Bobbekins are on the right track

 

On January 24, an American survey of 1,500 parents of kids 2-10 by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, founded by Sesame Workshop, tells us that 57% of these parents believes their children learn significantly from educational media. The parents also state that learning from mobile devices falls short when compared to other platforms.

The study, Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America, speaks of a drop in educational media use after the earliest years.

As screen media use goes up, the proportion devoted to educational content goes down, from 78% of all screen media among 2-4-year-olds to 39% among 5-7-year-olds to 27% among 8-10-year-olds.

Remember; at a young age the parents provide the choice of media, but as soon as the child gets to choose, things change dramatically. Key is creating and providing higher quality and more fun media, as it tells us that non educational content is more fun. I wonder why there has been so little improvement in for example e-books for children, there are of course exceptions, but mostly they still show pretty primitive animations. Kids will not settle for that, not anymore.

I agree with Dr. Michael H. Levine, the Center’s exec director. “As we work to raise education standards and improve students’ success, we must provide higher quality media options-especially on mobile-that will help engage and educate today’s older children.”

Bobbekins-Clive-reading-ebooks

 

Among other key findings:

–  2-4-year olds spend more time per day on educational media than any other age group – 1 hr, 16 mins compared with 50 minutes for 5-7-yr-olds and 42 minutes for 8-10-yr-olds.

–  Television continues to dominate, with children spending an average 42 minutes a day with educational TV compared to 5 minutes with educational content on mobile devices and computers and 3 minutes with educational video games.

–  39% of parents say their child has learned “a lot” about any subject from mobile compared to 52% for TV.

–  Children are reading an average 40 minutes per day, including 29 minutes with print, 8 minutes on computers, and 5 minutes using e-platforms.

–  There are significant differences among racial groups. Both African-American (60%) and Hispanic-Latino (52%) parents are more likely than White (37%) parents to consider interactive media a very or somewhat important source for the lessons their children most need to learn.

 

Netdreamer Publications are doing it right

 

On January 24, an American survey of 1,500 parents of kids 2-10 by The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, founded by Sesame Workshop, tells us that 57% of these parents believes their children learn significantly from educational media. The parents also state that learning from mobile devices falls short when compared to other platforms.

The study, Learning at Home: Families’ Educational Media Use in America, speaks of a drop in educational media use after the earliest years.

As screen media use goes up, the proportion devoted to educational content goes down, from 78% of all screen media among 2-4-year-olds to 39% among 5-7-year-olds to 27% among 8-10-year-olds.

Remember; at a young age the parents provide the choice of media, but as soon as the child gets to choose, things change dramatically. Key is creating and providing higher quality and more fun media, as it tells us that non educational content is more fun. I wonder why there has been so little improvement in for example e-books for children, there are of course exceptions, but mostly they still show pretty primitive animations. Kids will not settle for that, not anymore.

I agree with Dr. Michael H. Levine, the Center’s exec director. “As we work to raise education standards and improve students’ success, we must provide higher quality media options-especially on mobile-that will help engage and educate today’s older children.”

Bobbekins-Clive-reading-ebooks

Among other key findings:

–  2-4-year olds spend more time per day on educational media than any other age group – 1 hr, 16 mins compared with 50 minutes for 5-7-yr-olds and 42 minutes for 8-10-yr-olds.

 

–  Television continues to dominate, with children spending an average 42 minutes a day with educational TV compared to 5 minutes with educational content on mobile devices and computers and 3 minutes with educational video games.

–  39% of parents say their child has learned “a lot” about any subject from mobile compared to 52% for TV.

–  Children are reading an average 40 minutes per day, including 29 minutes with print, 8 minutes on computers, and 5 minutes using e-platforms.

Glasgow Film Festival

09 Annual February 03, 2013 to February 24, 2013

 

GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL ’S VISION
‘The best of the best film festivals’, Glasgow Film Festival combines the best aspects of the world’s best fests in a welcoming, stimulating, inclusive and safe environment for all.

GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL ’S MISSION
Glasgow Film Festival aims to be the most popular and well thought of film and moving image media event in the UK, linking local and global audiences to Scottish and international talent, cultures and ideas.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Glasgow Film Festival is the third largest film festival in the UK boasting over 35,000 admissions in 2012.

Our approach is to put the filmmaker and the audience at the heart of our programme and establish quality of opportunities for both. We view the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) as the hub of the Festival whilst aiming to reach out across the city to support curatorial talent in both individuals and other organisations.

