It was challenging to say the least for all of us to not only put on a live film festival over a couple of nights, in New York City... But to do two film festivals in one?
Our commitment to watching every film and providing our review notes on Facebook is something frankly EVERY FESTIVAL should do if they're accepting a submission fee.
First, we were amazed by our filmmakers' individual and collective determination to make movies during a global pandemic. And with your support, our reach and engagements have exploded on Facebook. Our viewership is up for our Friday night TV show in NYC, and we streamed the entire event live on our new YouTube channel with 80 unique attendees (which isn't bad for a channel that was set up one week prior to the festival). You see we're all about the data, and we notice everything. Which is why Transparent 4 will be even bigger and better.
Perhaps most importantly, we were able to honor our commitment to the best of the 2020 filmmakers who were shut out of screening live. This was very important to us because we don't just "phone it in". And we don't just select films from NYC to sell tickets. Our future and our brand are everything to us, as are you. We're not only grateful that you choose to submit your films to Transparent Film Festival, but we sincerely value your hard work and commitment, and feel you are owed at least the same from ALL FILM FESTIVALS.
The 4th Transparent Film Festival will take place live Friday and Saturday May 27 & 28.
If a filmmaker requests to know why they were accepted or rejected, it shouldn't be too hard to provide a reason. That is what makes us different than most festivals, and why our first year was a HUGE success. The past two seasons, we screened every frame of every film and returned our detailed notes. Please see our screening receipts at http://Facebook.com/transparentfilmfestival.
We're not a money making outfit with 38 categories, with ridiculous fees and monthly "film awards" that no one attends. We do this once a year and have a weekly cable show in Manhattan New York City every Friday night (see www.transparentfilmfestival.com), where we show clips from some of the best submissions. Our activity on Facebook speaks for itself.
Some important things you should know.
1. Due to the Coronavirus and ensuing shut down of NYC, we weren't allowed to hold a live event and held the festival online. It was a huge success. We hope to screen some of the winning selections from Transparent 2 at Transparent 3.
2. No one can "walk a friend's project in". Preference is not given to local filmmakers.
3. Your film will be watched, and the time your film was screened posted on Facebook at http://facebook.com/transparentfilmfestival. NO FORM LETTERS. Our ratings will be sent to every filmmaker. While we screened every frame of every film last season, we cannot guarantee to do so this year as we expect many times the amount of submissions. If your film holds our interest we will watch it until the end.
4. Films submitted by any friends, family members or acquaintances related to festival staff, and or judges will be referred to qualified judges without a conflict of interest.
Our goal is simply to find unknown filmmakers and help them get exposure. If we send a request for download it means we would like to spotlight a clip from your film on our cable show and possibly on our streaming channel.
Some of our celebrity judges have either an Emmy and/or a Grammy award or nomination. They will be given a small amount of films that make it through the initial screening process.
If you are tired of spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on submission fees, and never hearing why you’ve been rejected, please consider submitting to the first-ever Transparent Film Festival.
First Place and Runner Up Awards are presented for Best in Category (Feature, Short, TV Pilot, Horror, Documentary, Mobile and Performance Video), as well as awards for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.
Due to the pandemic, there will unfortunately be no cash prizes this year.
1) Winning filmmakers MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE in order for their films to screen live; and,
2) Category Winners DO NOT NEED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE to collect their award, but must record a brief acceptance speech to be shown to the audience.
We will provide a hi-res Laurels Image for ALL SELECTED FILMS upon request INCLUDING films selected but that are screened online.
PLEASE READ ALL RULES AND TERMS CAREFULLY PRIOR TO SUBMITTING YOUR FILM. BY SUBMITTING YOUR FILM TO THE TRANSPARENT FILM FESTIVAL, YOU HEREBY AGREE TO THE BELOW TERMS.
The 3rd Transparent Film Festival (“TFF”) will take in May 2021 in New York City at The Producers Club (358 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036). Due to the Pandemic, the venue operators may at their discretion choose to at anytime cancel the event. If this happens, any money for ticket purchases will be returned to the method of payment used.
All films selected can not be shown live due to time constraints. This is due in part to our choosing to accommodate 2020 winners who were shut out of screening during the pandemic. Accordingly, we have half the screen time for the 2021 filmmakers. All films given SELECTED status will screen online. (SEE BELOW).
IMPORTANT: If your film has been selected to screen live, it may be removed from its live program slot under either of the following two conditions:
1) We are unable to reach you (by email, facebook, text message, phone, app, etc.), or otherwise communicate with you; and/or,
2) You have not claimed your complimentary tickets.
If you don't care enough about your film screening live, then we will still acknowledge your achievement, albeit ONLINE.
We recommend following us on Facebook if possible at https://www.facebook.com/transparentfilmfestival.
BY SUBMITTING YOUR FILM TO THIS FESTIVAL YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT TO GIVING TRANSPARENT FILM FESTIVAL THE NON-EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO PROMOTE YOUR FILM ON OUR WEBSITE BY GRANTING US A DOWNLOAD LINK.
WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE OWN NO RIGHTS TO YOUR FILM, AND THAT YOU MAY REQUEST US TO REMOVE YOUR FILM FROM OUR WEBSITE AT ANY TIME AND FOR ANY REASON.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT OUR POSTING YOUR FILM ON OUR WEBSITE IS FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, AND THAT THERE IS NO MONEY DUE YOU OR ANYONE ELSE INCLUDING BUT NOT NECESSARILY LIMITED TO: THE SUBMITTER (or submitters as the case may be); THE PRODUCERS; ACTORS; ACTRESSES; CREW; INVESTORS; SPONSORS, etc., OR ANYONE WHO WORKED ON OR IS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR FILM.
1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted beginning June 1, 2021. The final deadline is Sunday May 8, 2022. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance. Last season, literally the very first, AND very last submissions were selected.
2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY. We do not accept films sent over by DVD. If selected, you must provide a theatrical quality screener that is HD and 2K in size dimensions as we will be showing on a 2K projector. Anything less than HD at a minimum of 1920 x 1080 will not be screened.
IMPORTANT ITEM 1 - We will review EVERY film. Due to the number of submissions we can no longer guarantee (as we did with the first three seasons), that we will watch every frame. We will provide our notes TO ALL FILMMAKERS along with our FilmFreeway Rating, and post a date stamped viewing receipt on our Facebook Page so you know when we viewed your submission.
IMPORTANT ITEM 2 - By approving our request for download, you consent to allowing us to promote your film on our website. We own no rights to your film. You may ask Ron have it removed at any time.
Please do not submit to our festival and make your film available for download if you are worried that a conflict will arise with other festivals. Our cable TV Show (audience reach of 620,000 people), in Manhattan NYC. Our streaming online has been gaining in popularity since launching last year. It will not affect your acceptance status. We own no rights to your film. We just just think it’s cool at a minimum and think people should see it.
3. Submission Eligibility
(A) All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2019. Yes this is correct. We will watch films from last year.
(B) Do not submit if you have exclusive distribution already in place.
(C) Transparent Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify any film for any reason. For instance, nudity is fine, children appearing in a film naked is not material we are comfortable with receiving and/or reviewing. Violence, even graphic violence in a narrative context is fine. However video footage of someone being pummeled is not.
4. Premiere Status
- There is no premiere policy.
5. Submission Fee
All submissions for The Transparent Film Festival are to be paid through FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable.
6. Shipping - We no longer accepted snail mail.
Use WeTransfer, Dropbox or Google Drive to send us content to:
7. If your film is selected - that means it will screen either live or online. Due to the pandemic, many films that we would like to screen live, we just can't. However we put all selected films on our website at http://transparentfilmfestival.com/. We are behind a paywall so films are not publicly available.
Features only screen online.
DOUBLE MAKING SURE YOU UNDERSTAND
By submitting your film to Transparent Film Festival, you acknowledge, and grant us permission to upload your film to our website for exposition and promotional purposes. We acknowledge that the operators of this website own no rights to your film, and you may request at any time to have it removed.
8. Selection of Films
Every submission will be screened and reviewed under the following criteria, and given a score between 1 and 10 according to our customized rating system on FilmFreeway - which you will receive a copy of. Note we post all ratings on Facebook, not the reviews.
TFF will complete all selection procedures by May 10, 2022, and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Filmmakers whose submissions are accepted into the festival will be given two weeks to prepare, and will immediately receive information on how to make the most of participating in the Festival.
10. Festival Screenings
As selected films will be shown on 2K Projection Screen, selected films MUST provide an .MOV file that must be at least 1920 x 1080 HD quality. The film title and running time MUST be included in the file name. All foreign language films MUST contain English subtitles files.
Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of TFF. The festival organizers will make every effort to adhere to the published schedule, however, TFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. TFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival after it is selected.
12. Preference for live screenings will be given to those filmmakers who are selected, actively promote their screening and commit to attending the festival. International Selections are screened online UNLESS THEY ARE IN CONTENTION FOR A BEST IN CATEGORY award (such as Best Foreign Film).
SUPPLEMENTAL RULES (PLEASE READ)
A. Film must have started production AFTER 2020 and be FULLY COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE SUBMISSION PERIOD.
B. Filmmakers, or their representatives, must be in attendance to receive a "BEST OF" festival award.
THERE ARE NO LONGER COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS DUE TOBTHE FACT THAT FILMMAKERS REQUEST THEM AND THEN DO NOT ATTEND (thereby limiting tickets available for purchase).
C. We reserve the right to disqualify any film and or filmmaker for any reason such as dishonesty, violating our terms and conditions, or for any reason whatsoever. This includes the use of any unlicensed material (music or video footage).
D. Filmmakers who withdraw their film after receiving our notes will not receive a refund, and be banned from submitting to our festival in the future.
E. Filmmakers who are selected, but who are unable to attend their screening in person, will have their films screened online. Films screened online are still in competition for BEST OF FEST awards (as was the case in 2021).