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2012 Tribeca Film Festival Entry Rules and Regulations

Submissions for the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival are now open. Get a jumpstart on the new year and learn how to submit your film today!

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TFF 2012 Submissions Late Deadline: January 6

 

General | Key Dates | Entry Fees | Eligibility | How to Enter | Entry Materials |
Multiple Entries
| Re-Entry | Invited Works | If Your Work is Selected | Festival Sections |
Film Series & Programs | Awards | Shipping Address

 



General

 

The mission of the Tribeca Film Festival (Festival) is to create platforms for filmmakers to reach the widest possible audience for their work. Since submission of a film constitutes acceptance of these Entry Rules & Regulations (by filmmakers and their agents), please review this document carefully.

 



Key Dates

 

September 19, 2011 (3pm EST): Submissions open

 

October 28, 2011 (6pm EST, postmark): Early Entry deadline for:
      o "Features” (film length ≥ 40 minutes)
      o “Shorts” (film length < 40 minutes)

 

December 2, 2011 (6pm EST, postmark): Official Entry deadline for then-complete Features and for all Shorts. This is the last deadline for Short submissions.

 

January 6, 2012 (6pm EST, arrive by): Late Entry deadline available only to those Features (narrative and documentary) completed after the Official Entry deadline and which have not been screened publicly or otherwise distributed anywhere at the time of submission. This deadline is for Features ONLY; Shorts will NOT be accepted for this deadline.

April 18 – April 29, 2012: 11th Annual Tribeca Film Festival in NYC (the “TFF12”)

 

Note: Submissions may be in work-in-progress form; however, works that are not final cuts must be clearly marked “Work in Progress (WIP)” or “Rough Cut” with an indication of what will change or what is missing (e.g., temp sound, Avid output, missing animation, etc.). Also, due to the volume of submissions, only ONE replacement copy (i.e. final cut) will be accepted and replacement copies will not be accepted after January 6, 2012 (unless solicited by the Festival).

 



Entry Fees

 

• Early Entry Deadline (10/28/11): Shorts: US$25; Features: US$45
• Official Entry Deadline (12/02/11): Shorts: US$40; Features: US$65
• Late Entry Deadline (01/06/12): Features only: US$95

 

Note: 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.

 

Students: Entry fees for student Short submissions 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. Students who submit Features MUST pay the applicable entry fee(s).

 



Eligibility

To be eligible for consideration:

 

(1) Entrants must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadline, film length, entry material and other requirements.

 

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

 

(3) The film MUST maintain at minimum a “New York Region” premiere status prior to TFF12 (“Premiere”; see criteria in charts, below).

 

      o “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)

 

(4) Both prior to and throughout the TFF12 (except as otherwise expressly noted below), the film must meet the following criteria (see applicable chart):

 

 

SHORTS
(fiction and documentary)

ELIGIBLE

INELIGIBLE


ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution or exhibition before January 1, 2011(other than as described in 1 below)


 



Theatrical  - Any exhibition  in the US (other than as described in 2 below)


 


Theatrical  - Limited exhibition only outside of the US and on/after January 1, 2011



 

DVD – Any commercial DVD distribution ANYWHERE


 


TV  -  Any broadcast available to US audiences


 


TV  -  Limited broadcast available only outside the US and on/after January 1, 2011



 

Digital - Any digital broadcast (including via a non-password protected website, whether commercial or personal, e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.), unless approved in writing in advance by the Festival (and, for clarity, except for TFF12 screenings)


 


Festival – Any exhibition held IN the New York Region as part of a film festival (other than as described in 2 below and, for clarity, except for the TFF12)


 


Festival - Exhibition as part of a film festival held outside the New York Region and on/after January 1, 2011



 

1 Private, invite only screenings (i.e. screenings for family or cast or screenings for feedback)



 

2 Screenings for students/faculty in an in-house and in-person-only film festival



 

 

FEATURES
(fiction and documentary)

ELIGIBLE

INELIGIBLE


ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution or exhibition before January 1, 2011(other than as described in 1 below)


 



Theatrical  - Any exhibition  in the US (other than as described in 2  or 3 below)


 


