THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2018 (#affestnyc) is now accepting submissions. This short film festival is international in scope and open to filmmakers of all levels seeking to gain exposure in New York’s international market.
See our Call-For-Entry video here: https://youtu.be/20lhHuWQkWc

Each year, the festival highlights a category depicting a prominent social, political, or economic issue. This year’s themed category is 'Women's Empowerment.'

Our full list of categories include:

Narrative
Comedy / Musical
Dark Themes
Sci-Fi
Animation
Experimental
Music Video
Documentary
Women's Empowerment

Please see Rules & Terms for eligibility.

Award recognition will be given at a ceremony in New York City, alongside screenings of selected films. Award categories include:

BEST NARRATIVE
BEST COMEDY / MUSICAL
BEST DARK THEMES
BEST SCI-FI

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST ANIMATED SHORT

BEST THEMATIC SHORT (WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT)
BEST SOUND DESIGN

BEST DIRECTOR
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST EDITING
BEST SCREENPLAY
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
AUDIENCE AWARD
JURORS AWARD

ALL SUBMISSIONS:
Submissions are only being accepted through FilmFreeway.com
• Entries must be with English subtitles or in English.
• Films must have a running time of 40 minutes or less, including credits.
• Web series can compete utilizing a single episode submitted under any of the given categories.
• Works-in-Progress will not be accepted.
• Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016.

• SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

• No commissioned works (industrials, infomercials, etc.) are accepted into this festival. Only independently produced films and videos are to be considered for competition. (However, films receiving production funding is permissible).

• THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE does not pay screening fees. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway.com you acknowledge that THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE will not pay to present your film.

• Selected entries must be submitted and available by June 1, 2018 to be included in the festival line-up.

CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

• NARRATIVE
• COMEDY / MUSICAL
• DARK THEMES
• SCI-FI
• DOCUMENTARY
• ANIMATION
• EXPERIMENTAL
• MUSIC VIDEO

STUDENT SUBMISSIONS:
In order to submit to this category, students (defined as high school or college undergrad students) must provide documentation of active enrollment in an educational institution: a signed letter from your school or youth based organization, plus your student ID.

MULTIPLE ENTRIES:
Filmmakers may submit multiple entries to THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE. Each submission must be accompanied by a separate FilmFreeway.com online entry form.

IF SELECTED, THE EXHIBITION FORMAT IS: ProRes422.mov

TICKETING:
Theatre space is limited. No refunds on tickets or festival passes. Items are subject to availability. Dates are subject to change.

PLEASE NOTE:
You do not need to purchase tickets or festival passes to submit to THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
By submitting your film to THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE you are hereby agree to the following terms & conditions:

I hereby state that I am legally authorized to enter this film into THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE.

I guarantee that I own the rights to the film in its entirety, or that I have secured in writing all proprietary rights as required by law the use of the following: music, audio samples, images, performances, text, trademarks and/or service marks, and any other intellectual property used in the film and indicated on this form.
I have also acquired the necessary releases for all persons, talent, crew, and/or location(s) involved in producing the film submitted for this competition.

I will indemnify, safeguard, and hold harmless THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC., THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE, and all of their festival sponsors, related parties and/or affiliates, from any claims, damages, costs, expenses, and liabilities arising from the creation, publication, use, viewing, or reproduction of the film at present or in the future, including, but not limited to, claims for negligence and other infringements, fraud, unauthorized exhibition, discrimination, defamation, and breach of contract.

I agree to give THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC. and THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE a non-exclusive, perpetual right at no cost to duplicate, screen, or disperse the film in any media and in any manner it deems appropriate for promotional and educational purposes related to the festival. I hereby have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the foregoing license, and all of my content does not infringe, violate, misappropriate or otherwise conflict with the rights of any third party, and complies with all applicable laws and regulations, foreign and domestic. I accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

I agree to allow THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC. and THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE to use photographs, audio or visual interviews of myself, and other likenesses of me, as well as, my name, either actual or fictitious. I hold THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC. and THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE harmless from the damage to, or the loss of, film media and/or any publicity materials that I supply.
My submission and all activities related to my submission will be in compliance with the FilmFreeway’s Terms of Service for Filmmakers.

I have read and fully comprehended the guidelines. I have complied with the terms of submission stated above and my application and payment into the competition verifies my acceptance of all Rules, Terms, and Submission Conditions.

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  • Shwenn Shunya Chang

    Great and Awesome festival!! It is a honor to be an official selection in THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE.I really appreciate that I have this chance to be part of it. It was a great time to see my film with all the crowds in your festival. I cannot wait to submit my works more to you in future.

    January 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Shwenn,
    Thanks so much for sharing your work with our festival and the community. Looking forward to seeing what's next from you!

  • An excellent and promising festival only in its second year. Amos did a wonderful job making this not just a festival for lovers of underground and artsy short films, but to provide the attending filmmakers with opportunities to network. Communication was excellent and some of the screened films were definitely worth the while. I hope the Artists Forum will continue and grow over the coming years. A hidden gem, but probably not for long!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Viktor! So glad to have had you at #affestnyc this year! We found your film "Refuge" to be a great addition to our line up and look to forward to viewing your future work.

  • Rolf Kasteleiner

    It is a great honor that my historical short "The life of Marie" received the overall Best International Short award and Best Cinematography award. I wish I could have been there, but I am looking forward for the next edition. Thank you very much, Amos White!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Rolf. Your film was obviously well received. Congratulations again on your wins!

  • Muriel Paraboni

    It was great to have my film "Eventide" participating at The Artists Forum Festival. Unfortunately I could not attend it, but since the first contact I had continuous and friendly feedback. Thank you very much to the director Amos White and all the team for the opportuny to screen in New York, congratulations for the great event, wish you all the best for the next editions!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Muriel. "Eventide" was well received -- Attendees really enjoyed the work, and we were proud to show it. We look forward to seeing your upcoming films and hope you will be able to attend the festival in the near future. All our best!

  • Luis Servera

    A festival with a lot of heart and appreciations for cinema. I was honored to be apart of this festival. Really expect big things from this festival in the future.

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Luis. And congratulations with your Audience Award win!