What is Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema?

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is a festival designed to support independent Filmmakers , and takes place at the historic Kew Gardens Cinemas in Queens NYC.

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What is Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema?

The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization established to support the development, and help expand the audiences, of independent cinema from around the globe. The Film Festival was founded by three local independent filmmakers with a passion to get movies made, and to have those artistic voices heard. Understanding the struggle in today’s film environment in showcasing independent cinema, their aim is to establish a presence and awareness of cinematic creativity throughout Kew Gardens Queens and the neighboring communities.

In 2017, our first year, 3000 visitors from around the world attended the festival which presented films at the Kew Gardens Cinemas and the Queens Museum. 157 films were showcased from as far as Australia and Japan, along with locally produced films and others from across the USA. Several films acquired agency representation, while two actually received distribution! Naturally we are returning for a second year, where we hope to attract more visitors and help more films find distribution!

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema has quickly become influential in bringing the community together over a 10 day period. Consisting of film screenings and other activities related to the movie business, including encouraging Q&A's and industry panels to broaden the appeal of Independent film and promote audience participation.

As a competitive festival, our program consists of over 100 remarkable short and feature length films from all genres including often overlooked categories such as Documentary, Horror, Comedy, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Animation and Experimental. Each film will then be judged, in their respected categories, by our specially selected panel of industry professionals. Winners in each category receive a statuette, as well as over $15k in sponsored prizes, at our Grand Awards Gala on the final night of the festival.

Taking place exclusively in Kew Gardens Queens in NYC, USA, our venue, THE KEW GARDENS CINEMAS is Queens' only art house theater dedicated solely to playing independent and foreign films. Named one of the top 7 theaters in Queens, the theater was built in the 1930's and it is one of the oldest movie theaters still operating in NYC.

A little known area of NYC, Kew Gardens and its surrounding neighborhoods - Forest Hills, Rego Park, Woodhaven and Glendale - are a major stomping ground for most television shows being shot today in New York. Not only is Kew Gardens known as the neighborhood that raised comedians Rodney Dangerfield and Ray Romano, but just a few minutes away is the recently built Broadway Stages. This area of Queens has now been featured in several blockbuster Hollywood films like The Babysitter, Goodfellas and Spiderman as well as major Network TV shows including- Daredevil, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, The Get Down, Luke Cage and SNL.

We draw not only artists and filmmakers from around NYC but from all over the world. We are giving the residents of Kew Gardens and its neighboring communities Forest Hills, Rego Park and Woodhaven the opportunity to experience Hollywood in their own backyard.

Why should I participate in the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema?

As a festival created by filmmakers, we are doing everything to make sure that Independent Filmmakers get what they deserve out of a film festival

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Why should I participate in the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema?

Heralded by The Wall Street Journal as the film festival event that New York City's avid moviegoers are taking note of, and as featured on The Huffington Post, Time Out NY and NY1 News, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is a non-profit organization established to support the development of and help expand the audiences for independent cinema from around the globe. Our second year festival will take place Aug. 3-12, 2018.

Offering over $15,000 in prizes, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is honored to partner with a variety of local and international sponsors, including SAG-AFTRA, Moviemaker Magazine, Variety 411, Final Draft, IndiePix Films, Soundview Media Partners, The Acting Studio NYC, Seed & Spark, Yelp and Big City Graphics. Audience choice winners, along with winners of Best Feature and Best Short categories will each receive a distribution offer from IndiePix Films. Other awards include an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents; a sales consultation with Soundview Media Partners; a subscription to iPitch.tv; and full writing software provided by Final Draft, along with other sponsored prizes.

Giving incredible exposure to fantastic filmmakers, KGFC Film Fest is quickly becoming the festival to have your film recognized. In 2017, we received 400 submissions, both feature and short length films from around the world, of which 157 were carefully selected. Two feature films received a distribution deal, while two other feature films earned the attention of independent film distributors in Los Angeles, leading to acquisition interest.