Theatrical  - Limited commercial exhibition only outside of the US and on/after January 1, 2011



 

DVD – Any commercial distribution in the US (other than as described in 3 below)


 


DVD - Limited distribution only outside the US and on/after January 1, 2011



 

TV  -  Any broadcast available to US audiences (other than as described in 3 below)


 


TV  -  Limited broadcast available only outside the US and on/after January 1, 2011



 

Digital - Any digital broadcast available to US audiences (including via a non-password protected website, whether commercial or personal, e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.), other than as described in 3 below


 


DigitalLimited internet broadcast available only outside of the US and on/after January 1, 2011



 

Festival – Any exhibition held IN the New York Region as part of a film festival (other than as described in 2 or 3 below and, for clarity, except for TFF12 screenings)


 


Festival - Exhibition held outside the New York Region as part of a film festival and on/after January 1, 2011



 

1 Private, invite only screenings (i.e. screenings for family or cast or screenings for feedback)



 

2 Screenings for students/faculty in an in-house and in-person-only film festival



 

3 For SELECTED films: theatrical, DVD, TV, digital and/or festival screenings scheduled to be held DURING the TFF12 but after the Feature's Premiere, if approved in advance and in writing by the Festival



 


Note: If subsequent to its initial consideration, the Festival determines that a submission no longer meets all of the criteria listed in the applicable chart above, the submission will be designated ineligible.

 



How to Enter

Apply using the online submissions form and mail all required entry materials (see below).

 



Entry Materials*

 

All entries must include the following:

 

(1) An online official TFF12 “Entry Form,” properly completed.

 

(2) The entry fee(s) (or student ID/school letter photocopy), which is payable ONLY by credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). You must include a copy of your payment receipt if you have paid by credit card.

 

(3) TWO DVD copies of the work, formatted for multi-zone or for Zone 1 (North America) and labeled with the work’s title, running time, director(s) name(s). Entries in any other format will not be accepted for preview. Check that each submitted DVD plays in its entirety on consumer DVD players. Also, do not put adhesive labels on the discs unless it is a professional output job (if burning yourself, use a permanent marker to write necessary information).

 

Note: It is Entrant’s sole responsibility to ensure all ENTRY MATERIALS arrive at the TFF12 shipping destination within the deadline window selected by Entrant. Films submitted for the EARLY or OFFICIAL deadline must arrive in our offices no later than 5 weeks from the postmark date. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission, without refund of any kind, which does not arrive at the TFF12 shipping destination within the deadline window selected by Entrant. Up to 5 weeks after the applicable submission window deadline, Entrants may email entries@tribecafilmfestival.org or call (212) 941-2305 to find out if the Festival received the submission.

 

*Entry materials will not be returned and will be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.

 



Multiple Entries

 

Each entered film must be submitted on its own DVD(s) and accompanied by its own completed “Entry Form”; please do not send a compilation DVD composed of works for separate entries.

 



Re-Entry

 

If your work was submitted and considered for previous editions of the Tribeca Film Festival, you may re-enter it if you have made significant changes and if all eligibility requirements are met (see above).

 



Invited Works

 

Festival programmers select and invite all the films to be presented at the TFF12, with all “Premieres” given priority (see eligibility requirements above). Invited filmmakers will be notified by email or phone via the information provided on the submitted entry form. Make sure to update us with new contact information or any other festival invitations prior to the TFF12 at entries@tribecafilmfestival.org. TFF12 may rescind an invitation if a film’s eligibility status changes.

 



If Your Work is Selected

If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival:

 

(1) You must execute a release agreement wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at TFF12; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at TFF12; and (iii) indemnify and hold harmless Tribeca Film Festival NYC, LLC, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your film at TFF12.

 

(2) You must deliver to the address(es) designated by the Festival (i) one exhibition copy of the invited work; (ii) a second exhibition copy, if your film is in competition (to accommodate juror screenings); and (iii) additional exhibition copies, if requested by the Festival (to allow for multiple screenings at more than one venue). We recommend you ship via courier in order to permit the tracking of your entry once it leaves your hands.

