THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2020 (#affestnyc) is now accepting submissions. This 5th annual international short film festival is a juried competition, open to innovative filmmakers with unique perspectives seeking to gain exposure in New York City's formidable arts and media market.
Each year, the festival highlights a themed category. This year’s themed category is 'New York Stories.'
Our full list of categories include:
THEMATIC SHORT (NEW YORK STORIES)
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 DOCUMENTARY SHORT
BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
BEST DARK THEMES
BEST ANIMATED SHORT
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
BEST THEMATIC SHORT (SOCIAL JUSTICE)
BEST SOUND DESIGN
Attending Filmmakers who've won or been nominated for awards are eligible for studio interviews.
Submissions are only being accepted through FilmFreeway.com
• Entries must be with English subtitles or in English.
• Films must have a running time of 30 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 without audio will not be accepted.
• Films must have been completed after January 1, 2018.
• 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 July 1, 2020 to be included in the festival line-up.
• DARK THEMES
• MUSIC VIDEO
• THEMATIC SHORT (New York Stories)
In order to submit to this category, college undergrads must provide documentation of active enrollment in an educational institution: a signed letter from your school or youth based organization, plus your student ID. Grad Students and all others are not eligible for student rates.
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.
The following Apple-friendly format are required:
Your film's exhibition copy as a Quicktime Pro Res 422 (1920x1080).
Your trailer (if you have one available) as a .mov or mp4 film format, 1GB or less.
Film stills and other promotional images in a .png or .jpg format.
Bios, log line, synopsis, and crew listings in .pdf format.
Theatre space is limited. No refunds on tickets or festival passes. Items are subject to availability. Dates are subject to change.
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.
Response from festival:
Hi Marcus! Congratulations on sweeping the festival award show with your 4 honors: Best Screenplay, Best Student Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress! Thank you for your kind words. This is our 4th fest and the best yet! We were proud to showcase your work with Dolby Labs state-of-the-art technology. The audience was very moved as were the judges. We are organizing the 2020 festival now and are strategizing to increase press coverage and our audiences. We look forward to seeing your upcoming projects.
Response from festival:
Hi Marco! First of all, let us congratulate you on your nominations for Best Narrative Short and Best Screenplay! Thank you for your kind words of support. It has been a pleasure to screen your work and communicating with you about the fest. Your film was well received by the audience and we look forward to seeing your next project.