Additional promotional opportunities to our filmmakers included an invitation to participate on the KGFC Festival Talks Daily Podcasts. KGFC Film Fest also invites selected filmmakers to participate on their independent filmmakers panels, and works to get as much press coverage for all the films as possible. (our 2017 festival saw over 30 films being featured in numerous media coverage across Queens and NYC!)

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema accepts all lengths and genres, so we encourage filmmakers from around the globe to submit their work for a chance to have it screened at The Kew Gardens Cinema. Built in the 1930's, it is Queens, New Yorks oldest and only operating Art House Movie Theater, and at Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Because our festival takes place in a small town, we offer filmmakers a more intimate experience, allowing them to network with their audience and their peers. We also want our filmmakers to succeed, so every filmmaker that submits their film(s) will automatically be receiving a 1 year subscription to Videomaker.com, a leading subscription service that focuses on guiding independent filmmakers with online tutorials and publications (a $20 value).

You can rest assured that all submitted films are watched in their entirety by our programmers, which we know is a major concern when it comes to choosing which festival to submit to. Along with our daily screenings, we plan on hosting intimate panel conversations with independent filmmakers, producers, distributors and sales agents. Something many festivals often overlook. You can expect red carpet premieres and familiar faces. The Festival staff will be hard at work promoting every film that gets accepted, to ensure that audiences attend your screening.

Finally, we want this to be an amazing experience for everyone that attends - so expect to have activities such as Karaoke, Movie Trivia Night, Stand-up Comedy Night, Outdoor Screenings and After Parties hosted by our wonderful sponsors!

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Click here to learn about the contest rules, prizes and how to submit

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema invites Queens residents of all ages to submit their Poster and Logo designs!

For the second year, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is getting the borough involved by hosting another poster competition! Anyone who resides in any neighborhood in Queens is eligible to design a festival poster any way they see fit. Your designs must include ‘Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema’ or its acronym – ‘KGFC Film Fest’ prominently displayed. There are no other rules or restrictions, so be creative, innovative and imaginative! The winning POSTER design will be unveiled as the official festival poster, prominently displayed on signage, and used as the cover of the official festival program guide (over 5,000 prints). Additionally, the design will be featured on festival apparel and merchandise to be sold and distributed throughout the 10 day event.

To enter the contest:
There is no fee to enter. Limit 2 entries per person, per email address. The contest begins at 12:01am EDT on March 1, 2018 and ends at 11:59pm EDT on May 1, 2018. All entries must be received by May 1, 2018 11:59pm EDT. Winner will be notified by email, and announced on our website and social media no later than June 11, 2018. In order for your entry to be submitted and reviewed by our organizers, entrants must:

 1. Email their POSTER DESIGN directly to KGFCPOSTERCONTEST@GMAIL.COM
 2. Submit in one of the following formats: .jpg, .png, .psd or .ai
 3. Submit as a high resolution with 300 dpi or higher.
 4. There are no age restrictions. However, parents and/or legal guardians will have to sign waivers for children under 18 years of age if their child's submission 
    is chosen as a winning design.

**Poster Designs must be at a vertical [27:40] aspect ratio

Contest Details
Winners will be selected by Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, Inc. Contestants agree that Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, Inc. may publish their design and name(s) and may use both for advertising campaigns and/or marketing materials in the future. Contestants assign all ownership rights, including all intellectual property rights to the poster, to Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, Inc. Additionally, Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, Inc. may alter, modify or revise the poster as it sees necessary to achieve the goals of the event. Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, Inc. reserves the right to not select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.
Prize
Winner will receive a beautifully framed 40” x 27” one sheet poster featuring their design, a KGFC Ticket package that includes Four (4) General Admission tickets as well as Two (2) tickets to the Kew Gardens Awards Dinner Gala at Terrace on the Park. In addition, winner will receive a Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema prize package containing over $100 in selected festival merchandise. Final Prize may vary and will be distributed no later than September 1, 2018.