The Festival is a multi-venue, multi-partnership event which takes inspiration from and enhances the global image of Glasgow as an exciting place to live or to visit. It aims to exhibit the best of world cinema and moving image content; expand and diversify the audience for non-mainstream films; showcase and nurture new emerging talent; promote collaboration between appropriate media, platforms and sectors and ultimately promote the city as a national and international centre for the arts. The Festival aims to build year round audiences for the moving image medium.

Please note: submissions of short films under 5 minutes are accepted manually via our website – www.glasgowfilm.org

ORGANIZERS
Allan Hunter (GFF Co-Director) ; Allison Gardner (Director) ; Corinne Orton (Great Scots Programmer) ; Gail Tolley (Programmer) ; Matt Lloyd (GSFF Director) ; Seonaid Daly (Festival Producer)

GENERAL RULES
Glasgow Film Festival Submission Guidelines

The Glasgow Film Festival will take place throughout February 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Festival is committed to screening high quality new features, short length film and video work in all genres from around the world.

The Glasgow Film Festival 2013 will have a strand dedicated to Music films (showcasing the sounds, culture and influences of music and musicians – fiction and non fiction)

The Glasgow Film Festival 2013 will have a strand dedicated to Documentaries.

The Glasgow Film Festival 2013 will have a strand dedicated to Brazilian Cinema

Glasgow Short Film Festival has several award category as follows:
Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film judged by panel of industry experts has a cash value of £1000
Scottish Short Film Award judged by panel of industry experts has a cash value £750
There is also an International Audience Award and Scottish Audience Award.

All submitted films should have been completed after October 2011.

GFF regard a short film as 45 minutes or under and a feature film as over 45 minutes.

The final selection of all films presented at the Festival and their placement in the programme is the responsibility of the Co-Directors.

Submissions deadlines are as follows:
Early Bird 27 July
Regular 14 September
Late 5 October (for Feature Films)
Late 19 October (for Short Films)

These are postmark and payment deadlines but please do send your submission as soon as possible. All submissions, preview DVDs, supporting material and payment must be received by the appropriate deadline otherwise your film will not be processed.

All submissions must be on DVD. We only accept DVD PAL and DVD NTSC. You must label the disk with the film’s title and tracking number. Also put a label on the spine of the DVD cover noting the film title, DVD format and film duration. We will not accept any other format.

We will not consider previously submitted work unless it has been considerably re-edited/re-shot. Please include a cover letter with details. If we already viewed your film as a rough cut last year, we usually will not consider it for the following year. Please remember this before submitting as you will not be entitled to a refund.

Submissions with unpaid fees will not be considered for selection.

Payment must be made in POUNDS STERLING only.

Packages should be marked, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE – FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY.

Screening copies should be sent in packages marked ‘Submission’ addressed to:
GFF13 Submissions
Glasgow Film Theatre
Finance Department
12 Rose Street
Glasgow
Scotland, UK

ARCLIGHT DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

Hollywood, California – USA
November 5 to 10, 2012

UPCOMING DEADLINE
September 23, 2012 – Final Deadline, No Entry Fee

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Arclight Documentory Film Festival – ADFF – offers a top-notch screening opportunity in the bustling center of Hollywood, allowing filmmakers to display their works in the strongest possible environment and to the broadest possible audience.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In addition to celebrating feature-length documentaries of all kinds, ADFF accepts short documentary films with runtimes of 2 to 30 minutes. All films will be judged based on creativity, cinematography, editing, and story. The festival jury includes documentary producer Lesley Chilcott (Waiting For Superman), KCRW’s Matt Holzman, and International Documentary Association President Marjan Safinia.

U.S. Documentarians: Submit your film’s trailer today, and unleash your talent upon a global online audience for the chance to reach industry insiders and take home great prizes!

The 2nd Annual Arclight Documentary Film Festival (ADFF), is offering talented independent documentary filmmakers valuable exposure right in the heart of Hollywood, California. Held at the Arclight Hollywood – renowned for reserved seating, no advertising, and outstanding customer service – ADFF offers its visitors full immersion in the Hollywood experience. Synonymous with the premier film-watching experience, Arclight Cinemas is proud to align its name with some of the most incisive and thought-provoking documentarians working today and is equally excited to help discover the brightest up-and-coming talents of tomorrow.

