Two ways to submit - your choice! Submit directly to us via the Tribeca Film Festival Extranet; or submit via FilmFreeway. Tribeca Games and Podcasts are only available through the Tribeca Extranet.

 

COVID-19: Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, some projects that premiered online as part of a limited festival screening or were previously invited to other festivals that were subsequently cancelled, may still be eligible for the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. This does not apply to all submission categories. Films will still need to comply with our complete rules and regulations, which can find in the link above. Please contact entries@tribecafilm.com for more information.

DEADLINES & ENTRY FEES

All fees are in USD. We will inform submitters of their status mid-April.

  Features Shorts Tribeca NOW Tribeca Immersive Tribeca Games Tribeca X Award Tribeca Podcasts
Open

Sept 8, 2020

Sept 8, 2020

Sept 8, 2020

Sept 8, 2020

Sept 22, 2020

Sept 8, 2020

Dec 2, 2020

Early Deadline

Oct 21, 2020

$65

Oct 21, 2020

$45

Oct 21, 2020

$40

Oct 21, 2020

$40

Oct 30, 2020

$40

Oct 21, 2020

$325

N/A

Official Deadline

Dec 2, 2020

$85

Dec 2, 2020

$50

Dec 2, 2020

$60

Dec 2, 2020

$60

Dec 2, 2020

$60

Dec 2, 2020

$425

Jan 13, 2020

$20

Final Deadline

Jan 13, 2021

$110

Jan 13, 2021

$60

Jan 13, 2021

$80

Jan 13, 2021

$80

Jan 13, 2021

$80

Jan 13, 2021

$525

Jan 29, 2021

$40

 

  Features Virtual Festival Shorts Virtual Festival
Submissions Open

Sept 8, 2020

Sept 8, 2020

Early Deadline

Oct 21, 2020

$35

Oct 21, 2020

$20

Official Deadline

Dec 2, 2021

$45

Dec 2, 2020

$30

Final Deadline

Jan 13, 2021

$55

Jan 13, 2021

$40

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

FEATURE FILMS

A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, Tribeca supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through film premieres, post-screening performances, panels, and live experiences. Feature films invited to participate in the TFF21 will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion.

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
Feature-length (40 minutes or longer) narrative and documentary films that have not screened publicly in the New York region prior to TFF21. Submitted films cannot have had ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution, or exhibition before January 1, 2020.M

SHORT FILMS

A platform for independent filmmaking, creative expression and immersive entertainment, Tribeca supports emerging and established voices, discovers award-winning filmmakers, curates innovative and interactive experiences, and introduces new technology and ideas through film premieres, post-screening performances, panels, and live experiences. Short films invited to participate in TFF21 will be shown in the section determined most appropriate by Festival programmers, in their sole discretion.

 

If you are submitting a student film, please submit via the Tribeca Extranet form to get the discounted submissions fee ($25 USD). You will need a copy of your student ID to qualify.

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
Short-length (under 40 minutes) narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films that have not screened publicly in the New York region prior to TFF21. Submitted films cannot have had ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution, or exhibition before January 1, 2020.

TRIBECA IMMERSIVE

Tribeca exhibits immersive projects throughout the festival to showcase new forms and uses of emerging media, highlighting innovation across a variety of platforms. These may range from virtual reality and augmented reality projects to cross-platform films, 360 films, multi-media installations, and apps. Submissions will be considered for the Tribeca Virtual Arcade (for mobile and room-scale VR and/or XR projects), for which all World Premiere selections will be eligible for the annual Storyscapes Award. We will also be considering mobile VR/360 projects for our Cinema360 section, some of which will also be included in our Cinema360 Online initiative for a global audience. Project creators will also be considered for the NOW Creators Market, a first-of-its-kind, daylong, private industry market that brings together leading online and immersive storytellers to pitch new projects to a wide range of industry, including distributors, agencies, brands, and more.

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
Works may include but are not limited to virtual reality projects, 360 films, augmented reality projects, web projects, mobile apps, multi-media installations and multi-platform works, but in any event, projects must have some sort of interactive element. Linear or 2D films will not be accepted.

TRIBECA GAMES

Tribeca will feature video game projects throughout TFF21 to highlight this important medium as a form of storytelling, art, and innovation. Story is defined in the broadest sense including narrative, world building, and/or artistic excellence. Cross-medium projects and unique use of technology that challenge our current understanding games is embraced. Submissions will be considered for the Tribeca Games section and, if selected, will be considered Official Selections, and will be featured during the 20th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival. Selections will also be eligible for the Tribeca Games Award and be considered for the NOW Creators Market, a first-of-its-kind, daylong, private industry market that brings together leading online and immersive storytellers to pitch new projects to a wide range of industry, including distributors, agencies, brands, and more.

