The Festival

SUBMISSION INFO & RULES

• The 2018 submission window opens March 1st, 2018 and closes April 30th, 2018.

• The producer, writer, and director must be over 18 years of age, a resident of the U.S. and eligible for immediate employment.

• The writer, director, cast, or theme of the short must be diverse, either: ethnically, culturally, or of a diverse voice or community. Examples of diverse and inclusive backgrounds, including female writers & directors, the LGBTQ community, and artists who are differently-abled.

• Short films must qualify under one of the following narrative genres: Comedy, or Drama. We strongly encourage Comedic Pilot Presentations and stand-alone Web Series episodes. Any Documentaries, Animated Films or Music Videos are not eligible.

• Projects must be 2-22 minutes in length. All others are not eligible.

• Submitted works must have been completed no more than 2 years prior the submission date (no earlier than February 2016). Any film completed over 2 years prior is not eligible.

• Submitting parties must hold complete ownership and rights of submitted product.

• Submitting parties must be able to grant screening rights and online streaming rights.

• Only original works are accepted. Submissions are disqualified if based, in whole or in part, on pre-existing material, fictional or nonfiction, produced or un-produced, published or unpublished, unless such material was originally created and published/produced by the applicant, in another medium.

• This is a non-exclusive festival, meaning there is no conflict for your projects to have screened or to screen in future at other festivals.

• Films with prior commercial distribution or broadcast within the US are NOT eligible to submit. In the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings, the committee reserves the right to waive this rule.

• In August, the festival semi-finals events and screening will take place in New York City. The entire team will be invited to attend. NBC Entertainment will award one (1) airfare & accommodation to either the director or writer. All other team members are invited but are responsible for their own travel and accommodations should they choose to attend.

• If selected to screen in the New York semi-finals in August, semi-finalists must provide their shorts in one of the following formats: DCP, HDCam (regular not SR) or QuickTime Pro Res 422.

• No revisions or updated versions will be accepted after the initial submission.

• An applicant may submit multiple separate entries.

• There is NO FEE for submitting a film to this festival.

• FilmFreeway profiles will be noted with a confirmation of receipt within one week of arrival.

• The submitter of each film will be contacted & notified directly if selected as a semi-finalist & finalist. The submitter will have sole responsibility to contact & notify the writer, director, cast, producing parties, joint rights holders, etc.

• In October, the finalist screening will be held in Los Angeles. The entire team will be invited to attend. NBC Entertainment will award one (1) airfare & accommodation to either the director or writer. All other team members are invited but are responsible for their own travel and accommodations should they choose to attend.

• In the event your project is selected as a finalist, you may be asked to provide current additional items, such as: trailer, high res poster artwork, still images from the film, revised synopses, short bios of writer, director and lead cast member and possibly social media handles & hashtags.

• NBC Entertainment Short Film Festival reserves all right to cancel events & showcase screenings at its own discretion.