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. TIDE's inaugural run will take place in November 2019 in Brooklyn, NY.

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

The 2019 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 Nov 11, 2019. 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 2019 TIDE Film Festival will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Anne Hu

    I was blown away by The TIDE Film Festival's inaugural year. They were extremely organized and the energy was amazing! The staff really love the films and filmmakers, and they organize amazing talks/panels for the filmmakers. I really LOVED the speed mentoring session. In small groups of about 5 filmmakers, we hopped from table to table speaking to top industry people. I also really enjoyed the panel of agents and managers.

    Most importantly, this festival truly does what it sets out to do which is to support and showcase diverse filmmakers of color. This was ABSOLUTELY the MOST DIVERSE FILM FESTIVAL I have ever attended. Not only that, I really appreciated that all the blocks were mixed. It wasn't here's the Asian shorts and here are the Latinx films, etc. Films of all topics and representation were mixed together, which made a truly amazing and diverse experience. At other festivals I've attended, everyone was in separate blocks so communities did not mix. At TIDE they truly support every person of color.

    I am so incredibly thankful and humbled to have participated in their 1st year. The 1st year was already incredible. I don't even know how it could get better, but knowing this team, they will keep striving for their best and for inclusion.

    Thank you to The TIDE Film Festival staff! Can't wait to re-apply with my future work!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Anne, thanks so much for being part of our festival. From presenting filmmaker of your edgy satire 'Cake' to post-production panelist to enthusiastic audience member, you embodied the passion and joy that we're all about. We look forward to seeing you next year. Karen

  • Gregory Dixon

    This is truly a gem of a festival. We adored the entire staff and all of their dedication in putting this event together. Though TIDE is a young and small festival, the level of production that went into it is unrivaled by even the biggest of festivals. That does not go unnoticed by filmmakers! This is a festival to watch in the future!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    It was great having you and your team come out to Chicago to screen 'Olympia' with us. Thanks so much for sharing your charming feature with our NYC audience.