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
Eligible projects include but are not limited to all U.S. and internationally produced games that have not launched prior to the 2021 festival and are created for PC, web, console, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mobile games. Tabletop games are not accepted at this time.

TRIBECA NOW

Tribeca NOW is a platform that discovers, highlights, and celebrates independent episodic work, including short and long form pilots/series, of both narrative and documentary genres.

 

Additional to consideration as an Official Selection of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, filmmakers submitting to Tribeca NOW will also be considered for the NOW Creators Market, a first-of-its-kind, daylong, private industry market held during TFF that brings together leading episodic, immersive and other emerging storytellers to pitch new projects to and network with a wide range of industry, including distributors, networks, brands, and more. Interested participants must have prepared pitch materials (i.e. scripts, look books, etc.) in advance of the event for Market staff to review.  All filmmakers chosen as Official Selections of the Tribeca NOW section will receive an automatic invitation to the NOW Creators Market.

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
Eligible projects include episodic projects created for broadcast television and/or streaming, and web series. Submitted projects must show the potential for serial growth; standalone short films will not be considered.

Submitted films cannot have had ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution, or exhibition before January 1, 2020.

TRIBECA PODCASTS

Recognizing the importance of audio storytelling, the Festival will curate an Official Selection of podcasts and audio stories, with an emphasis on discovering, highlighting, and celebrating independent work. Selected projects for TFF21 will be showcased on the Festival’s website and/or in-person listening stations for the duration of TFF21. Selected projects will be reviewed by a jury of leaders and professionals in the entertainment and audio industry and be eligible for an official festival award.

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
Eligible projects include English-language, fiction and narrative nonfiction* podcasts and audio stories. Submitted projects must be 10-90 minutes in length, they can be episodic (including serialized) or stand-alone pieces (as further described below), and must not have been made publicly available.

*Story-driven nonfiction projects, as opposed to interview or talk shows. These projects will use editing to incorporate interviews and/or other sounds and music. Examples: This American Life, Radiolab, Serial.

    Episodic Projects:

    • These projects were designed to be released as one episode in a larger series or podcast
    • Only one (1) episode per series may be submitted
    • See eligibility requirements above

    Serialized Projects:

    • These are episodic projects where the story arc spans multiple episodes (Examples: Serial, Homecoming)
    • Only one (1) episode per series may be submitted
    • The first episode of the story must be submitted
      • This will either be the first episode of the series or the first episode of a season

    Stand-Alone Projects:

    • Audio stories that are not part of a series, not an episode of a podcast
    • See eligibility requirements above

Read the full rules and regulations for Tribeca Podcasts

TRIBECA X AWARD

The Tribeca X Award is a juried award for storytelling supported by a brand recognizing the intersection of advertising and entertainment. The Tribeca X Award is open to all work funded with support of a brand in collaboration with artists or filmmakers. The finalists will be recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival, and a jury will award the winning selection at the Festival.

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
Eligible projects include scripted and documentary work for film, TV, digital, episodic, social, and VR/AR, in both feature or short length that were funded with support of a brand in collaboration with artists or filmmakers. Submitted projects must have a storytelling element; projects that are strictly intended as commercial spots will not be considered.

TRIBECA VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL: FEATURES

The Tribeca Virtual Film Festival offers an online, festival-style platform for feature and short work looking to make their online premiere. Films submitting to this section will be considered by the Tribeca programming team who will select a curated program of films to premiere online during the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival as part of our official slate, bringing the Tribeca experience and the best in independent film to online audiences nationwide.

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
Feature-length (40 minutes or longer) narrative and documentary films that must still retain their US Online Premiere status at a minimum. Submitted films cannot have had ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution, or exhibition before January 1, 2020.

TRIBECA VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL: SHORTS

The Tribeca Virtual Film Festival offers an online, festival-style platform for feature and short work looking to make their online premiere. Films submitting to this section will be considered by the Tribeca programming team who will select a curated program of films to premiere online during the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival as part of our official slate, bringing the Tribeca experience and the best in independent film to online audiences nationwide.

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
Short-length (under 40 minutes) narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films that must still retain their US Online Premiere status at a minimum. Submitted films cannot have had ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution, or exhibition before January 1, 2020.

 

Questions regarding submissions may be directed to entries@tribecafilm.com