Competitive categories include Biographic/Historic Documentary, Social Issue Documentary, and Short Documentary, to name just a few. Through its online selection process, the festival also gives film-lovers across the country and globe the chance to participate; voters on Facebook and YouTube select their favorite films based upon submitted trailers of 2-4 minutes each. The top five films in each category will be screened at the festival and then evaluated by a panel of industry professionals.

One finalist in each competitive category will be selected to receive the ADFF “Best in Category” prize, valued at $500 USD each. What’s more, one lucky ADFF finalist will be selected as the overall festival winner, receiving a cash prize of $10,000. As any documentarian knows, financial support is a fantastic asset, but it’s no substitute for great networking opportunities with industry experts who can pave a path towards new projects. ADFF is not only proud to offer its winners support on both of these fronts, it is dedicated to ensuring a fun and exciting experience along the way.


Bronx International Film Festival

10 Annual November 08, 2012 to November 10, 2012

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Bronx International Film Festival promotes the cultural and artistic vitality of The Bronx by celebrating its place in film history and the spirit and passion of the independent filmmaker.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
HISTORY
A century ago The Bronx was home to two well-known silent film studios, The Edison Studios on Decatur Avenue & Oliver Place (a few blocks from the location of the Film Festival) and Biograph Studios a.k.a. The Gold Medal Studios at 807 E. 175th Street.

Edison Studios notable contributions to cinema included one of the first horror films, “Frankenstein,” released in 1910 and the first serial film, “What Happened to Mary” released in 1912. The 14-minute “Frankenstein,” starring Charles Ogle, took an entire week to film. This was a highly unusual schedule for the time. Silent movies were usually filmed in one day. “What Happened to Mary” began a series of 12 episodes starring Mary Fuller. The silent film studio closed in 1918, but the Terry Brothers reopened the space in 1935 to start Terrytoons employing Bronx artists to hand paint the first animated color cartoon films.

Biograph Studios launched many silent film careers including: director, D.W. Griffith; cameraman, Billy Bitzer; and actors, Mary Pickford, Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Harry Carey, Lionel Barrymore, among others. Some twenty years after the sound stage closed, Martin Poll restored Biograph Studios and reopened it as the Gold Medal Studios (the largest film studio outside of Hollywood) where TV’s “The Naked City,” “Car 54 Where are You” and movies like “Odds Against Tomorrow,” “A Face in the Crowd,” “The Fugitive Kind,” “Pretty Boy Floyd,” and “Butterfield 8” were filmed. Mr. Poll worked to simplify NYC filming permits and had the distinction of being sworn in as the Commissioner of Motion Picture Arts (precursor to the NYC Film Commissioner) on July 21, 1959 by then Bronx Borough President Lyons.

ORGANIZERS
Black Robb (Publicist) ; Hector Olivieri (Programmer) ; Maggie Krupka (Sponsorship)

GENERAL RULES
We accept narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films.

Screening location: 500-seat Lovinger Theatre/Lehman Stages

Your submission must be original work not commercially exhibited or distributed prior to The Bronx International Film Festival (Festival); submission and screening at other festivals is fine. You must have all clearances and rights and have full authority to submit the project.

Running Time:
Short Films: maximum 29 minutes
Feature: minimum 30 minutes

Your preview submission must be on DVD formatted for North American/Zone 1 DVD players. Please test your DVD for compatibility before submitting.

Entry fee is non-refundable. (Fee may be waived for film students who reside in The Bronx.)

Clearly label each preview DVD with project title, contact information and running time.

If you submitted a film in 2011, but were not selected for screening, you may resubmit your work provided you have made notable changes to the film.

You may submit a rough-cut provided your film will be completed no later than two weeks before the Festival.

You may submit more than one film; however, each submission must have a separate entry form and applicable fee.

Please include a synopsis of your project.

Every precaution will be taken in handling all entries; however, the Festival producers, staff, sponsors and affiliated entities will not be liable for any loss or damage of your film at any time during shipping or handling.

Regardless of your production format, you will be responsible for supplying your film in Mini DV format for Festival screening.

By submitting your film, you give The Bronx International Film Festival permission to show your film during the festival and use your film, stills, synopsis, bio and other press kit material, supplied by you, to promote the festival.

