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. The third annual TIDE Film Festival will take place in November 2020 in Brooklyn, NY.

As society adapts to a changing landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TIDEFF mission remains the same: to elevate the voices of people of color through film. We are hopeful and moving forward with TIDEFF20 in November. We will update you if anything changes, and we thank you for your patience and support during this time. For more information, check out our website!

Best Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
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 2020. 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 2020 TIDE Film Festival will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • David Liu

    Taylor, Karen and the rest of the TIDE team were phenomenal in making the festival the best experience possible. Although I regrettably couldn’t attend this time around, they were very prompt, personable, and professional in their communication and made sure that every film received an equal amount of support and promotion. Definitely looking forward to attending this gem of a festival again in the future.

    November 2019
  • I had the honor of screening my film at TIDE Film Festival last year (2018). Communication regarding the film, the screening and what was going on was 100%. Very proud to be part of the TIDE Film Festival community!

    June 2019
  • My short film, “Metamorphosis” screened on the opening night of the TIDE Film Festival and it was one of the best festivals I have been a part of! The TIDE festival team was incredibly kind and all of the events were professional and ran smoothly. The films selected showed very nuanced depictions of people of color, and I was incredibly grateful to be a part of that. I encourage anyone to attend and submit their film for next year.

    March 2019
  • Sewra G Kidane

    My short film was an Official Selection and screened during TIDE's inaugural year and it was one of the best film festivals I've attended and participated in. My film has been on the festival circuit for about 2years so I've seen my fair share and experienced enough festivals and found not only was TIDE very well attended, the films curated and screened were highly diverse! TIDE Film Festival genuinely cares about its filmmaker's and gives a platform to voices that might not have been heard/seen at other festivals.

    The entire TIDE staff was very nice and accommodating. Emails were quick, clear and informative. The panels and screenings were packed! And moderators did an incredibly good job with Q&A at the end of the film blocks. There were a lot of scheduled activities for TIDE FILM FESTIVAL, so if you're an out of town filmmaker, there's plenty to do that's interesting and you're in NYC! The filmmaker's swag bag was nice too!!! *Thanx TIDE!

    I'll definitely be back for TIDE's 2nd year!

    March 2019