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Tribeca Storyscapes is a transmedia program created in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin to showcase work that explores new forms of storytelling, highlighting innovation across a variety of platforms. These may range from cross-platform films to websites, multi-media installations, games and apps. Selections will be presented to the public at the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, anticipated to take place in April 2013.

Quick Jump:

APPLICATION

1. How do I submit my project to Tribeca Storyscapes?

To submit your project to Tribeca Storyscapes, you will have to complete the online submissions form at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions, pay the applicable submissions fee and send us two copies of your project on DVD, CD-R, or thumb drive.  Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully prior to completing the online entry form.

Please note that our online submissions form is available ONLY on our website at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions

2. Can you mail or fax me a submissions form?

No. We are only accepting online applications through our website at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions.

DEADLINES and FEES

3. What is the submissions deadline and fee for the 2014 Tribeca Storyscapes?

OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, November 29, 2013, 6pm EST

  • The entry fee for submitting is $30

Please note:
The OFFICIAL entry deadline submissions must be mailed in by the applicable date and must arrive at our offices no later than 5 weeks from the postmark date.

4. How can I pay the submissions fee?

You must fill out the online submissions form first at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions.  At the end of the form, you will be prompted to pay the fee. We accept payment by credit card (American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa). Please do not send checks, money orders, or cash.

5. Do I have to pay a submissions fee if I am submitting a student project?

Entry fees are waived for students submitting transmedia projects.  Entry fees will be waived upon receipt by the festival of a photocopy of a current and valid student ID card or a letter from an accredited school verifying enrollment.

6. What if my submission arrives after the deadline for which I have registered?

Your project MUST be postmarked no later than the November 29th, deadline. If your submission arrives later than 5 weeks past the postmark date, you will be prompted to make an additional payment of $15 to bring your account up to date. We will not consider your project until this payment is received.

TRANSMEDIA PROJECT SUBMISSIONS

7. If I have already completed the online submissions form, can I go back to edit information or to update my contact information or my film’s screening history?

Once you have completed and submitted the online form, you cannot go back to edit. If you need to change any information you have provided us with, you must email transmedia@tribecafilm.com.

8. Can I submit a project that is a work-in-progress?

Yes. If you send a WIP project, you may only send in ONE  replacement version no later than December 27th, 2013. All submissions are viewed by our programming team, but we cannot guarantee that the replacement copy will be viewed.  This is why we recommend submitting the most finished version of your project.

9. My project is a transmedia related film. Can I submit to the Tribeca Storyscapes and to the film festival?

You may submit to both if you meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in the Rules and Regulations.  You will have to fill out the online form and pay the applicable submissions fee for EACH entry.

10. Do I have to obtain rights and clearances for the music or other copyrighted material included in my film or project?

Yes, please review the Rules and Regulations carefully.

11. What is your preferred format for submission?

Projects should be submitted on either one of the following:

  1. DVD (DVD-R or DVD+R disc only; we do not accept dual layer DVDs or Blu-Rays.)  DVDs MUST be compatible with standard consumer DVD players. Please ensure that your disc plays in a standard DVD player prior to sending to the Festival.
  2. CD-R that is playable on both PC and Mac computers.
  3. Thumb drive that is usable on both PC and Mac computers.

The content may include password-protected links to web pages, videos, or other relevant media.

Please use permanent marker to label your DVD or CD-R.  Do not use a paper label on your disc; stickers and paper may make a disc unplayable. We prefer DVD’s and CD-R’s to be sent in a simple paper CD/DVD sleeve in order to minimize waste.  Thumb drives must also be labeled with the project title and director/creator. We cannot return any of the materials sent in for submission.

12. Can my submission DVD be in PAL format?

We prefer that you send us NTSC formatted DVDs, but we will accept ALL REGION DVD submissions.  Clearly mark the format on the DVD.

13. What should I include with my submission?

After you have completed the online submissions form and have paid the applicable submissions fee, please send two copies of the film on DVD, CD-R or thumb drive, a copy of the payment receipt if you have paid by credit card or a copy of your student ID if your film qualifies for the student fee waiver (available only to students submitting projects).  To minimize waste, we ask that you do not send printed press or promotional materials.

