For more than two decades, Tribeca Festival has been a destination for new, groundbreaking storytelling from established and emerging artists. The 2023 Tribeca Festival will take place from June 7-18 in New York City. Next June, Tribeca will continue to explore creative innovation across film, TV, immersive, games, audio storytelling, talks, and more.

SHORTS: Submissions for short films open on October 26th.

STUDENT SHORT DIRECTORS: Submit via our website for the discounted rate ($30 USD): https://extranet.tribecafilm.com/submissions

GAMES and PODCASTS: submission forms can be found on our website: https://extranet.tribecafilm.com/submissions

Please see our full Entry Rules & Regulations: https://tribecafilm-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/document/document/1870/Rules_and_Regulation_2023_v3.pdf

As well as our Submissions FAQ: https://tribecafilm-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/document/document/1869/Submissions_FAQ_2023_v2.pdf

• In 2022, cash awards totaled $165,000, in addition to over $219,000 in artwork. Awards for TF23 may be modified.
• Unless otherwise agreed by the Festival in writing, awards will be given to the winning film director or project creator (as identified in the Festival Information Form) on behalf of the film (except for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Editing) and will be fulfilled approximately 12-16 weeks after the closing date of TF23.
• Award eligibility is subject to any restrictions or conditions imposed by applicable laws and regulations (international, federal, state or otherwise), and the award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes, customs, tariffs, insurance and similar charges or costs (if any).
• By invitation, Features by first time directors having their World Premieres at TF23 (except those only shown in the “Gala” section or as a “Special Screening” or “Special Event”) are eligible for the Best New Documentary Award or Best New Narrative Award. The Festival in its sole discretion may also consider North American or International Premieres for the Best New Narrative or Best New Documentary Awards.
• All new Features (except those only shown in the “Gala”, "Tribeca Talks" or “Retrospectives”) are eligible for the “Audience Award,” regardless of section.
• By invitation, Features written and/or directed by women having at least their North American Premieres at TF23 (except those only shown in the “Gala”, "Tribeca Talks" or “Retrospectives”) are eligible for the Nora Ephron Award.
• All selected projects that are actually exhibited as part of the Tribeca Immersive competition programs during TF23 are eligible for any award(s) that may be given in connection with the Tribeca Immersive at TF23 (awards are not guaranteed and are determined from year to year in the Festival’s sole discretion).

*The above listed awards are from the 2022 Tribeca Festival and are subject to change for TF23 by the Festival in its sole discretion.

Since submission of a film constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules & Regulations (by you and your agents), please review this document carefully.

Please see our full Entry Rules & Regulations: https://tribecafilm-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/document/document/1870/Rules_and_Regulation_2023_v3.pdf

As well as our Submissions FAQ: https://tribecafilm-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/document/document/1869/Submissions_FAQ_2023_v2.pdf

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES - TRIBECA FESTIVAL:

Selected projects from all categories will be presented to the public at the 22nd Annual Tribeca Festival currently scheduled to take place on June 7-18, 2023 (“TF23”). Since submission of a project constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules & Regulations (by you and your agents), please review this document carefully. Submitted projects must not:
• have screened or exhibited publicly in the New York region
• have had ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution, or exhibition before January 1, 2022.*
*Not applicable to Tribeca Games submissions.

Feature and Short Films:
Tribeca showcases short and feature films from emerging talent and established filmmakers with distinct voices and bold new ideas. Films invited to participate in the 2023 Tribeca Festival will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion. Films will also be considered for our online section which will premiere on our Tribeca At Home platform.

Eligible projects include feature films (runtime ≥ 40 minutes). Short films (runtime < 40 minutes); including documentaries, narratives, animation, experimental films, and music videos.

Tribeca NOW:
Tribeca NOW is a platform that discovers, highlights, and celebrates independent episodic work, including short and long form pilots/series, of both narrative and documentary genres. Eligible projects include episodic projects created for broadcast television and/or streaming, and web series. Submitted projects must show the potential for serial growth; standalone short films will not be considered.

