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What are we looking for?
It’s the inevitable question, for which there is one equally inevitable answer, sure to be both boring and frustrating to filmmakers: We know it when we see it. Sometimes filmmakers think that we have specific slots to fill, and if you have the one and only film about naked subway explorers or how hoboes are the new unicorns, you’re sure to be accepted. The truth is, we’re simply looking for films that are fresh, compelling, well-directed, well-acted, creative, fun… We know it when we see it.
|1) Make sure your DVD or VHS actually works.
You’d be surprised how many submissions we receive that don’t play. If we can’t watch it, it won’t get in.
2) Label your DVD or VHS.
If it gets separated from your entry form, we’ll still know it’s your submission.
3) Don’t send extras.
We receive thousands of submissions every year. As the deadline approaches, it becomes difficult to reach our desks. Don’t send us anything we don’t ask for.
4) Attach proper postage.
Both too little and too much can lead to delays.
5) Make sure to include your entry fee.
It pays our salaries!
The early submission deadline for features and shorts is November 16, while the official deadline for all work completed in 2007 is December 14. For 2008 works in progress, there’s a January 11 late deadline. The seventh annual Tribeca Film Festival runs April 23rd through May 4th, 2008.