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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  • Really good communication, and good event, I recommend it. I appreciatre it !

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    Response from festival:

    Hello Gazanfer. Thanks so much for your review. GAB was well received by our audience. Looking forward to viewing your next project.

  • The Artists Forum is a great organization with a fantastic mission, and I was proud that my short film was selected to be screened as part of their Festival of the Moving Image. Amos, the board, and the volunteers were all fantastic, and worked hard to facilitate engaging conversations with the artists. I would highly recommend submitting to this festival.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Laura. Thanks so much for your kind words. We really enjoyed meeting you, screening your work, and having you at the Q&A. As you could tell by the live response, the audience reaction to your film was very positive. We look forward to seeing more from you in the near future.

  • Mary Lou Belli

    This is a small festival with a big impact. The communication was excellent, the vision for what they wanted to program was specific yet broad enough to include many genres. The folks who run the fest are friendly, knowledgeable, and their outreach to sponsors and a NYC cable station allows for maximum visibility.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Mary Lou. Thanks so much for you review! It was a pleasure to meet you and your crew. We really appreciate you flying in to join us from the West Coast! As you could see from your Q&A responses, your film was very well received. Everyone here at #affestnyc looks forward to seeing your new projects.

  • A big thank you to Amos and his staff for screening our short and making everyone feel so special. A true indie festival driven by a great group of people!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Pat. It was a pleasure to screen "Tin Can". The audience response was very positive! We all look forward to seeing your upcoming works.

  • We had a blast at AFFNYC!!! Amos and team were so welcoming and so invested in the filmmakers and their work. Excellently curated works amongst a variety of genres and formats. Great networking opportunities and the studio artist showcase element was really special. Would recommend this festival to anyone, as it is a fantastic platform to get your work into a very important market. We will definitely be back.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hi CJ. Thanks so much for your kind words! As you could tell from the audience feedback, everyone really enjoyed you, your crew, and your well orchestrated work: Hunger - A Short Film. Dark Themes is a new category for us and we are proud to feature your film in it. And your coming in from Australia is still mind blowing for us here at #affestnyc! We look forward to seeing your upcoming productions.