Email any inquiries to info@kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com.

GOOD LUCK!

Thank you to the Community of Kew Gardens and the 3000 Attendees that came out, for making our inaugural year such a success!

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema 2017 Promo Video

The first and only film festival of its kind held in Kew Gardens, NYC, The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema was founded by three local independent filmmakers with a passion to get movies made. Wanting to expand the reach of artists’ work and recognizing the challenge of the visibility of independent film, their aim is to establish a presence in and spread awareness of cinematic creativity throughout Kew Gardens, Queens and the neighboring communities. 

KGFC Festival Talks Podcast

Our daily podcast featuring filmmakers whose films were shown at Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

KGFC Film Fest 2018 Sponsors

Get the full details of the Advertising & Pricing Guide

The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema expects to attract over 3500 visitors over its 10 day run. Audience members will consists of a unique and diverse group of filmmakers from around the world, with visitors including media representatives, film distributors and other major industry professionals. This presents a terrific opportunity to advertise to this targeted audience.

Get the full details of the Sponsorship package here

KGFC offers varying levels of corporate sponsorship opportunities relating to each of these sections and tailored to individual corporate imperatives. For each sponsor, KGFC will develop a unique package to ensure maximum, cost-effective exposure. This is achieved through brand awareness and visibility, cross-promotional marketing, merchandising, and access to high profile events, thus creating a memorable event and lasting impression for the audience and sponsors alike.

Meet the Crew

Learn more about the people who shaped this festival

Jayson Simba
Founder & Executive Director

As the founder of the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema and a native of Glendale Queens, Jayson studied acting at The Acting Studio NYC and began making his own movies since 2000. With over 40 credits on IMDB.com and having written, directed and produced 12 films, his passion makes him the perfect candidate to launch a major film festival.

As the founder of the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema and a native of Glendale Queens, Jayson studied acting at The Acting Studio NYC and began making his own movies since 2000. With over 40 credits on IMDB.com and having written, directed and produced 12 films, his passion makes him the perfect candidate to launch a major film festival.

As the founder of the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema and a native of Glendale Queens, Jayson studied acting at The Acting Studio NYC and began making his own movies since 2000. With over 40 credits on IMDB.com and having written, directed and produced 12 films, his passion makes him the perfect candidate to launch a major film festival.

Caroline Lim
Operations Manager

Another Queens native, Caroline Lim was raised in Oakland Gardens, NY and studied biochemistry and mathematics at Binghamton University. Caroline is no stranger to number-crunching, having spent 13 years as an actuary, where she analyzed risk for financial investments and insurance policies. Besides running a baking company that serves Queens locals, she is an event organizer who promotes positive community and economic growth throughout New York City neighborhoods.

Another Queens native, Caroline Lim was raised in Oakland Gardens, NY and studied biochemistry and mathematics at Binghamton University. Caroline is no stranger to number-crunching, having spent 13 years as an actuary, where she analyzed risk for financial investments and insurance policies. Besides running a baking company that serves Queens locals, she is an event organizer who promotes positive community and economic growth throughout New York City neighborhoods.

Another Queens native, Caroline Lim was raised in Oakland Gardens, NY and studied biochemistry and mathematics at Binghamton University. Caroline is no stranger to number-crunching, having spent 13 years as an actuary, where she analyzed risk for financial investments and insurance policies. Besides running a baking company that serves Queens locals, she is an event organizer who promotes positive community and economic growth throughout New York City neighborhoods.

John Fallon
Technical Director

After over seventeen years of editing films, commercials and television shows, John founded the Indie Film NYC Podcast to help other filmmakers navigate a career as artists in an increasingly digital world. John sees the Kew Garden Festival of Cinema as a logical extension of the work he’s doing with IFNYC because this festival will give filmmakers a place to showcase their films, network with their peers, and learn from other filmmakers.

