldly' stories and supports the work of visionary female filmmakers in spiritual, fantasy, and horror genres.

The 4th annual TEFF will be held at Howl! Happening Gallery in NYC's historical Lower East Side in Spring 2020!

More information about the event will be available on our website later this year.


We are seeking films in the following categories:

    Female Eye *

* Third Eye Film Festival pledges to endorse women and female-identifying persons in the film industry. The genres of this festival are ones where the female perspective is underrepresented and TEFF aims to make these voices heard. The festival offers discounted submission costs for qualifying films that compete in the Female Eye category.

⁃ Films in this category MUST have female or female-identifying Director or Director of Photography, AND fit into one of our festival genres: Horror, Fantasy, or Spiritual. We proudly embrace the queer and LGBT communities. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact us at


Films must be completed within two years of the festival date. Premiere status is irrelevant, though we prefer films that are not easily accessible online. Exceptions can always be made, so please contact us if you have any questions!

If submitting as a student, we require you to e-mail a scan of your student ID or other qualifying paperwork within 1 week.

If selected, please be prepared to deliver a digital file of your film + press kit via downloadable link.

Overall Rating
  • Madeleine Hicks

    Third Eye is by far my favorite genre film festival. I’ve been lucky enough to attend the last two years with different shorts and have had a great experience both times. The blocks are beautifully curated, with a diverse selection of films that somehow all feel like a family. Darian and Namu do a brilliant job of making filmmakers and attendees feel comfortable and welcome, which organically leads to everyone feeling open to making connections and building new relationships in a low key, intimate environment. I highly recommend submitting, especially if you’re a female filmmaker.

    April 2019
  • Alannah Olivia

    One of my favourite festivals I have had my film screened at with the strongest film selection I have seen so far. Amazing communication and the two boss ladies who run this are so awesome and true lovers of film. A really personal film festival, and the quality of projection was better than some of the cinemas I have had my short screened at. Thanks so much for having team Taarof third eye! We love you!!!

    April 2019
  • Nic Yulo

    An absolutely amazing Film Festival, with a strong film selection! I felt so honored to be surrounded by all the generous and talented filmmakers.

    February 2018
  • Devi Snively

    I had a good feeling about this fest from the get-go and it still managed to exceed my high expectations -- a packed house for every screening with eclectic and highly engaged audiences and the fest team are the warmest, most wonderful people ever. Their intros and conducting of Q & A added so much to each screening, and do they ever know how to curate shorts programs (the answer is and how!) I couldn't believe how fast each 90-minute block flew by -- offering engagin films of varying genres, lengths and styles, yet all tied together in the most delightful ways. And the after-parties every night were fabulous too. The space is great, as is projection, and everybody is so friendly. A truly special experience I will never forget. Third Eye is all about art, artists and art appreciation and will renew your passion in films and filmmaking. Do not miss this one!

    February 2018
  • Judith Beauvallet

    A very warm welcome and a great selection of shorts. The organizers lead the Q&As with sharp and interesting questions, and make it very easy for people to connect.

    February 2018