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 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.

Our first year brought 3000 visitors from around the world to Kew Gardens and the Queens Museum. 157 films were presented from as far as Australia and Japan along with locally produced films, and others from across the USA. 3 films acquired agency representation, while one actually received distribution! Naturally we are returning for a second year where we hope to bring attract more visitors and get more films distributed!

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema has become influential in bringing the community together over a 10 day period consisting of film screenings and other activities related to the movie business. With encouraging Q&A's and industry panels we expect to broaden the appeal of Independent film and promote audience participation.
As a competitive festival, our program will consist 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 will receive a statuette at our Grand Awards Gala on the final night of the festival.
Our Festival will be 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?

Already being hailed by The Wall Street Journal as New York City's next major film event, and as mentioned on The Huffington Post, 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 incredible exposure to fantastic filmmakers, KGFC Film Fest is quickly becoming the festival to have your film recognized. Our first year received 400 submissions, both feature and short length films from around the world, of which 157 were carefully selected. Two feature films acquired a sales agent (and are on the fast track to a distribution deal), while two more feature films earned the attention of an independent film distributor in Los Angeles leading to acquisition interest.

KGFC promises to offer as many promotional opportunities to our filmmakers by allowing them 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). In addition, this years selections will all be converted to DCP for optimal quality, offering filmmakers the opportunity to purchase their DCP at an incredibly discounted rate.

As a competitive festival, award winning films will not only walk away with beautiful statuettes, but with various sponsor prizes including sales consultations and opt-in distribution offers.

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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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 2017 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
Program Director 2017

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.

Sirajus Salehin
Technical Coordinator

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.

Sirajus is a Queens based filmmaker. Although, a large portion of his works were focused on film editing, but his wide range of skills has led him to many different opportunities. Being a part of the team, Sirajus hopes to bring growth to the festival with his knowledge and expertise.

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Meet the 2017 Jury

Stay tuned for the 2018 Judge Announcements!

Rodney Ferrer
Rodney is the Director, Writer and Creator of CITY OF MERCY. He was raised in Brooklyn, NY the son of a Puerto-Rican blue collar family from Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Influenced by John Cassavetes, Stanley Kubrick, Werner Herzog, John Sales and Martin Scorsese, Rodney began working as a filmmaker leading to the creation of Sidewalk Prophecy Films in New York. As a Director and Writer, Rodney’s vision of the world around him led to the creation of many socially conscious projects he is credited for, such as: “NATION” “Dance On Gravesend” “CITY OF MERCY” and the feature film “FUGAZI”, now in pre-production. To mention a few.

In addition, Rodney has also worked as a Photojournalist for SHOOT 4 CHANGE, a non-profit social photography organization that sent him on assignment to Costa Rica, covering stories about remote communities and villages coping with gentrification and westernization. He is currently in production directing his first Sci-Fi film, “Flight Of Columbus”, due for a fall release
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Sam Adelman
Sam Adelman, Forest Hills resident, has worked in the editing room for over 50 feature films, including Donnie Brasco, Easy Money, Desperately Seeking Susan, Changing Lanes, The Juror, and The Legend of Bagger Vance, and for such directors as Sidney Lumet, Bob Fosse, Nora Ephron, Robert Redford, and Susan Seidelman. He was also the Producer of the award winning independent films Screen Door Jesus, Beautiful People, and That Daughters Crazy, which starred Richard Pryor’s daughter Rain. He is currently writing an autobiography entitled Getting Out of Show Business.
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Nicole Tsien
Nicole is the Associate Producer at POV and assists in managing film submissions, maintaining relations with PBS station contacts, collecting deliverables, and contributing to the curation of the series. She started in 2012 as an intern at POV’s Community Engagement and Education Department, and afterwards worked as an administrative assistant, organizing special events, including the MoMA Selects: POV retrospective as part of Documentary Fortnight 2013. She has experience assisting New York-based documentary filmmakers in various stages of production and has participated on panels and juries worldwide, including Austin Film Festival, DocBarcelona, IDFA, and RiverRun International Film Festival.
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Tassos Rigopoulus
Tassos Rigopoulos is a Forest Hills-based filmmaker and teacher who was born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in Patras, Greece. He studied law at the University of Athens and filmmaking at the Lycurgus Stavrakos Film and Television School. While in Greece, he also worked on several productions, including feature films by Stavros Tornes and Dimos Avdeliodis. With the financial support of the Hellenic State Scholarship Foundation, he joined the Master of Fine Arts program in film and video production at the University of Texas at Austin. His student fiction short The Significant Other was a national finalist at the 1995 Student Academy Awards. His thesis film Texas and the Death Penalty won Best Documentary at the 1997 Student Television Academy Awards; the Dory Schary Award for Best Documentary, sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League; the Eastman Kodak Production Grant; and a Certificate of Merit from the American Bar Association’s Gavel Awards Program, among others.

Tassos is currently an Assistant Professor in the Media Arts and Technology Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, teaching courses in video production, editing, screenwriting and media studies. He also taught documentary and fiction filmmaking at the New York Film Academy for over 10 years.
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Now Accepting Submissions!

Submit today! Prices go up January 31st!

$45
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
$55
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
$40
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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