My True Colors Festival is an annual event fighting for social justice and promoting cultural diversity through the arts by presenting works in multiple disciplines that are for and by underrepresented multicultural LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual) storytellers. My True Colors Festival benefits LGBTQIA+-identifying persons and their allies.
Since its launch in June 2015 as an official NYC Pride Event Partner, MTCF has presented over 50 screenings of film shorts, narratives, documentaries, and web series; stage plays; music performances; dance acts; visual arts; and, talkbacks/one-on-one conversations with high profile artists like ABC "Black-ish" co-star Jennifer Lewis.
This year's festival will take place June 16– 25, 2017 at various venues throughout Brooklyn, NY, including DUMBO's Made In NY Media Center by IFP. In addition to offering a safe and affirming environment for storytellers to showcase their works, MTCF is devoted to keeping production costs down for independent artists and providing talent development. For the first time, MTCF will present cash prizes to select winners in 2017.
MTCF is a fiscally sponsored program of the Field, a 501 (c) 3 serving the arts community as part of True Colors Project, a social arts enterprise.
Awards & Prizes
For the 2017 season MTCF is announcing cash prizes for its film competition. Categories include Best of Film Short—$200 awarded to the winner; Best of Film (Narrative or Documentary)—$300 awarded to the winner; and Best of Web Series—$100 awarded. To be eligible for the cash prizes web series must be current and films must have been produced after January 1, 2015.
For the first time, MTCF is announcing its Purple Skies Playwriting Award. Playwrights whose works are chosen for mainstage production will receive a $350 stipend, box office percentage, and three-performance run, including a minimum of 3 hours for tech rehearsals plus tech operators (lighting and sound) during the performances.
Rules & Terms
Submissions in all artistic disciplines and lengths will be considered as long as these works highlight or showcase a unique perspective, creativity, and cultural experience, in addition to, reflect ethnic, sexual orientation, or gender diversity. We are truly a ‘Festival That Cares’ about diversity and inclusion.
For Plays. Please attach a full script, no outlines, typed and doubled space. One-Acts or Short Plays must be 30 minutes to 60 minutes in length and Full-Act Plays 60 minutes to 120 minutes. For Cabaret or Sketch shows please submit a video link of the complete work or 30 minute excerpt. Stage Readings are welcomed. Work must be written by a member of LGBTQIA+ community and/or LGBTQIA+-themed.
For Film: Please submit a video link (i.e., Vimeo or Youtube) to the complete film or a substantial excerpt. If the video is password protected or "private," please ensure that we have the requisite abilities to access said footage. Shorts are limited in length at 45 minutes or under, Features, 60 minutes to 120 minutes; and Documentaries, 60 minutes to 90 minutes. Work must be written by member of LGBTQIA+ community and/or LGBTQIA+-themed.
For Web Originals: Please submit three original episodes of the Web series for consideration (as one file. Each episode must be no more than 30 minutes in length. All genres (animation, drama, comedy, documentary style, reality based etc.) will be accepted. Work must be created by member of LGBTQIA+ community and/or LGBTQIA+-themed.
For Visual Art: Please submit three to five images (PDF or JPEG), video link or URL for online portfolios. All work must be original, designed and created by the applicant. Work must be created by member of LGBTQIA+ community and/or LGBTQIA+-themed.
We will email successful candidates an invitation to join the My True Colors Festival beginning March 13 2017.