 

      • All exhibition copies must be delivered in 35mm or HDCAM format.
      • The Festival will arrange (and pay cost of) return shipping your print(s)/video(s) after the conclusion of TFF12.

 

(3) You must provide a properly completed and signed official TFF12 “Film Information Form” including all press and publication assets as specified in the “Materials Checklist.”

 

(4) You must provide at least one DVD copy of the final, completed film for Festival archives.

 



Festival Sections*

Works invited to participate in the TFF12 will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion. In 2011, Tribeca Film Festival sections included the following:

 

IN COMPETITION:

 

World Narrative Features
• Open to works from all regions, but must be at least a North American “Premiere” (see eligibility requirements above).
• Eligible for: Best Narrative Feature, Best New Narrative Director (1st time directors only), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Best Actress.

 

World Documentary Features
• Open to works from all regions, but must be at least a North American “Premiere” (see eligibility requirements above).
• Eligible for: Best Documentary Feature, Best New Documentary Director (1st time directors only), Best Editing
 
Shorts (narrative and documentary)
• Open to works from all regions but must at least be a NY Region “Premiere” (see eligibility requirements above)
• Eligible for: Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Student Visionary Award.
• Student Shorts must be produced through an accredited educational institution.
• Shorts will play either in a Shorts program or before a Feature film.

 

OUT OF COMPETITION (all must be at least a NY Region “Premiere” unless otherwise noted):

 

Gala; Special Screenings
• Both screening programs are invitation-only and feature advanced screenings of anticipated films prior to their U.S. theatrical release.

 

Spotlight
• Documentary and narrative films—a mix of big names, bold talents, highly anticipated new releases and festival favorites. (First-time directors whose films are at least a North American “Premiere” are eligible for Best New Director awards.)

 

Viewpoints
• An assortment of documentary and narrative films offering distinctive visions from innovative voices. (First-time directors whose films are at least a North American “ Premiere” are eligible for Best New Director awards.)

 

Cinemania
• Devoted to eclectic narrative and documentary films that defy categorization. (First-time directors whose films are at least a North American “Premiere” are eligible for Best New Director awards.)

 

*The above listings are from the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Sections, descriptions, and awards for the TFF12 may be modified.

 



Film Series and Programs*

 

Works invited to participate in the TFF12 will be shown in the series/program determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion. In 2011, Tribeca Film Festival programs included the following:

 

Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival
• Showcase of films celebrating the spirit of competition. Line-up will be comprised of official TFF12 selections.

 

Tribeca (Online) Film Festival
• Tribeca (Online) Film Festival lets audiences in the U.S. experience the action of the Tribeca Film Festival. Line-up will be comprised of official selections of TFF12.  Films screening as part of Tribeca (Online) Film Festival are eligible for Best Online Feature and Best Online Short.

 

*The above listings are from the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Film series and programs, descriptions, and awards for the TFF12 may be modified.

 



Awards

 

• In 2011, cash awards totaled $185,000 in addition to over $175,000 of in-kind services and products and art work.

 

• Unless otherwise agreed by the Festival in writing, awards will be given to the winning film director (as identified in the Film Information Form) on behalf of the film (except for Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Editing) and will be fulfilled approximately 16-18 weeks after the closing date of the TFF12.

 

• Award eligibility is subject to any restrictions or conditions imposed by applicable laws and regulations (international, federal, state or otherwise), and the award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes, customs, tariffs, insurance and similar charges or costs (if any).

 

• All new Features (except those only shown in the “Gala” section or as a “Special Screening” or “Special Event”) are eligible for the “Audience Award,” regardless of section.

 

• 2011 Awards listed in the above Festival sections and Awards sections are subject to change.

 



Shipping Address

 

All submissions must be sent prepaid (including any applicable customs fees) to:

 

FEATURE LENGTH FILM ENTRIES:
Tribeca Film Festival
Attn: FEATURE LENGTH FILM ENTRIES – “Film Title”
375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013,  USA

 

SHORT LENGTH FILM ENTRIES:
Tribeca Film Festival
Attn: SHORT LENGTH FILM ENTRIES – “Film Title”
375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013, USA

 



Questions: Email entries@tribecafilmfestival.org or call (212) 941-2305.

 



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