Additional to consideration as an Official Selection of TF23, filmmakers submitting to Tribeca NOW will also be considered for the Tribeca Creators Market, a first-of-its-kind, private industry market held during TF23 that brings together emerging feature film, episodic, immersive, podcast, and games storytellers to pitch new projects to and network with a wide range of industry members, including distributors, producers, networks, funders, and more. Interested participants must have prepared pitch materials (i.e. scripts, look books, etc.) in advance of the event for Market staff to review. All filmmakers chosen as Official Selections of the Tribeca NOW section will receive an automatic invitation to the Tribeca Creators Market.

Eligible projects include
Long form episodics and short form episodics, inclusive of web series.

Tribeca Immersive:
Tribeca exhibits immersive projects throughout TF23 to showcase new forms and uses of emerging media, highlighting innovation across a variety of platforms. These may range from virtual reality and augmented reality projects to cross-platform films, 360 films, multi-media installations, and apps.

Submissions will be considered for the Tribeca Virtual Arcade (for room-scale VR and/or XR projects and 360 Films). All World Premiere & International Premiere selections will also be considered for inclusion in our Immersive competition sections. Some selections from the program may also be included in our online initiative for a global audience, pending approval by the creative team.

Project creators will also be considered for the Tribeca Creators Market, a first-of-its-kind, private industry market that brings together leading online and immersive storytellers to pitch new projects to a wide range of industry members, including distributors, agencies, funders, and more.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to virtual reality projects, 360 films, augmented reality projects, web projects, mobile apps, multi-media installations and multi-platform works, but in any event, projects must have some sort of interactive element. Linear or 2D films will not be accepted.

Tribeca Games (tribecafilm.com only):
Tribeca will feature video game projects throughout TF23 to highlight this important medium as a form of storytelling, art, and innovation. Story is defined in the broadest sense including narrative, world building, and/or artistic excellence. Cross-medium projects and unique use of technology that challenge our current understanding games is embraced. Submissions will be considered for the Tribeca Games section and, if selected, will be considered Official Selections and will be featured during TF23.

Project creators will also be considered for the Tribeca Creators Market, a first-of-its-kind, private industry market that brings together leading online and immersive storytellers to pitch new projects to a wide range of industry members, including distributors, agencies, funders, and more.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to all U.S. and internationally produced games that are created for web, console, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mobile games. Tabletop games are not accepted at this time.

Tribeca Podcasts (tribecafilm.com only):
Recognizing the importance of audio storytelling, the Festival will curate an Official Selection of podcasts and audio stories, with an emphasis on discovering, highlighting, and celebrating independent work. Selected projects for the TF23 will be showcased on the Festival’s website and/or in-person listening stations for the duration of the Festival. Selected projects will be reviewed by a jury of leaders and professionals in the entertainment and audio industry and be eligible for an official festival award.

Project creators will also be considered for the Tribeca Creators Market, a first-of-its-kind, private industry market that brings together leading online and immersive storytellers to pitch new projects to a wide range of industry members, including distributors, agencies, funders, and more.

Eligible projects include English-language, fiction and narrative nonfiction* podcasts and audio stories. Submitted projects must be 10-90 minutes in length, they can be episodic (including serialized) or stand-alone pieces (as further described below), and must not have been made publicly available.

*Story-driven nonfiction projects, as opposed to interview or talk shows. These projects will use editing to incorporate interviews and/or other sounds and music. Examples: This American Life, Radiolab, Serial.

Episodic Projects:
These projects were designed to be released as one episode in a larger series or podcast. Only one (1) episode per series may be submitted. See eligibility requirements above.

Serialized Projects:
These are episodic projects where the story arc spans multiple episodes (Examples: Serial, Homecoming). Only one (1) episode per series may be submitted. The first episode of the story must be submitted. This will either be the first episode of the series or the first episode of a season.

Stand-Alone Projects:
Audio stories that are not part of a series, not an episode of a podcast. See eligibility requirements above.

Questions regarding submissions may be directed to entries@tribecafilm.com.