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FESTIVAL 2021

Call for Submissions Open Jan 1 2021

Notifications AUGUST 15 2021

FESTIVAL OCTOBER 2021 Online AND In Person

Check our IG page for discounts/specials

Tentative Schedule:

OCT 1-31 Online Festival - All selected films are posted and there are virtual filmmaker panels, Q&As, and Filmmaker Interviews

FRI OCT 1

OPENING NIGHT AT HEART OF GOLD BAR BACKYARD, ASTORIA

SAT OCT 2

OPENING DAY EVENTS IN THE BACKLOT AT KAUFMAN ASTORIA STUDIOS

Including Screenings, Panels, and Special Guest Speakers

 

SUN OCT 3

Brunch with our Special Guests

Screenings & Panels IN THE BACKLOT AT KAUFMAN ASTORIA STUDIOS

YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

AWARDS CEREMONIES IN THE BACKLOT AT KAUFMAN ASTORIA STUDIOS

 

RAIN DATE FOR FESTIVAL: FRI OCT 29-SUN OCT 31

SUN OCT 31

HALLOWEEN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL​ AT HOG BAR BACKYARD, ASTORIA

 

AWARDS:

The Zukor Award
(named after Kaufman Astoria Studios' founder, is awarded to a film that brings positive attention to an underrepresented topic or group)
Best Feature Film
Best Drama Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Dance Short
Best Horror Short
Best Quarantine Short
Best Youth Short (ages 14-18)
Best Drama Web Series
Best Comedy Web Series
Best Documentary Web Series
Best Podcast
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Editing
Audience Awards (4)

Honorable Mention (4)

Rules & Terms

Submissions for shorts no longer than 20 mins in length (30 mins for documentaries), 45 mins for podcasts)

*To be sure that your films/web series are accessible to everyone, please include closed captioning.

For Web Series and Podcasts, please submit only ONE episode of the series that you think captures the essence of the series.

Categories:
Drama Short
Comedy Short
Documentary Short
Experimental Short
Dance Short
Youth Short
Drama Web Series
Comedy Web Series
Documentary Web Series
Experimental Web Series
Podcasts
Feature Films (all genres)