The only festival dedicated to films with improvisation at their core. We feature films developed through improvisation, films which are soft scripted, or who use improv to enhance the script.

The spirit of the work should be collaborative and use improvisation that seeks to tell a story.

Last year's festival featured Alex Karpovsky's (Girls) feature documentary, Trust, Us - This is All Made Up http://www.trustusfilm.com/

2014 will feature a panel of filmmakers who use improvisation as a tool in script development.

Awards & Prizes

The Supreme Honorary Improvised Theatre and Film Awards (SHITFA) - or SHITTYS - recognize achievement in improvised film and theatre and will honor risk takers in improvised performance, direction and general innovation in shorts and features.

Rules & Terms

Official Regulations
A) Eligibility Requirements
Films completed before August 1, 2014 are eligible.
All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English.
Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. 

B) Submission Guidelines
Films must be submitted on DVD or Blu-ray disc, or through youtube or vimeo link
Only complete entries (including fee payment and, link, or DVD/Blu-ray screener) will be considered.
Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final color correction or sound mixing), but the programming committee will only consider the version submitted. Subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.
The festival reserves the right to withdraw the film from the festival if quality is an issue during our tech screenings.
Submission of links to marketing material (do not send materials - only links to websites etc) are STRONGLY encouraged.
 
C) Deadlines
Regular deadline entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2014. Late deadline entries must be postmarked by August 1, 2014. 

D) Shipping
The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent “free domicile” to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

E) Judging & Selection
Feature, Documentary, Short Subject, and Student Films are selected for Festival presentation by the Unscripted NY Film Festival Programming Committee. If a film is selected for screening, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email.
All entrants will be notified on or before August 15, 2014.

F) Categories (select one)
Feature-length Narrative
Feature-length Documentary
Short Subject - under 40 minutes