Years running: 17 (since 2002)

Tribeca Film Festival

International Film Festival in New York.


The Tribeca Film Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese and Craig Hatkoff to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking capital and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The festival has been quite successful so far. 


In 2018, cash awards totaled $165,000, in addition to over $65,000 in artwork. Awards for the TFF19 may be modified.


  • Projects completed after 01-january-2017
  • Must be at least a U.S. Premiere to be eligible for the Narrative Feature or Documentary Feature Awards, but entries which are World, International, North American and U.S. Premieres may be given priority.
  • Submissions may be in work-in-progress form; however, films that are not final cuts must be clearly marked Work in Progress (“WIP”) or Rough Cut with an indication of what will change or what is missing (e.g., temp sound, Avid output, missing animation, etc.) either indicated in the film cut itself or within the copy display in the streaming link.

Features deadline:

  • December 13, 2017 (6pm ET) – 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 at the time of submission. 


  • All submitted episodes must be 22 minutes or longer in length. 
  • The project must have been produced after January 1, 2017.
  • The project MUST maintain at minimum a North American premiere status prior to TFF18
  • Subtitle language: English. 

Tribeca Immersive Category ((these may range from virtual reality projects to cross-platform films, websites, multi-media installations, games and apps)

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Complete the online submissions form,
  • Pay entry fees,
  • Provide a password protected streaming link of the film. If physically submitting your film, you must follow the prompts in the online entry form to contact the Festival programming team. You will then receive instructions for submitting physical copies of your film and completing your entry.

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

  • Creative director — Geoffrey Gilmore
  • Executive director — Nancy Schafer
  • Program director — Gemma Terranova



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    August 05, 2018
  • Official Deadline (Shorts)
    October 31, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    November 28, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    December 13, 2018
  • Event dates
    18 April 2018 — 5 May 2019
Categories & Fees

Fiction and documentary 40 mins and under

  • Official Deadline (Shorts) — $50
  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $60

Fiction and documentary over 40 mins

  • Official Deadline (Shorts) — $80
  • Earlybird Deadline — $60
  • Late Deadline — $110
  • Official Deadline (Shorts) — $60
  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $80

All submitted episodes must be 22 minutes or longer in length.

  • Official Deadline (Shorts) — $60
  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $80
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