After over seventeen years of editing films, commercials and television shows, John founded the Indie Film NYC Podcast to help other filmmakers navigate a career as artists in an increasingly digital world. John sees the Kew Garden Festival of Cinema as a logical extension of the work he’s doing with IFNYC because this festival will give filmmakers a place to showcase their films, network with their peers, and learn from other filmmakers.

After over seventeen years of editing films, commercials and television shows, John founded the Indie Film NYC Podcast to help other filmmakers navigate a career as artists in an increasingly digital world. John sees the Kew Garden Festival of Cinema as a logical extension of the work he’s doing with IFNYC because this festival will give filmmakers a place to showcase their films, network with their peers, and learn from other filmmakers.

Bob Giovanelli
Programming Team

First working at the Hamptons International Film Festival as a volunteers coordinator, he later became a venues manager, a Q&A coordinator, and film screener for the programming team. (where he was the first to champion an unknown film entitled “OPEN WATER”, ahead of its purchase by Lions Gate at Sundance). Bob became a volunteer worker at Sundance in 1998, holding numerous positions including crowd liaison, assistant manager, and finally a Theater Manager at the world-famous Egyptian Theater in Park City, for a consecutive 20 years. In 2015 he helped screen narrative features.

Other festivals Bob has worked include the Gen Art Film Festival , Telluride, Sarasota, Provincetown, Nantucket, Shorts Int’l (NYC), NYC’s first Drone Film Festival, the New Yorker Festival, and the New York Film Festival, holding positions such as film screener, print traffic manager and venue manager.

First working at the Hamptons International Film Festival as a volunteers coordinator, he later became a venues manager, a Q&A coordinator, and film screener for the programming team. (where he was the first to champion an unknown film entitled “OPEN WATER”, ahead of its purchase by Lions Gate at Sundance). Bob became a volunteer worker at Sundance in 1998, holding numerous positions including crowd liaison, assistant manager, and finally a Theater Manager at the world-famous Egyptian Theater in Park City, for a consecutive 20 years. In 2015 he helped screen narrative features.

Other festivals Bob has worked include the Gen Art Film Festival , Telluride, Sarasota, Provincetown, Nantucket, Shorts Int’l (NYC), NYC’s first Drone Film Festival, the New Yorker Festival, and the New York Film Festival, holding positions such as film screener, print traffic manager and venue manager.

First working at the Hamptons International Film Festival as a volunteers coordinator, he later became a venues manager, a Q&A coordinator, and film screener for the programming team. (where he was the first to champion an unknown film entitled “OPEN WATER”, ahead of its purchase by Lions Gate at Sundance). Bob became a volunteer worker at Sundance in 1998, holding numerous positions including crowd liaison, assistant manager, and finally a Theater Manager at the world-famous Egyptian Theater in Park City, for a consecutive 20 years. In 2015 he helped screen narrative features.

Other festivals Bob has worked include the Gen Art Film Festival , Telluride, Sarasota, Provincetown, Nantucket, Shorts Int’l (NYC), NYC’s first Drone Film Festival, the New Yorker Festival, and the New York Film Festival, holding positions such as film screener, print traffic manager and venue manager.

Brian Geldin
Publicist

Brian Geldin is a Queens-based film publicist and is extremely proud to be repping the inaugural KGFC! He has created successful publicity campaigns for fiction and nonfiction films, most recently for Del Shores’ hit comedy “A Very Sordid Wedding,” Adam Irving’s documentary “Off the Rails,” and many others. In 2015, he worked as the Communications Manager for the Emmy-winning PBS series POV.

Brian Geldin is a Queens-based film publicist and is extremely proud to be repping the inaugural KGFC! He has created successful publicity campaigns for fiction and nonfiction films, most recently for Del Shores’ hit comedy “A Very Sordid Wedding,” Adam Irving’s documentary “Off the Rails,” and many others. In 2015, he worked as the Communications Manager for the Emmy-winning PBS series POV.

