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NewFilmmakers is New York’s longest running and most popular screening series.
The NewFilmmakers Screening Series selects films and videos often overlooked by traditional film festivals. NewFilmmakers NY screens every week and sometimes more at Anthology Film Archives and usually has its Documentary Series at 6:00, Short Film Program at 7:00, and Feature Presentations at 8:00. The NewFilmmakers Series began in 1998 and over the past eighteen teen years has screened over 800 feature and 2,500 short films. In 2000 we brought the Havana Film Festival to New York and 2002 we started NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. Many well-known shorts and features including Blair Witch and Too Much Sleep have had their initial screenings at NewFilmmakers.
NewFilmmakers screens weekly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.
NewFilmmakers LA now screens monthly at the AT&T Center in Hollywood. Recently we began NewFilmmakersOnline, which gives filmmakers the opportunity to exhibit and distribute their films directly to the public. NewFilmmakers also programs the Soho House Screening Series in New York & Los Angeles. NewFilmmakers is sponsored by Barney Oldfield Management, Angelika Entertainment, Prophet Pictures, SXM, and H2O Distribution. NewFilmmakers has large audiences for most of our screenings and we have the most popular festival website in New York City (see the sidebar Alexa rating).
NewFilmmakers New York (also AltFest & YoungFilmmakers) are hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt and or screen capture from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless NewFilmmakers New York from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. By submitting your film to NewFilmmakers NY you commit to a public screening of your film with NewFilmmakers NY.
NewFilmmakers New York does not pay screening fees.
NewFilmmakers New York is not liable for the return of film, hard drives, and other devices which have been submitted for screening or adjudication. DCPs are available for pickup the night of the screening. If return shipping has not been provided by the filmmaker NewFilmmakers New York and Anthology Film Archives are not responsible for this arrangement.
NewFilmmakers reserves the right to cancel or change screening dates without prior contact.
By submitting to Newfilmmakers New York, AltFest, and YoungFilmmakers you understand that multiple submissions to multiple sections will not increase your odds of being accepted. All submission fees to the festival and its sections are nonrefundable.
By being accepted into the NewFilmmakers New York program you agree to send a digital screener (DCP / Quicktime .h264) within the deadline stipulated upon acceptance or forfeit your screening date. NewFilmmakers is not responsible for rescheduling films which have been pulled from consideration by the submitting party or have not complied with our digital screener requirement.
Files that do not meet these requirements will be conformed and transcoded for projection. A tutorial can be found HERE
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NO Physical screeners (Blu-ray / DVD) will be accepted for projection
We recommend filmmakers make a backup available on the night of their screening.
Feature films delivered on DCP must include one copy on CRU drive and a non-DCP backup. All DCPs must be DCI compliant with drives formatted with EXT 2 or 3 file systems (single partition, master boot record). All DCPs must be unencrypted. H264 file backup copies must be provided within the deadline stated on the acceptance email. For 35mm film prints, we screen 24fps in aspect ratios of 1.37, 1.66, 1.85, or 2.39. We accept sound formats of mono, stereo and Dolby 5.1. Please note that these specifications are subject to change at any time. If your film is accepted into the Festival, we will provide you with the most up-to-date exhibition specs and deadlines for delivery of your master at that time.
Bill Woods is NewFilmmakers nightly host.
Brandon Ruckdashel is NewFilmmakers Marketing and Program Director. He is also a jury member of Asian American International Film Festival.