Submit A Film

We are looking for feline-themed films (preferably short) - documentary, animated and narrative – made by people that have something to say about cats, whether from a philosophical, practical or hilarious point of view.

This Festival is not about “cat videos” which record silly or foolish things cats happen to do randomly.  Films are welcome which have been made with an intention, concept or story to convey something essential about cats – the films can depict something funny or ludicrous but there has to be a reason that the film was made. We hope filmmakers will want to honor cats and raise awareness for their needs and qualities – and have fun doing it. The NY Cat Film Festival™ is a way for those who admire and are fascinated by cats to bring their films in front of like-minded cat aficionados. 



Submission Dates

July 1 2017 - Early Bird Deadline: $10 / students $5

September 1 2017 - Regular Deadline: $15 / students $5

October 1 2017 - Notification Date

Submission Guidelines


Entrants accept all rules and regulations of NY CFF and must be 18+ yrs old, or young filmmakers under 18 must have written adult consent by a parent or guardian. 
The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material is an original work and that there are no disputes regarding ownership of the submission. The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and he/she fully indemnifies the Festival against any claim made for such violations of the law. The filmmaker understands that failure to adhere to the Festival rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. The filmmaker agrees to hold Dog Film Festival harmless from and defends them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not they are groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival. 
Films that are not in the English language must be subtitled or dubbed. 
Films are welcome that may have been previously seen by the public. 
By submitting a film, the filmmaker agrees to the following conditions:
The Festival will screen films digitally and, therefore accepts only digital submissions viewable online. Chosen films will be transferred to a Digital Cinema Projection file for screening purposes. Filmmaker is responsible for supplying a high resolution format of their film. Contact the Festival director for assistance if needed. 
For multiple entries, please note that each film entered must have a separate entry form. 
Filmmakers will be notified of their status by October 1st 2017 by email. Filmmakers of chosen films will be our guest (plus 1) and receive 2 "all-access dog tags" passes (non transferable) to the entire NYC Festival day, including the NY Dog Film Festival. 
The NY CFF will travel to multiple U.S. locations annually although there is no guarantee that every film seen in the NYC annual premiere will be included in the edited traveling version. 
Filmmaker's permission is granted to all destinations of the NY CFF in any year, and any subsequent broadcast uses, including streaming platforms including emerging technology. 
NY CFF does not pay screening fees under any circumstance. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if it is selected. 
For promotional and publicity purposes, clips of any film entered into the Festival may be shown on any network, the internet, or related media. 
NY CFF reserves the right to include any accepted films on any format used for promotional purposes. 
Decisions of the Festival Authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be binding on all parties. 

Submitting a film to the NY Cat Film Festival implies acceptance of these regulations. 

If Your Film is Accepted

If your film is accepted, you and a guest will have VIP seating as Tracie's guests for both of the 2 NY Cat Film Festival programs November 5th 2017 in New York City at the School for Visual Arts. 

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