14. Is there a tracking number for submission?

No. We do not provide tracking numbers for submissions.  As long as you properly label your entry materials, we will be able to match the entry materials with the information you provided online.  Please put the title of your film, director(s) name(s), contact information, total runtime if applicable and remember to indicate if your project is submitted as a WIP.

15. Where do I send my entry materials?

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ENTRIES SHIPPING ADDRESS
All submissions must be sent prepaid (including any applicable customs fees) to:

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
Attn: TRIBECA STORYSCAPES – "PROJECT TITLE"
375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013, USA

16. What happens if you are unable to get my DVD, CD-R or thumb drive to play?

If your entry materials do not play, we will contact you to request another copy. However, we ask that you make absolutely sure that your disc plays all the way through, or your CD-R/thumb drive and the files on it are in working condition, before you submit them to us.

17. Will my materials be returned to me?

No. Due to the high number of submissions we receive we are not able to return any materials. All submission materials will be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.

REQUIREMENTS + ELIGIBLITY

18. How do I know if my film is eligible for consideration?

Please refer to our rules and regulations for complete eligibility rules.  For quick reference, you can check the eligibility chart below.

Tribeca Storyscapes Eligiblity Chart
U.S. and International fiction and documentary submissions
ELIGIBLE INELIGIBLE
ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution or exhibition before January 1, 2013 (other than as described in 1 below)   X
Theatrical  - Any commercial exhibition in the US (other than as described in 2 or 3 below)   X
Theatrical  - Limited commercial exhibition only outside of the US and on/after January 1, 2013 X  
DVD – Any commercial distribution in the US (other than as described in 3 below)   X
DVD - Limited distribution only outside the US and on/after January 1, 2013 X  
TV  - Any broadcast available to US audiences (other than as described in 3 below)   X
TV  - Limited broadcast available only outside the US and on/after January 1, 2013 X  
Digital - Any non-password protected digital broadcast (including exhibitions on internet, radio, mobile devices) available to audiences, other than as described in 3 or 4 below   X
Festival – Any exhibition held IN the New York Region as part of a “festival” (other than as described in 2 or 3 below and, for clarity, except for TFF14 screenings)   X
Festival - Exhibition held outside the New York Region as part of a “festival” and on/after January 1, 2013 X  
1 Private, invite-only presentations (i.e. presentations for family or cast or presentations for feedback) and certain festivals (as more fully described herein) will not affect eligibility X  
2 Presentations for students/faculty in an in-house theater or venue and at certain in-person-only festivals (as more fully described herein) will not affect eligibility X  
3 For works actually selected for Tribeca Storyscapes: theatrical, DVD, TV, digital and/or festival screenings and exhibitions may be held DURING the TFF14 but only after the work’s premiere, if approved in advance and in writing by Tribeca X  
4 Online web projects that will launch after May 1, 2013 may be selected at the discretion of Tribeca’s programming team. X  

Note: If at any point following its initial consideration, Tribeca determines that a submission no longer meets all of the eligibility criteria described above, such submission will be deemed to be ineligible.

19. What locations are included in the New York Region?

“NY Region” means the tri-state area including the five boroughs of New York City, the surrounding New York metropolitan area (e.g. Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Columbia counties), southwestern Connecticut (e.g. Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield counties) and northern New Jersey (e.g. Bergen, Passaic, Monmouth and Hudson counties).

NOTIFICATION

20. How do I know if my submission has arrived?

Due to the high volume of submissions we cannot send individual notification.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your submission arrives within the deadline window you have selected. If you have submitted your film for the EARLY or OFFICIAL deadline, your materials must arrive in our offices no later than 5 weeks from the postmark date. We will NOT accept submissions after December 27, 2013. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission, without refund of any kind, which does not arrive at the shipping destination within the deadline window selected by Entrant.

You can email transmedia@tribecafilm.com or call (212) 941-2305 to find out if we have received your submission up to 5 weeks after the applicable submission window deadline.

21. When and how will I know if my film has been selected?

We notify ALL filmmakers via email of their status by early March 2014. Please make sure your contact information is up to date. If you have not received any notification by the end of March 2014, please email transmedia@tribecafilm.com for an official notification.

22. If my project isn’t chosen to screen during your Festival, will you let me know why?

No. Due to the large volume of submissions our programmers cannot offer individual critiques.

THE FESTIVAL

23. When does the Tribeca Film Festival take place?

The 13th Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 16 - April 27, 2014.