Brian Geldin is a Queens-based film publicist and is extremely proud to be repping the inaugural KGFC! He has created successful publicity campaigns for fiction and nonfiction films, most recently for Del Shores’ hit comedy “A Very Sordid Wedding,” Adam Irving’s documentary “Off the Rails,” and many others. In 2015, he worked as the Communications Manager for the Emmy-winning PBS series POV.

Fern Kershon
Sponsor & Advertising Director

Fern Kershon is the principal of Call Back, a media company with a dual focus: marketing and advertising as well as film and theater production.
An experienced media strategist specializing in start-ups and emerging businesses, Fern has a proven track record of launching and supporting successful initiatives. Fern executive produced PHOTO OP, a short film by writer/director Dave Solomon. Starring Randy Harrison, Aaron Lazar and featuring Tony-award nominee, Lucas Steele.

Fern Kershon is the principal of Call Back, a media company with a dual focus: marketing and advertising as well as film and theater production.
An experienced media strategist specializing in start-ups and emerging businesses, Fern has a proven track record of launching and supporting successful initiatives. Fern executive produced PHOTO OP, a short film by writer/director Dave Solomon. Starring Randy Harrison, Aaron Lazar and featuring Tony-award nominee, Lucas Steele.

Fern Kershon is the principal of Call Back, a media company with a dual focus: marketing and advertising as well as film and theater production.
An experienced media strategist specializing in start-ups and emerging businesses, Fern has a proven track record of launching and supporting successful initiatives. Fern executive produced PHOTO OP, a short film by writer/director Dave Solomon. Starring Randy Harrison, Aaron Lazar and featuring Tony-award nominee, Lucas Steele.

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Meet the 2018 Jury

Stay tuned for more 2018 Juror Announcements!

Doug LeClaire
Doug LeClaire is an award winning Line Producer of national television commercials and major cable network promos. He has produced advertising and promotional television campaigns for Lifetime TV Networks; WE tv; Comedy Central; MTV; Spike, Oxygen as well as the NBC and ABC TV Networks.

Doug was the Unit Production Supervisor on a series of national spots created by the City of New York soon after September 11, 2001 when Mayor Giuliani recruited legendary director Joe Pytka to shoot special public service announcements emphasizing how New York City was “back in business” post 9/11. The PSA’s featured Kevin Bacon, Ben Stiller, Henry Kissinger, Al Roker, Harrison Ford, Vanessa Williams and Woody Allen.

Since 2006 Doug LeClaire has line produced two independent feature films: “Greetings from the Shore,” directed by Greg Chwerchak. The film features stars Kim Shaw, Paul Sorvino and Jay O. Sanders. Also: “Broadway’s Finest,” winner of over 7 national film festival awards, directed by Stephen Marro. Over the past couple of years Doug served as the Line Producer on a series of concert background videos for Roger Waters through Breathe Productions and the Te A Me promo sensation: “Drink the Tea Donald Trump” for the FishEye Creative ad agency from India.

