THE TIDE FILM FESTIVAL (TIDEFF) unites directors, producers and writers of color with audiences across communities to highlight and celebrate stories of historically under-represented groups in American cinema. TIDEFF gives a platform for filmmakers of color to tell their truths with intent, to disrupt the mainstream narrative, and to feel entitled in their right to do so.

Festival events include panel discussions, workshops, conversations with industry professionals, receptions, and networking opportunities.

Best Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Tarik Jackson - Spirit of TIDE
NY Women in Film and TV (NYWIFT)

The TIDE Film Festival accepts films whose writer, director and/or producer are people of color. Strong preference will be given to films with least 50% people of color on screen presence.

Entry fees are in U.S. dollars, are per film and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.

Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.

It is your sole responsibility to ensure that your online entry form is properly submitted. Approximately 24 hours after you have completed and submitted your online entry form, you will receive an email confirmation. If more than 24 hours have passed and you have not received an email confirmation, you may email the Festival to follow up. It is also your responsibility to ensure the streaming link (or DVD, as applicable) is functional and the link and password submitted are accurate. The password protected link must be active at least through 2022. Regardless of your method of entry, all entry materials MUST be received by the Festival no later than the applicable deadlines referenced above. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission, without refund of any kind, if it is not completed in accordance with these rules and regulations.

Any physical entry material received by the Festival as a submission will not be returned and may be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.

Each film must be individually submitted and accompanied by its own completed online entry form; please do not send links to multiple film entries in your online entry form or compilation DVDs composed of works for separate entries, as any or all of them may be disqualified.

Festival programmers select and invite all films to be presented at the Festival with Premiere status considered. Invited filmmakers will be notified by email or phone via the information provided on the submitted entry form. Make sure to update the Festival with new contact information or any other festival invitations prior to the Festival. If your film is invited, your Premiere status will be confirmed with you and locked. Should you accept any other festival invitation that breaches this premiere status commitment, the Festival reserves the right to rescind the invitation.

You must deliver to the address(es) designated by the Festival one (1) exhibition copy of the invited work, and additional exhibition copies, if requested by the Festival (to allow for multiple screenings at more than one venue). We recommend you ship all exhibition copies via courier in order to permit the tracking of your film once it leaves your hands.

The required exhibition formats and delivery date deadlines will be confirmed by the Festival after invitations have been extended and confirmed. Please check in with the Festival staff before creating your Festival exhibition copy or copies to ensure the format and technical specifications are correct. The Festival will arrange for (and cover the cost of) return shipping of your exhibition copy(copies) to one location after the conclusion of the Festival.

Films invited to participate in the 2022 TIDE Film Festival will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion.

Overall Rating
  • Lamesa Nashrat

    This festival is amazing! The coordinators are the kindest people you'll ever meet and they have unbelievable taste. Every film I watched was incredible. I have never had an experience like it at any other festival I've been to.

    December 2021
  • Ale Libre LLC

    ALE LIBRE being a part of the TIDE Film Festival was a true delight! The TIDE team truly cares about the film and the filmmaking team as a whole. The workshops were great, the programming from top to bottom was incredible and the leadership was embracive, fun, organized, and deeply caring. We met so many great filmmakers and couldn't have been happier to be apart of this festival. Highly recommend submitting!

    November 2021
  • Roxy Rezvany

    I can't recommend the TIDE Film Festival highly enough. We not only felt the support for our projects but also as individual filmmakers.

    November 2020
  • Yucef Mayes

    My film ZAHRA AND THE OIL MAN was selected to over 30 festivals and TIDE was one of the most organized festival. Also TIDE has a great way of making the filmmaker feel welcomed and appreciated. I am now a part of the TIDE family and can't wait to screen many films there. Love my TIDE family.

    November 2020
  • Samuel Roden

    The whole TIDE team was so warm and welcoming. I was impressed by the caliber of the panelists and mentors who all seemed like they were there to really help out the filmmakers. I left feeling very inspired!

    December 2019