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2011 Tribeca Film Festival Submissions FAQ

TFF 2011 Submissions Now Closed










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Note: Submissions for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival are now closed (1/10/11, 9:00 pm).


  1. How do I submit my work to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF ‘11)?
    You may submit your film online [link removed on 1/10/11]. Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully prior to completing the online entry form.


  2. Can you mail or fax me a submissions form?
    No. We are only accepting online applications through our website [link removed on 1/10/11].



  1. What are the submissions deadlines and fees for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival?

    PASSED Early Entry Deadline is November 5, 2010—This is a postmark date for both feature and short films. The EARLY Deadline fee for Short films is US $25 and for Features is US $45.

    PASSED Official Entry Deadline is December 10, 2010—Official entry deadline for then-complete Features and for all Shorts. The OFFICIAL Deadline fee for Short films is US $40 and for Features is US $65.

    Please note: The EARLY and OFFICIAL entry deadlines are both postmark dates. This means that your submissions must be mailed in (not necessarily received) by the applicable date.

    PASSED Late Deadline is January 10, 2011—Late entry deadline available only to those Features (narrative and documentary) completed after the official entry deadline and which have not been screened publicly or otherwise distributed anywhere. The Late Deadline fee is US $95.


  2. Will you accept wire or bank transfers for submission fee payments?
    No. We only accept payment by credit card (American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa). Please do not send checks, money orders, or cash.


  3. What if my submission arrives after the deadline for which I have registered?
    Your film MUST be postmarked or MUST arrive in our office no later than the applicable deadline for which you have registered. That is, if you have submitted your short film for the Early Deadline and have paid $25, but your submission is postmarked for after November 5, you will be prompted to make an additional payment of $15 to bring your account up to date. We will not consider your film until this payment is received.


  4. Does it make a difference to which deadline I submit?
    No. All submissions are processed in the same manner. The only difference is the higher submissions fees. We view all films fairly and equally in the order in which they are received, but we encourage you to submit as early as possible.


  5. What is the Late Deadline?
    The Late entry deadline available only to those Features (narrative and documentary) completed after the official entry deadline and which have not been screened publicly or otherwise distributed anywhere.


  6. Can I submit my short film for the Late Deadline?
    No. We will not accept short film submissions after December 10, 2010 postmark.



  1. Can I submit a work-in-progress film for either the Early or Official deadline?
    Yes. Please note that if you send a WIP short or feature length film for the Early or Late deadline, you may only send in ONE replacement version of your film. We recommend submitting the most finished version of your film.
    *PLEASE NOTE:  Replacement copies will NOT be accepted after January 10, 2011, unless solicited by the Festival.


  2. I made changes to my film. Can I send in a second, newer version?
    Yes, but please note you may only send in ONE replacement version. We will not accept more than one replacement version.
    *PLEASE NOTE: Replacement copies will NOT be accepted after January 10, 2011, unless solicited by the Festival.



  1. I submitted last year. Can I resubmit my film for this year’s Festival?
    You may resubmit if you have made significant changes to your film and meet the other eligibility requirements as outlined in the Rules and Regulations.


  2. What is your preferred format for submission?
    Films should be submitted on DVD. We prefer DVDs to be sent in a simple paper CD/DVD sleeve in order to minimize waste. DVD’s MUST be compatible with standard consumer DVD players. Please ensure that your disc plays in a standard DVD player prior to sending to the Festival.

    Please use permanent marker to label your DVD. Do not use a paper label on your disc; stickers and paper may make a disc unplayable.


  3. Can my submission DVD be in PAL format?
    It is highly preferred that you send us an NTSC formatted DVD, but we will accept ALL REGION DVD submissions. Clearly mark the format on the DVD.


  4. What should I include with my submission?
    After you have completed the online submissions form, please send two copies of the film on DVD, a copy of the payment receipt if you have paid by credit card, or a copy of your student ID. To minimize, we ask that you do not send printed press or promotional materials.


  5. What happens if you are unable to get my film to work?
    If your DVD does not play, we will contact you to request another copy. However, there is no guarantee that we will get your replacement disc in time and we must give preference to those who sent in a working copy to begin with. For this reason, we ask that you make absolutely sure that your disc plays all the way through before you submit to us.


  6. Can someone tell me if my entry has arrived?
    If you would like to be notified of the receipt of your submission, please include a self addressed stamped envelope with your entry. We will send the envelope back when your submission has been processed. You can also email


  7. Will my materials be returned to me?
    No. Due to the high number of submissions we receive, we are not able to return any materials.


  8. How do I send in updates concerning my film’s screening history?
    Please email with any festival or screening updates.



  1. How do you distinguish short films from feature films?
    Short films are works under 40 minutes and feature films are works 40 minutes and over.


  2. Can I choose the program I want to submit to?
    No. If your film is selected to screen at the Festival, TFF programmers will determine which program best suits your film.


  3. Do I have to obtain rights clearance for the music in my film?
    Yes, please review the Rules and Regulations carefully.


  4. My film has aired on television. Is it still eligible for consideration?
    Works may have been exhibited theatrically and/or broadcast prior to the TFF11 in a restricted capacity (i.e., at film festivals and/or, in select instances, in limited commercial theatrical or broadcast release) provided that such exhibition was only outside of North America.



  1. When and how will I find out the status of my submission?
    We notify ALL filmmakers in early March via email.  If you have not received any notification by April 2011, please email


  2. If my film isn’t chosen to screen during your Festival, will you let me know why?
    No. Due to the large volume of submissions, our programmers can not offer individual critiques.



  1. When does the Tribeca Film Festival take place?
    The 10th Tribeca Film Festival will take place April 20 to May 1, 2011.


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Read the Rules and Regulations.


Complete the submission form [link removed on 1/10/11].



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