NYFF Submissions

Check back soon for information about submissions
for the 53rd New York Film Festival.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience.

As an independent constituent of the world’s foremost performing arts center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents a 365-day season that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors; major retrospectives; in-depth symposia and high profile events. The Film Society is one of those rare institutions whose stature is matched by its popularity, each year welcoming an aggregate audience of more than 200,000 film aficionados, filmmakers and industry leaders of every nationality, age, economic and ethnic group. The organization has been a pioneer among film institutions and one of the film world’s most respected and influential arbiters of cinematic trends and discoveries. François Truffaut, R.W. Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Almodóvar, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson– over the last four decades there is scarcely a major director who has not been introduced to American audiences by the Film Society.

The New York Film Festival was founded in 1962 and is produced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center which aims to demonstrate the development of international film art and contemporary trends in content, form, and style.

The festival is highly competitive with an average of 30 feature films in the Main Slate which are chosen by a Selection Committee of five programmers. A comprehensive short film program is selected by the Short Film Committee. There are no categories and no prizes awarded at NYFF.

The Avant-Garde section of NYFF premieres non-narrative, experimental film and video. Work of any length is considered.

1.) Film Society of Lincoln Center defines a short film as any film with a running time less than 50 minutes.

2.) Film Society of Lincoln Center defines a feature film as any film with a running time greater than 50 minutes.

3.) Non-narrative and experimental films of any length may be submitted to the Avant-Garde section.

4.) All films submitted to NYFF must be New York City premieres. “Premiere” is defined as any film having not screened for the public in the greater New York area, or having received a run in a festival operating within New York City.

5.) Only world premieres may be considered for Opening and Closing Night. “World Premiere” is defined as any film having not received a theatrical run or festival screening of any kind.

6.) Films having received any theatrical or home video distribution of any kind beyond festival screenings or that have been broadcast on television or the internet will be deemed ineligible for NYFF.

7.) Films that have had private, unpublicized screenings are eligible for submission to NYFF.

8.) Films that have been previously submitted to NYFF or Views from the Avant-Garde are ineligible

9.) Films must have been completed in the current or previous year (2013 and 2014).

10.) All applicants must complete the official festival submission form located on withoutabox.com.

11.) NYFF reserves the right to disqualify any film not submitted through these websites without refund of any application fees.

12.) The applicant holds the sole responsibility of copyright clearance of any copyrighted material in the film. Films including unauthorized copyrighted material are ineligible.

13.) Films not in English must be subtitled in English unless dialogue is minimal and not necessary for the comprehension of the Film.