Download the Tribeca TV Submissions Rules and Regulations

Quick Jump:


1. How does TV fit in at the Tribeca Film Festival?

Our TV programming features a combination of world premieres and special events, including season sneak peeks and finales, and dynamic conversations with some of the most prolific and creative directors, producers, writers and actors in television. Selected works will be presented to the public at the 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival (the “TFF17”).

2. What is the difference between submitting for Tribeca N.O.W. and submitting for Tribeca: TV?

Tribeca N.O.W. is intended for short-form content (either short films or episodic) created specifically for the online space. Projects selected for Tribeca N.O.W. will be featured on Tribeca's website during the festival. Project creators selected for Tribeca N.O.W. may also be eligible for the Tribeca Digital Creators Market, an industry-only, one-day event held during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

Submissions for Tribeca: TV are limited to world premiere episodic content (either pilot episodes or new episodes of existing series), intended for broadcast and/or online viewing. Episodes must be 22 minutes or longer in length. Submitted pilots must show the potential for serial growth. Selected TV projects will be screened in cinemas during the Festival.

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


3. How do I submit my TV project to Tribeca?

To submit your TV project to Tribeca, you will have to complete the online submission form at, pay the applicable submissions fee and include a streaming link to your film on the application. 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

4. Can you mail or fax me a submissions form?

No. We are only accepting online applications through our website at


5. What are the submissions deadlines and fees for the Tribeca: TV?

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: September 6, 2016, 10am ET

EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE: October 19, 2016, 6pm ET - $40 entry fee

OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE: November 23, 2016, 6pm ET - $60 entry fee

LATE ENTRY DEADLINE: December 14, 2016, 6pm ET - $80 entry fee

  • 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 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. If I have already completed the online submission form, can I go back to edit information or to update my contact information?

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

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

Yes. If you send a work-in-progress (WIP) version of your project, you may update your streaming link with a new version as long as you email us at to notify us of the change. If the link or password changes at any time you must email or call to make the change or else risk forfeiting your submission. If the film is selected you must send us a complete, final exhibition copy before we screen it at the festival, as we do not exhibit works in progress at the festival.

9. Can I submit a trailer instead of a WIP or a completed episode?

No. We will not be able to consider your episode if you send in a trailer instead of a WIP or a completed film.

10. Do I have to obtain rights and clearances for the music or other copyrighted material included in my project?

At the time of submission, you are not yet required to obtain all rights and clearances. If your project is selected you must sign a release certifying that you have obtained all rights and clearances prior to exhibiting the film at the festival. Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully.

11. Can I submit more than one episode?

Each submitter may submit up to three episodes of a given project. You must fill out an additional entry form for each separate project you submit; please do not send links to multiple separate project entries in your online entry form, as any or all of them may be disqualified.

12. What is your preferred format for submission?

All films must be submitted via a password-protected streaming link(s). Our preference is Vimeo links; however, we can accept links to other streaming sites including your own site, an unlisted private YouTube, etc. If you have any extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from making a streaming link of your film, please email us at

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. Is there an age restriction?

There is no age restriction for filmmakers, but submitters must be at least 18 years of age.

15. Can I submit to Tribeca if I’ve already submitted to other festivals and am still waiting to hear back?

Yes, submitting to other festivals does not negatively impact your submission at all! If you decide to accept an invitation for another festival that happens before TFF17, we ask that you please email or call 212-941-2305 so that we may update our records with your premiere status.

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

To be eligible for consideration:

  1. Eligible projects are limited to episodic content intended for viewing on broadcast television and/or online.
  2. The project must have been produced after January 1, 2016.
  3. All submitted episodes must be 22 minutes or longer in length.
  4. Submitted pilot episodes must show the potential for serial growth and will be asked to provide episode descriptions of at least two additional episodes.
  5. The project MUST maintain at minimum a World premiere status prior to TFF17 (“Premiere”; see criteria in charts, below).
    • If the submitted episode(s) are an extension of an existing series, the submitted episode(s) must maintain a World premiere status prior to TFF17
  6. Both prior to and throughout the TFF17 (except as otherwise expressly noted below), the submitted episode(s) must meet the following criteria (see applicable chart):
ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution or exhibition before January 1, 2016 (other than as described in 1 below) X
Theatrical - Any commercial exhibition (other than as described in 2 or 3 below) X
DVD - Any commercial distribution (other than as described in 3 below) X
TV - Any broadcast available (other than as described in 3 below) X
Digital - Any digital broadcast available (including via a non-password protected website, whether commercial or personal, e.g. Vimeo, YouTube, etc.), other than as described in 3 below X
Festival - Any exhibition as part of a film festival (other than as described in 2 or 3 below and, for clarity, except for TFF17 screenings) X
1 Private, invite only screenings (i.e. screenings for family or cast or screenings for feedback) X
2 Academic screenings for students/faculty in a classroom or in-person, school-based film festival. X
3 For SELECTED films: theatrical, DVD, TV, digital and/or festival screenings scheduled to be held DURING the TFF17 but after the Feature’s Premiere, if approved in advance and in writing by the Festival X

Note: If subsequent to its initial consideration, the Festival determines that a submission no longer meets all of the criteria listed in the applicable chart above, the submission will be designated ineligible.


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

We notify ALL persons designated as “submitter” via email of their status by 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 for an official notification.

18. 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.


19. When does the Tribeca Film Festival take place?

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