In 1981 Doug founded Asbury Shorts USA, now New York City’s longest running short film exhibition and touring show. Asbury Short’s mission is to keep award-winning short films in theaters as opposed to You Tube, computers or smart phones. Asbury Shorts has presented their short film “concerts” in historic venues from Los Angeles to Berlin. Doug directed two award-winning shorts in the 1980’s: “The Problem,” and “Surprise,” which played 10 times on HBO.
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Anna Garduno
Anna Garduno is the Executive Producer of the Netflix TV series "Sacred Games” based on the novel of the same name written by Vikram Chandra, currently in production. Ms. Garduno was the President/Partner of Darkwoods Productions with writer / director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead). She worked as a Producer on "The Majestic" starring Jim Carey and "The Mist" starring Marcia Gay Harden. She assisted Mr. Darabont on "The Green Mile" starring Tom Hanks and the development of the original pilot for The Walking Dead TV Series.
Anna is currently developing the untitled TOKYO ROSE project written by Tony/Oscar winner Christopher Hampton. Ms. Garduno produced the Off- Broadway production of EPITAPH FOR GEORGE DILLON by John Osborne & Anthony Creighton, directed by Larry Moss.
Anna is a prolific voice over artist and has been nominated for a Best Character Performance Award for the in role of Kiera for video game, "Jak & Daxter" 1 & 2 by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Anna is also is the voice of Palmon in the "Digimon" film & series. She continues to be the voice of Selby the polar bear in the animated series "Kioka”. As an actress she has worked on many film and television shows through her career as well as her involvement with the NY Theater scene.
Anna continues to work as one of the country’s best voice over teachers. She was voted the best voice over teacher in both NY and LA. While she splits her time between the two coasts, Anna makes NYC her home.
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Michael Sládek
Filmmaker and theater director Michael Sládek's feature-length films include Con Artist (New Yorker Films, The Orchard), BAM150 (Cinema Guild), and Devils Are Dreaming (Dances With Films Jury Award). A 2013 Acker Award recipient, he recently completed the narrative short All Against the Sea (Woodstock Film Festival) while developing new works through his Brooklyn-based company Plug Ugly Films. His animated music video We Live On Your Street won Slamdance Jury & Anarchy awards and was distributed by Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation. Sládek has made multiple shorts, music videos, branded content videos, and industrials for various clients including BAM, Maxim, Interview, Arista Records, etc. His most recent theater piece was Richard Dresser's Below the Belt at Westbeth Arts NYC. Currently serving as the New York Consultant for SAGindie, Sládek worked for Tribeca Film Festival, MTV News, The Clinton Foundation, author Jamaica Kincaid, ad agency Jacobs & Gerber, and as manager/marketing designer for the punk bands Stupid and The Sobs. A member of SAG-AFTRA, he acted professionally in theater and film after studying acting and directing at UCLA and Orange Coast College. He was a member of Orange Coast Repertory and trained with the experimental company Kadmus Theater Studio in LA and Vermont. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Sládek finished high school in Newport Beach, California.
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Ramfis Myrthil
Ramfis Myrthil is a New York-based filmmaker, founding partner and co-President of Beast of the East Productions (BOTEP), and produced the Mary Pickford biopic “Why Not Choose Love: A Mary Pickford Manifesto.”
Through BOTEP he produced “Bridge and Tunnel,” earning 12 awards and 30+ nominations across 40+ festivals, and a limited theatrical run before being picked up by Amazon.
Most recently, Ramfis attended The 2018 Sundance Film Festival with “A Boy, A Girl, and A Dream,” which placed among the top 18 films for the entire festival.
His previous film, “Good Business,” featured Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl, winning two Best Comedy awards before being picked up by Shorts International.
Ramfis’ proudest achievements are producing The Zombie’s first-ever music video “Any Other Way,” and premiering “Love and The Small Print,” at Cannes, where Shorts International pick it up for worldwide distribution.
In 2013, Ramfis produced the Hurricane Sandy documentary “Powerless,” as part of a campaign for hurricane relief in Long Beach NY. The city awarded it a special Proclamation.
Ramfis is an active member of BAFTA NY, The Friars Club, The Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS), Toastmasters International, and the advisory board of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation.
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Now Accepting Submissions!

Last chance to submit! Extended final deadline is April 18th!

$75
Short Films & Web-Series
Non-Fictional or Fictional Short films of ALL GERNES accepted including Animation and Experimental. Must have a running time under 40 minutes in length. Web Series can be One or More episodes no longer than 40 minutes in length.
  • Short Narrative
  • Short Documentary
  • Animation / Experimental
  • Web-Series
$85
Feature Length Films
Non-Fictional or Fictional feature films of ALL GERNES from around the world accepted, including Animation and Experimental. Films that are over 40 minutes may submit under this category.
  • Feature Narrative
  • Feature Documentary
  • Feature Experimental / Animation
$70
Music Videos
Music Videos must not exceed 10 minutes. To qualify as a music video, your film must be musically driven with little to no dialog and must be associated with an existing band or musician.

