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Tribeca Storyscapes, presented at the Tribeca Film Festival (the “Festival”), is an interactive storytelling program created to showcase works that explore new forms and uses of media, highlighting innovation across a variety of platforms. These may range from cross-platform films to websites, multi-media installations, games and apps. Selected Tribeca Storyscapes works will be presented to the public at the 15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival (the “TFF16”). Since submission of a work constitutes acceptance of these Tribeca Storyscapes Entry Rules & Regulations (by you and your agents), please review this document carefully


  • September 14, 2015 (3pm, ET) – Submissions Open
  • December 11, 2015 (6pm, ET) – Submissions Close
  • April 13 – 24, 2016 – TFF16


  • The entry fee for each submission is $35 USD.

Note:Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per submission 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 a determination by the Festival that your eligibility status has changed post-submission.


Tribeca Storyscapes is open to U.S- and international-produced fiction and documentary story-driven works. Works may include but are not limited to 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 for Tribeca Storyscapes. Linear films may be submitted to the Tribeca Film Festival through the film entry process.

To be eligible for consideration:

  1. You must fully comply with these Tribeca Storyscapes Entry Rules & Regulations, including with respect to all deadlines, entry material and other requirements.
  2. If applicable, non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted in lieu of subtitles.
  3. There is NO minimum or maximum runtime for works submitted.
  4. You must complete all required fields in the online entry form, including the estimated costs to set up and present your work at TFF16, as well as all technical, space, and other requirements.
  5. Works MUST maintain, at minimum, a “New York Regional” festival premiere status prior to TFF16.
    • “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.
  6. Online web projects that launch after May 1, 2015 may be selected at the discretion of the Festival.
  7. Any work submitted as a “work-in-progress” must be completed prior to the start of the TFF16.
  8. The chart below sets forth additional eligibility criteria that must be maintained both prior to and throughout the TFF16 (except as otherwise expressly noted below):
Tribeca Storyscapes Eligiblity Chart
U.S. and International fiction and documentary submissions
ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution or exhibition before January 1, 2015 (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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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 TFF16 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, 2015 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.


Apply online at and, after fully completing the online entry form, click “submit”.


All submissions must include the following:

  1. An official Tribeca Storyscapes online entry form, properly completed, including a link or links to the work for consideration. If the work is not available through a link, you must follow the prompts in the online entry form to contact the Festival programming team. You will then receive instructions for submitting your work in an alternate format.
  2. If you have an app that requires login for beta testing or any other form of media that is not easily shareable via link, you must email prior to submitting your online application so we may consider whether the work would be eligible, and if so, the best method for evaluating the work.

Note: It is your sole responsibility to ensure that your online entry form is properly submitted. Approximately 24 hours after you have completed and submitted your online entry form, you will receive an email confirmation. If more than 24 hours have passed and you have not received an email confirmation, you may email the Festival at or call at (212) 941-2305 to follow up. It is also your responsibility to ensure all links are functional and all links and passwords submitted are accurate. Regardless of your method of entry, all entry materials MUST be received by the Festival no later than November 25, 2015. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission, without refund of any kind, if it is not completed in accordance with these Tribeca Storyscapes Entry Rules and Regulations.

*All physical submission materials will not be returned and will be destroyed or discarded by the Festival.


Each work must be individually submitted and accompanied by its own completed online entry form; please do not send links to multiple works in your online entry form or compilation/multiple DVDs composed of works for separate entries, as any or all of them may be disqualified.


Festival programmers select and invite all works to be presented to the public at the TFF16. Selected works will be notified by email or phone via the information provided with the submission. Make sure to update the Festival with new contact information or any other festival invitations prior to the TFF16 at The Festival may rescind an invitation to participate at the TFF16 if a work’s eligibility status changess.


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

  1. You must execute a release agreement provided by the Festival wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your work at TFF16; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your work at TFF16; 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 work at TFF16.
  2. You must deliver to the address(es) designated by the Festival all materials and other relevant information for your work to be appropriately displayed during the TFF16 (at a minimum, the Festival will require all materials required to allow exhibition of your work in one (1) location, but Tribeca may request additional materials (or copies thereof, as applicable) to allow for exhibitions at more than one venue). Due to the unique nature of the Tribeca Storyscapes program, such required materials, shipping arrangements and setup costs will be determined on a work-by-work basis. Further, final format/media/spec requirements for any given work may be different from and in addition to the formats delivered during the submission process.
  3. Please note that if the actual costs and required technical/space requirements to set up and exhibit your work are in excess of the estimates you provide with your submission form, the Festival reserves the right to decline to exhibit your work at the TFF16.
  4. You must provide a properly completed and signed official Tribeca Storyscapes “Project Information Form” including all press and publicity assets as specified in the “Materials Checklist” (the “Project Information Form” and “Materials Checklist” will be provided by the Festival).


All selected works that are actually exhibited as part of the Tribeca Storyscapes program during the TFF16 are eligible for any award(s) that may be given in connection with the Tribeca Storyscapes program at TFF16 (awards are not guaranteed and are determined from year to year in the Festival’s sole discretion).