 

Palm Springs International Film Festival

24 Annual January 03, 2013 to January 14, 2013

The Palm Springs Film Festival welcomes narrative feature submissions from the United States and internationally.

The festival welcomes non-fiction documentaries for programming during the festival.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
“The Palm Springs International Film Festival is the premier presenter of world cinema on the North American continent”.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Located in the beautiful Coachella Valley at the base of Mt. San Jacinto in southern California, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in the country, screening over 200 films from more than 60 countries to an audience of over 120,000.

From ages 5 to 85, the festival brings together communities as diverse as the retired citizens of the desert, the young, hip industry crowd of Los Angeles and film aficionados from around the world. The festival also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and an annual black-tie gala award presentation.

The festival screens a majority of the official international submissions to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film. We also present the largest festival of short films in North America. Our 23rd Annual Festival will be held January 5-16, 2012. This festival is a “must see.”

ORGANIZERS
Christine Asaro (Accountant) ; Christine Asaro (Accountant) ; Darryl Macdonald (Executive Director) ; Helen Du Toit (Artistic Director) ; Ken Jacobson (Programming Coordinator) ; Ken Jacobson (Programming Coordinator) ; Ken Jacobson (Programming Coordinator) ; Ken Jacobson (Programming Coordinator) ; Rhea Lewis (Managing Director) ; Rhea Lewis (Managing Director) ; Rhea Lewis (Managing Director) ; Rhea Lewis (Managing Director) ; Rhea Lewis (Managing Director) ; Rhea Lewis-Woodson (Managing Director) ; Steve Wilson (Publicist)

GENERAL RULES
PLEASE NOTE ALL DEADLINES ARE “RECEIVED BY” DEADLINES, NOT POSTMARK DEADLINES!

SUBMISSION REGULATIONS:
1. Submitted films must be 70+ minutes for narrative features and 50+ minutes for documentary features. No short films will be accepted.

2. Please label the submitted DVD with the film title, running time and contact email and phone number

3. the film must have been completed in 2012 or 2013. Films completed in 2011 will only be considered if they premiered in 2012; films premiering prior to 2012 will not be considered

4. The film must not have been screened previously in the Coachella Valley (includes Palm Springs)

5. The film must not have been broadcast in U.S. prior to end of 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival or viewed on the Internet

6. Rough cuts or cuts with “temp” sound will be accepted. Please list directly on the DVD what elements of your film are missing

7. More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must include a separate entry form and submission fee. Films submitted without proper payment will not be considered. Entry fees are non-refundable.

ONCE YOUR FILM IS ACCEPTED FOR THE FESTIVAL:
1. Films accepted for the festival must be feature length (70+ minutes) or Documentary Feature (minimum 50 min) and must be shown in 35mm, DCP, Digibeta, HDCAM, or BluRay formats only in their original language with English subtitles.

2. The number(s), date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the screenings of films are at the discretion of the Festival.

3. The print supplier will be responsible for the cost of shipment to the Festival. The Palm Springs International Film Festival, in turn, will return the print postage prepaid to the supplier or to the next destination as indicated by the supplier. The Festival will not be responsible for international return shipping costs for U.S.-produced films.

4. The Festival takes utmost care of your entry, and provides insurance for loss or damage to a maximum value of $500.00 USD. The Festival does not pay additional charges for originals, masters, or special prints.

5. Participation in The Palm Springs International Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of all terms included in this application.

KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL

Key West, Florida – USA
November 29 to December 2, 2012

 

The Key West Film Festival (KWFF) showcases independent films that exhibit excellence in storytelling and capture that alluring essence of Key West: creativity, diversity, sustainability, and breathtaking beauty. The festival promises a relaxed, welcoming setting in which filmmakers will find ample opportunities to network with industry talents while dreaming up their next projects.

KWFF is proud to launch its inaugural celebration of film at Tropic Cinema and at the historic San Carlos Institute, the home of Cuban independence. All festival venues are within easy walking distance of one another, and all are just a few steps away from legendary Duval Street, offering dozens of galleries, attractions, and watering holes.

The festival is accepting narrative and documentary feature film entries from Florida and around the world. KWFF’s program will also include stimulating panels and workshops with film professionals that complement the festival’s dynamic slate of films.

UPCOMING DEADLINE
August 31, 2012 – Late Deadline

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Key West has a formidable history of inspiring some of America’s greatest creative thinkers, including Ernest Hemingway who wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls, Death in the Afternoon, and several other classics in the warmth of Key West, and Tennessee Williams, who lived in the region for several years.

