THE ARTISTS FORUM, a NY State 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts service organization, is proud to present THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE (#affestnyc), now in its second year. This year’s festival will consist of short films in multiple genres. We are actively seeking films with innovative vision and unique perspectives.

THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE is also accepting Student Entries (films made for class assignments). Please see Festival Rules & Terms for eligibility requirements.

Check out our video announcement here:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BlCYZWHQKkI&feature=youtu.be

Awards & Prizes

THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE is a competitive program open worldwide to filmmakers of all levels seeking to gain exposure in New York City's international market. Categories include:

• NARRATIVE SHORT
• DOCUMENTARY SHORT
• NEW YORK STORIES - NARRATIVE SHORT
• NEW YORK STORIES - DOCUMENTARY SHORT
• ANIMATED SHORT
• EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
• MUSIC VIDEO

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

Rules & Terms

ALL SUBMISSIONS:
Submissions are only being accepted through FilmFreeway.com

• Entries must be in English or with English subtitles.
• Works-in-Progress will not be accepted.
• Films must have been completed after January 1, 2015.
• 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 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, 2017 to be included in the festival line-up.

STUDENT SUBMISSIONS:
THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE is now accepting Student Entries (Films made for class assignments). You must currently be enrolled in school in order to enter submissions in this category.

There are two (2) categories for student films:
1. Youth (8th through 12th grade)
2. College Undergrad / Film School Undergrad

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 THE ARTIST 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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    Viktor Witkowski

    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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    Stephen Hilyard

    As earlier reviewers have mentioned, Amos and the Artists Forum folks have worked hard to create a gem of a film festival, including a special deal on accommodation and film-maker interviews that will air on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network cable TV channel. The caliber of films was impressive (including at least one that was in competition at Festival de Cannes Shorts). I was honored to be part of this festival and glad that I traveled to NYC to take part.

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Stephen! It was great having you here. Congratulations on your phenomenal 5 wins!

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    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!