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General Festival Rules

Entry Rules and Regulations Entry Rules and Regulations
1. Objectives: Our Mission is to celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival to support the development and expand the audience reach of independent cinema from around the globe

2. Dates: Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema will take place from August 3, 2018 to August 12, 2018

3.     Programs: Films will be considered for inclusion in the following programmatic categories
Documentary FeatureNarrative Feature Narrative Short (40 min or under)Documentary Short (40 min or under)Animation & Experimental FeatureAnimation & Experimental ShortWeb-SeriesMusic Video

4. Competitions:
Audience Award
Audience Award for Best Narrative FeatureAudience Award for Best Short
Jury Prizes
Best Narrative Feature CompetitionBest Narrative Short Competition Best Documentary Feature CompetitionBest Documentary Short CompetitionBest Animated/Experimental/Music video CompetitionMust See Web-SeriesBest Director CompetitionBest Actor/Actress CompetitionBest Supporting Actor/Actress CompetitionBest Editing CompetitionBest Sound CompetitionBest Screenplay CompetitionBest Cinematography CompetitionBest Make-up & FX Competition

5. Submission Guidelines
A. Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), FilmFreeway Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film. The Festival will not consider trailers or rough edits for selection purposes.

B. Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:
i. be available to screen by August 3, 2018. Filmmakers must provide the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in acceptable HD digital formats (MUST be professionally authored). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening location, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.
ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to August 3, 2018.
iii. be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.
iv. have completed production between 2015-2018.
v. films previously submitted to the Festival and not programmed will only be considered for the 2018 Festival if they meet all the other eligibility requirements as outlined here, and only if it has changed significantly from the previous version submitted.
vi. Entries must be received at our New York office address (NOT postmarked), by June 3rd, 2018.

C. Deadlines: Early submission is strongly encouraged with reduced entry fees until December 6, 2017. Final submission deadline is April 18, 2018. The Festival is not obliged to view late entries.

D. Entry Fee Schedule: All entry fees must accompany your submission for consideration in the Festival.
FEATURE FILMS (40 minutes and above, fiction or non-fiction)
Early Deadline for all Entries From November 1, 2017 – December 6, 2017
$40.00
Regular Deadline for all Entries From December 7, 2017 – January 31, 2018
$55.00
Late Deadline for all Entries From February 1, 2018 – March 14, 2018
$70.00
Final Deadline for all Entries By April 18, 2018
$85

SHORT FILMS and WEB-SERIES (40 minutes or less)
Early Deadline for all Entries From November 1, 2017 – December 6, 2017
$30.00
Regular Deadline for all Entries From December 7, 2017 – January 31, 2018
$45.00
Late Deadline for all Entries From February 1, 2018 – March 14, 2018
$60.00
Final Deadline for all Entries By April 18, 2018
$75

MUSIC VIDEOS (10 minutes or less)
Early Deadline for all Entries From November 1, 2017 – December 6, 2017
$25.00

Regular Deadline for all Entries From December 7, 2017 – January 31, 2018
$40.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From February 1, 2018 – March 14, 2018
$55.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By April 18, 2018
$70

STUDENT FEATURE FILMS (with photocopy of current student ID)
Early Deadline for all Entries From November 1, 2017 – December 6, 2017
$35.00
Regular Deadline for all Entries From December 7, 2017 – January 31, 2018
$50.00
Late Deadline for all Entries From February 1, 2018 – March 14, 2018
$65.00
Final Deadline for all Entries By April 18, 2018
$80.00

