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TRIBECA: EXPERIENTIAL WORK

1. What is the role of experiential work at the Tribeca Film Festival?

Tribeca exhibits experiential work throughout the festival to showcase new forms and uses of media, highlighting innovation across a variety of platforms. These may range from virtual reality projects to cross-platform films, websites, multi-media installations, games and apps. Submissions will be considered for the Tribeca Storyscapes section (for all formats of experiential work); and the Virtual Arcade (for mobile and tethered VR projects). Selected works will be presented to the public at the 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival (the “TFF17”).

2. What types of experiential work are eligible for consideration?

Tribeca is accepting submissions for U.S- and international-produced fiction and documentary story-driven experiential works. Works may include but are not limited to virtual reality projects, augmented reality projects, web projects, mobile apps, games, multi-media installations and multi-platform works, but in any event, projects must have some sort of interactive element. Linear films will not be accepted. Linear films may be submitted to the Tribeca Film Festival through the film entry process.

Please email entries@tribecafilmfestival.org or call 212-941-2305 if you are unsure which section to apply to.

APPLICATION

3. How do I submit my experiential project to the Tribeca Film Festival?

To submit your experiential project to the Tribeca Film Festival, you will have to complete the online submission form at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions, pay the applicable submissions fee and send us a link or links to work representative of the project. 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

4. 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

5. What is the submissions deadline and fee for experiential projects?

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: September 6, 2016, 10am ET

OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE: December 2, 2016, 6pm ET - $40 per project

  • All submissions must be received by this date.

6. 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, JCB and Visa). Please do not send checks, money orders, or cash.

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

Entry fees are waived for students submitting experiential 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.

PROJECT SUBMISSIONS

8. 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 entries@tribecafilm.com.

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

Yes. Please keep us posted with updates at entries@tribecafilm.com.

10. My project is an interactive storytelling 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.

11. 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.

12. What is your preferred format for submission?

Projects should be submitted via a password-protected streaming link, Steam key, or a download link to your 360 video file, app download package, or other file with your submission form. The content may include password-protected links to web pages, videos, or other relevant media.

For VR projects, we are able to view projects intended for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, or Google Cardboard.

If you need to send in additional materials to be considered, or if your project is intended for a platform that is not mentioned here, please email us at entries@tribecafilmfestival.org and we will work with you.

13. Is there a tracking number for submission?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email after submitting your online application with a submission number. Please reference this and the project title when inquiring about your project.

14. What if my submission cannot be accessed by link?

If you need to send in additional materials to be considered, please email us at entries@tribecafilmfestival.org and we will work with you.

REQUIREMENTS + ELIGIBLITY

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

Works MUST maintain, at minimum, a “New York Regional” festival premiere status prior to TFF17.

  • “NY Regional” 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, Middlesex and Hudson counties)
  • “festival” means but is not limited to film festivals, media festivals, music festivals, literary festivals, art museums, art festivals, art fairs and trade fairs.

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

Tribeca: Experiential Work Eligibility Chart

ELIGIBLE INELIGIBLE
ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution or exhibition before January 1, 2016 (other than as described in 1 below) X
ANY advertising or brand driven campaigns 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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 TFF16 screenings) X
Festival - Exhibition held outside the New York Region as part of a “festival” and on/after January 1, 2016 X
1 Private, invite-only screenings (i.e. screenings for family or cast or screenings for feedback) and certain festivals (as more fully described herein) will not affect eligibility X
2 Screenings for students/faculty in an in-house theater and at academic in-person-only festivals will not affect eligibility X
3 For works actually selected for Tribeca: theatrical, DVD, TV, digital and/or festival screenings and exhibitions may be held DURING the TFF17 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, 2016 may be considered for selection. 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.

16. 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, Middlesex and Hudson counties).

NOTIFICATION

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

We will send a confirmation email once your project materials have been received and are in consideration. You can email entries@tribecafilm.com or call (212) 941-2305 to confirm that your submission has gone through properly.

18. When and how will I know if my project has been selected?

We notify ALL filmmakers and project creators via email of their status by early March 2017. Please make sure your contact information is up to date. If you have not received any notification by mid- March 2017, please email entries@tribecafilm.com for an official notification.

19. 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.

NOTIFICATION

20. Can I choose the section I want to submit to?

No. If your project is selected to screen at the Festival, TFF programmers will determine which section best suits your film. Experiential submissions will be considered for:

IN COMPETITION:

Tribeca Storyscapes
•   Open to all U.S- and international-produced fiction and documentary story-driven works. Works may include but are not limited to virtual reality projects, augmented reality projects, web projects, mobile apps, games, multi-media installations and multi-platform works, but in any event, projects must have some sort of interactive element
•   Eligible for the Storyscapes Award
•    Must at least be a NY Regional Festival “Premiere”

OUT OF COMPETITION:

Virtual Arcade
•   Open to mobile and tethered VR experiences
•    Must at least be a NY Regional “Premiere”

THE FESTIVAL

21. When does the Tribeca Film Festival take place?

The 16th Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 19 - April 30, 2017.