For the chance to trace the footsteps of some of the greatest American storytellers while enjoying a welcoming festival experience, submit your film to the Key West Film Festival today!

ANGAELICA FISCAL SPONSORSHIP

December 15 to 31, 2012

 

The 7th Annual Angaelica Fiscal Sponsorship Program, is offering support to filmmakers with a passion for the arts and ecology. Through Angaelica, artists and collaborators are connected and elevated through the shared experience of creativity, social good, and development of sustainable communities. A non-profit organization, Angaelica is eager to help bold and innovative artists at any stage of their respective film projects.

Through an independent and collaborative community of artists, Angaelica seeks to help artists create memorable new films, connect to a broader community, and develop vital artistic and financial relationships that will help them sustain their careers well into the future. Through the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, now in its sixth year, Angaelica draws upon a sizable network of knowledgeable contacts ready to be connected to great creative works. By aligning with Angaelica as your fiscal sponsor, your project will receive added benefits upon completion including complimentary submission to the Columbia Gorge International Festival, as well as to Angaelica’s independent exhibit unveiled during Art Basel Miami Beach.

Recipients of the Angaelica Fiscal Sponsorship will receive aid in legal areas, publicity, and fundraising, and will share a common platform with the Angaelica organization that promotes sustainable communities and ecological empowerment. Every project sponsored by Angaelica will also receive aid in the planning and execution of a red carpet premiere at an Angaelica event. Whether your project is in its infancy or is in the can, Angaelica is eager to learn more about it.

UPCOMING DEADLINE
September 1, 2012 – Late Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
Angaelica is a non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of the arts and ecology. It connects artists and collaborators through the power of storytelling and the desire to build sustainable artistic communities.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In addition to offering financial aid to filmmakers and their films, Angaelica is proud to reward screenplays with similar support. Talented writers are invited to submit a treatment, project concept, or finished screenplay. Teleplays, stage plays, and live performance pieces are also accepted. At Angaelica, the true value of a work is not measured by its format, but rather by its spirit.

Angaelica is a collaborative of environmental artists and farmers that believes in creating sustainable communities through artistic excellence. Its members are enthusiastically involved in urban farming projects and alternative energy endeavors and are active participants in ensuring each is responsible for what is used, reused, and created during any artistic process. If you’re a filmmaker or screenwriter with an eye for cinema and a heart for our planet, submit your creative work to Angaelica today!

SAN DIEGO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL

San Diego, California – USA
January 31 to February 3, 2013

 

The 11th Annual San Diego Black Film Festival (SDBFF), is showcasing African American and African Diaspora films. Located in gorgeous San Diego, California, this celebration combines sun, sand, and cinema with countless networking opportunities, and is one of the largest black film festivals in the country. Screening over 100 films a year in a broad variety of categories, SDBFF has cultivated a strong industry reputation as a place where talent is regularly scouted and discovered.

Each year the SDBFF program includes an awards dinner, filmmaker’s breakfast, panel discussions, opening reception, and a red carpet for filmmakers. The dynamic film program includes narrative and documentary features and shorts, as well as comedies, animated films, and music videos.

Opportunities for success at SDBFF are as varied and as exciting as the festival’s lineup; SDBFF awards include Best Dramatic Feature, Best Dramatic Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Religious Film, Best Cutting Edge Film, Best GLBT Film, Best Animation, and a host of others. Winning an award at the San Diego Black Film Festival adds significant industry prestige to a filmmaker’s resume and has helped launch the careers of past winners.

UPCOMING DEADLINE
August 31, 2012 – Regular Deadline

MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The San Diego Black Film Festival celebrates cinema and community by providing a vehicle for worldwide exposure of quality African American and African Diaspora films.

MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
SDFF takes place in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the historic heart of the city with numerous shopping venues and electric nightlife. Submit your film to the San Diego Black Film Festival today for the chance to participate in one of the largest and most prestigious black film festivals in the country!

GOTHAM SCREEN Film Festival and Screenplay Contest

6 Annual October 04, 2012 to October 14, 2012

 

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The mission of the GOTHAM SCREEN Film Festival & Screenplay Competition is to create an opportunity for filmmakers to have their work shown and critically judged in New York. The festival aims to create a positive industry and audience exposure for works that would otherwise not easily get seen, and for new writing, directing and acting talent to get discovered.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The 6th Annual GOTHAM SCREEN Film Festival and Screenplay Contest will take place October 4-14, 2012 in New York City.

