OFFICIAL SELECTION GRAND PRIZE
$2000 cash prize, take that cash and put it towards your next short film!

50% OFF FOR FILM
While we wholeheartedly support and love the digital medium, we can’t deny celluloid as a necessary tool in the artist’s toolbox for growth. We acknowledge film as the perfect entry point for filmmakers to hone their craft, so as a service to our industry and community we are giving 50% DISCOUNTS to any student or professional willing to continue this tradition. Please contact Ryan McDonald, our Programming Director, at ryan@prindie.org for a discount code if you shot your short on film.

ABOUT PRINDIE
Princeton Independent Film Festival [PRINDIE] brings international, independent cinema to one of the most intriguing communities of the world: Princeton, NJ. Our mission is to work with the diverse and talented filmmakers we showcase to leave our audiences both inspired and poised for action - putting the impactful medium of film at the forefront of change that is good for the planet and good for its people.

PRINDIE is run by a passionate team of volunteer film-lovers and do-gooders. We are motivated every day to grow the festival into a far-reaching event that continually enables the exceptional filmmakers we showcase to have a platform to not only share their work, but turn their message into something tangible.

PRINDIE & PRINCETON UNIVERSITY UCHV FILM FORUM
In association with the Princeton University Center for Human Values Film Forum, we are opening a new category for Princeton University Students. All current undergrad and grad students are invited to submit, for free, their short film that's 30 minutes and under including narrative, musical, experimental, documentary & animation (no music videos). From those submissions, our programming team will choose 5 finalists whose films will be screened on a password-protected site for all University students to watch and vote for their favorite. The winning film will then have a surprise screening alongside PRINDIE's main competition films.

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As we grow PRINDIE into an important part of the festival circuit, we believe that it’s necessary to listen to filmmakers' wants and needs and develop our practices around that foundation. Last year we conducted a survey to better understand how indie filmmakers view film festivals and what draws them back time and time again. We also gathered insights on filmmakers' least favorite and most frustrating aspects of submitting to film festivals. What we learned is that a sense of mistrust sometimes develops due to a lack of transparency about festivals’ selection process. Many filmmakers also find fees to be cumbersome and, in some cases, limiting. 

We truly want this to be a filmmakers’ festival and, with that value in mind, we revamped our submission fee process last year and plan to continue in the spirit of transparency and accessibility in the industry.  Our latest entry guidelines are as follows:

Our latest entry guidelines are as follows:
NO EARLY OR LATE SUBMISSION DEADLINES
WE GUARANTEE THE FIRST 10 MINUTES OF YOUR FILM IS WATCHED
$28 FEE FOR IN-COMPETITION SHORT FILMS
$18 FEE FOR IN-COMPETITION STUDENT SHORT FILMS
$40 EXTRA IF YOU WANT YOUR FILM WATCHED WITH ONE PAGE OF FEEDBACK

If, after the first 10 minutes of your film, we feel the quality is to our programming standards, we will watch the entire film and consider it for our official selection. If your film is 10 minutes or under, then we will watch the film in its entirety regardless. This way we are able to extend a more affordable submission fee to our filmmakers while being clear about our review process.

We hope that this way of doing things helps make the process clearer while also making submissions more financially accessible for filmmakers. Again, we are hoping to cater as best we can to filmmakers’ wants and needs while sustaining the festival with our growing and dedicated team. If you have any comments, questions, or ideas as to how we can better serve your needs as artists, please feel free to email our Executive Director, Claire Elaine at claire@prindie.org.

Our GRAND JURY AWARD winner will take home $2000. In addition, trophies are awarded in all categories.

Award Categories:
GRAND JURY AWARD (Best Professional Short)*
GRAND LIVE ACTION
GRAND DOCUMENTARY
GRAND ANIMATED
GRAND DIRECTOR (Live Action, Animated, Documentary)
AUDIENCE AWARD (Live Action, Documentary, Animated, Student)
STUDENT AWARD
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY STUDENT AWARD**
BEST WRITING (Live Action, Animated)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Live Action, Documentary, Animated)
BEST EDITING (Live Action, Documentary, Animated)
BEST SOUND DESIGN (Live Action or Animated)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN (Live Action or Animated)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING ROLE (Male or Female - Live Action)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (Male or Female - Live Action)

*DOES NOT INCLUDE STUDENT CATEGORY
**PRINCETON STUDENT AWARD IS SPECIFICALLY FOR PRINCETON UNIVERISTY STUDENT FILMMAKERS AND IS OUT-OF-COMPETITION, NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE STUDENT AWARD WHICH IS IN-COMPETITION.

1. The final deadline for submissions is June 1st, 2020.

2. Your fee guarantees we watch the first 10 minutes of your short film. Anything watched beyond the first 10 minutes is completely at the discretion of the screener/programmer unless you pay for a "Submission with Feedback."

3. Submitters must be authorized to submit their films/scripts to PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival for consideration and must have read, understood, and agreed to all entry requirements:

-Submitter must be the sole person responsible to make the decision to enter this media material and guarantee that such exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights whatsoever (including copyright, trademark, musical or contract right) of any person or entity. They must also own the underlying rights to any adapted work, or the work must be in the public domain.

-When filling out the entry form and entering this media in the PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival, filmmaker hereby indemnifies, releases, and hold harmless PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival, its boards, employees, interns, volunteers, sponsors, co-sponsors, individual and institutional supporters from any liability related to the use of the entry.

-Submitter understands that by submitting their entry, they indemnify, release and hold harmless PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival of any responsibility and liability, for any or all damages or losses that may occur to their entry.

-Submitter is responsible and gives express permission to PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival to exhibit their entries at events which include but are not limited to judgings, preview exhibitions, festival screenings, and electronic on-line transmissions of the entry for judging purposes.

-PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival is not required to pay screening fees to any film accepted into the final selection.

-Films accepted into the official selection must be able to provide a screener with closed captioning in English or at very least their film script for our international jurors.

-All rights and permissions for any materials contained within the entry have been granted and submitter holds harmless PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival from any or all disputes or claims that may arise from these rights and permissions granted.

-Submitter gives permission to allow PRINDIE: Princeton Independent Film Festival to edit, revise, and expand any text or materials provided in their entry.

4. Submitter understands that submission fee is non-refundable under any circumstance.

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  • My experience with PRINDIE has only been participating in their pitch contest for the last two years, but I’ve had nothing but the best experiences with them. They are responsive, organized and friendly. I look forward to working with them more!

    September 2019
  • che walker

    A very classy festival and excellent supportive communication

    September 2019
  • Anna Malmkjær Willumsen

    Great festival and very well coordinated.

    July 2019
  • Vladimir Todorov

    Great festival! A wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

    March 2019
  • Jimmy Keyrouz

    Great independent festival ran by wonderful people.

    March 2019