STUDENT SHORT FILMS (with photocopy of current student ID)
Early Deadline for all Entries From November 1, 2017 – December 6, 2017
$25.00
Regular Deadline for all Entries From December 7, 2017 – January 31, 2018
$40.00
Late Deadline for all Entries From February 1, 2018 – March 14, 2018
$55.00
Final Deadline for all Entries By April 18, 2018
$70.00

E. Submission Materials:
Mail all submissions to:Kew Gardens Festival of CinemaATTN: Submissions60 1 avenue 12CNew York, NY 10009
Send a printed copy of your completed Entry Form.
ii. A clearly marked DVD (NTSC) or Blu Ray Region (0 or 1) of your completed film, labeled with title, tracking number, running time and screening format. We also accept FilmFreeway online screeners and Vimeo links, but we require ALL submissions to be registered with one of our submission platforms. We cannot return submitted copies of films.
iii. Applicable entry fee submitted

F. Electronic Press Kits only. Hard copy materials submitted with the films will be discarded.

G. Selections: Films will be selected and entrants will be notified on or approximately by May 1, 2018.

H. Requirements for Selected Films:Once an entry has been reviewed and selected for the festival, a preliminary notification letter will be issued by email. All selected applicants will be notified by May 15, 2018. Upon notification, the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

I. Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday August 12, 2018. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of 30 days upon conclusion of the Festival.
Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

J. Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

K Print Liability: The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive(s).

L. Print Shipping:
Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
Prints must be clearly marked with the film’s title and the sender’s return address exactly as listed below.
Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
ATTN: Projection
90-60 union tpke 8A
Glendale, NY 11385

Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 10 days after the close of the Festival unless pre-arranged with the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinemal prior to August 1, 2018.

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema does not cover any shipping and handling costs. Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.
Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.
Filmmakers must cover all shipping and handling cost associated with any award statuettes they may have won, unclaimed, at the closing night awards gala.
Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema will not be held responsible for any damage to all materials shipped.
For more information please refer to the Festival website at www.kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com or contact the Programmer at:
Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema60 1 ave 12CNew York, NY 10009Phone: (929) 278-5432Fax (718) 849-3457info@kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com

Festival Terms & Conditions

TERMS & CONDITIONSTERMS & CONDITIONS
I agree to the following terms and conditions;
– Submission Guidelines –
– Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), FilmFreeway Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film.
– Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:
i. be available to screen by August 3, 2018. Filmmakers must provide the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP or other acceptable HD digital formats (MUST be professionally authored) at the Festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening location, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.
ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to August 3, 2018.
iii. be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.
iv. have completed production between 2015-2018.

 

– Requirements for Selected Films -Upon notification, the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with any additional promotional and marketing items needed.
– in order to qualify for any awards, filmmakers must provide a physical dvd or blu-ray copy of their completed film
Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday, August 12, 2018. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of 30 days upon conclusion of the Festival unless otherwise arranged for pickup.
Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Guide, website, ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.
Print Liability: The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the drive(s).
Print Shipping:Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema does not cover any shipping and handling costs. Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema.
Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 10 days after the close of the Festival unless pre-arranged with the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema prior to August 1, 2018.
Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $50 for drives.
Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.
Submission Perks: i. All submitting filmmakers will receive a one-year Videomaker digital subscription approximately 30 days after final submission deadline.
ii. Filmmakers will have the opportunity to purchase t a discounted festival produced DCP of their film after August 13, 2018. Filmmaker will be responsible for all charges including shipping & handling rates and must allow 2-4 weeks for shipping.
iii. All submitting filmmakers whose films were not selected have the opportunity to order a festival made DCP of their submitted film, at a discounted rate, from September 1 2018 to October 1 2018. Orders must be placed within that time period. There are a limited amount of orders that can be placed, and DCP’s are created on a first come, first serve basis. Filmmaker will be responsible for all charges including shipping & handling rates and must allow 2-4 weeks for shipping.

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