Following the success of the 2011 edition, this years event has been expanded to showcase more short and feature films during a week of screenings at the storied Quad Cinema in Manhattan, New York City, and other locations.

Gotham Screen is looking for fresh voices and perspectives from local, national and international filmmakers.

The 2012 Screenplay Contest comes again with a $2,500 cash prize for the winning screenplay! In addition, excerpts from selected contest entries will be performed live by professional actors at a staged reading during the festival.

Recognizing the need for quality projects in the industry, and realizing that this need can not always be satisfied by established writers with agency representation, the GOTHAM SCREEN Screenplay Competition has been set up with the goal to find the Next Great Screenplay, and to give previously undiscovered writers a chance at getting their craft recognized and their projects produced.

The GOTHAM SCREEN Screenplay Competition specializes in lower- to mid- range budgeted projects. We are actively looking for scripts that can be produced with budgets in the 2-15m dollar range. While we realize that great writing exists beyond this range, the GOTHAM SCREEN Screenplay competition is not the appropriate venue for it. Our targeted budget range will most likely exclude high budget action or special effects driven stories, most science fiction, many epics and/or historic movies, as well as most animation projects.

Producers and Financiers have as much interest in great stories and screenplays, as the struggling writer has to get her or his next project onto the screen. Realizing that this is a two way relationship that calls for a new kind of approach, GOTHAM SCREEN strives to find projects and writers that can have a real chance in the marketplace.

ORGANIZERS
Alex Blakeney ; Michael Gunther (Festival Registrar) ; Michael Gunther (Festival Registrar) ; Walter Gamper ; Walter Gamper

GENERAL RULES
– Entrants must fully comply with the Entry Rules & Regulations, including deadline(s), entry material requirements and selected film requirements. Submitting to GOTHAM SCREEN constitutes acceptance of these Rules, Regulations and Requirements.

– The GOTHAM SCREEN Film Festival and Screenplay Contest is open to everyone. You must be 18 years or older (21 in some states) to participate, or have written consent from your parent or guardian.

– Screenplay submissions must be in English, Film submissions must be in English, or subtitled in English.

– International submissions are encouraged, as long as they are in English (screenplays and English language films), or subtitled in English (non-English language films).

– Multiple entries are admissible, but each entry must be accompanied by its own separate submission. You may submit more than one screenplay per writer, or more than one film per director, and you may submit more than one film or screenplay per category

– Contest winners and selected films will be notified by early-October 2012 (approximately). You must give us a valid e-mail address to be notified.

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

SCREENPLAY
While we are looking for great stories of any kind, we are encouraging submissions in the following genres: 

– DRAMA
– COMEDY
– HORROR
– THRILLER/SUSPENSE
– FAMILY
– ADVENTURE
– ROMANTIC COMEDY
– ROMANCE
– ACTION
– SCI-FI
– FANTASY
– SUPERNATURAL
– WESTERN
– URBAN
– DOCUMENTARY
– SCIENCE

Selected entries in this category can made available to the industry (upon request, and with the submitters agreement only), and a number of previous participants and winners have had their work optioned or were further commissioned by producers and production companies.

FEATURE FILM
Gotham Screen each year shows an eclectic mix of US and International Feature Films, from both new directors as well as established filmmakers. Our sophisticated New York audiences like to be surprised, scared, moved and entertained, and appreciate the craft of great storytelling. Among them the occasional scouts from major sales- and distribution companies have been known to attend the screenings as well, and subsequently contact selected filmmakers of interesting movies.
SHORT FILM
One of our favorite audience categories! A number of Short Films of different genres, lengths and formats, from both US and International filmmakers, are shown each year to a discerning and enthusiastic audience.
DOCUMENTARY
Feature-length documentary films, over 45 minutes in runtime. Documentary shorts should be submitted to the Short Film category. Another audience favorite – documentary screenings have drawn good responses from audiences looking for something new and different.
STUDENT / EXPERIMENTAL
Our newest category is specifically for student and experimental filmmakers who want to be critically judged against their peers. They are usually shown together with other short film entries, but are judged as a separate category. And if your film is really exceptional, it even has a chance to win the coveted “Best Short Film” award and cash prize!