SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

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Thank you for your interest in the Blackbird Film Festival. Before submitting a film, please review the following categories and choose the one that is best suited for your film. If you already submitted a film and feel you selected the wrong category, please email info@Blackbirdfilmfest.com and let us know as soon as possible.

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Blackbird VIP PREMIERE:

Host the WORLD PREMIERE of your film (any genre, under 120 minutes) at the Blackbird Film Festival for a chance to win $1000 cash prize as well as VIP treatment for you and your film. All films selected to screen in the PREMIERE category will receive complimentary lodging for filmmakers and a $200 screening award (restrictions apply). 

**Before submitting to this category, be sure to read our premiere requirements HERE.

Micro SHORT:

Accepting films of any genre (narrative, documentary, animation) with a runtime of Five (5) minutes or less. Typically, Blackbird accepts approximately 25 films from this category each season.

Narrative SHORT:

Accepting narrative short films (including animations) with a runtime of Twenty (20) minutes or less. Typically, Blackbird accepts approximately 35 films from this category each season.

Narrative EXTENDED:

Accepting narrative short films (including animations) with a runtime of Forty (40) minutes or less. Typically, Blackbird accepts approximately 5 films from this category each season.

Narrative FEATURE:

Accepting narrative feature films (including animations) with a runtime of One Hundred and Twenty (120) minutes or less. Typically, Blackbird accepts approximately 2 films from this category each season.

**Before submitting a feature film, be sure to read our feature requirements HERE.

Documentary SHORT:

Accepting nonfiction / documentary short films (including animations) with a runtime of Twenty (20) minutes or less. Typically, Blackbird accepts approximately 20 films from this category each season.

Documentary EXTENDED:

Accepting nonfiction / documentary short films (including animations) with a runtime of Forty (40) minutes or less. Typically, Blackbird accepts approximately 5 films from this category each season.

Documentary FEATURE:

Accepting nonfiction / documentary feature films (including animations) with a runtime of One Hundred and Twenty (120) minutes or less. Typically, Blackbird accepts approximately 3 films from this category each season.

**Before submitting a feature film, be sure to read our feature requirements HERE.

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New York State Filmmakers (Password Required):

This category is ONLY available to filmmakers currently living New York State. Please CLICK HERE to apply for the category password. This category only accepts films Forty (40) minutes or less, any genre (including animation, documentaries, music videos, webseries, etc.). NYS Feature films must use the Feature Film categories.

Immersive Media (Virtual / Augmented Reality):

Accepting any Virtual / Augmented Reality projects. Selected projects will be showcased as part of our Immersive Media lounge experience during the festival weekend. Typically, Blackbird accepts approximately 5 projects from this category each season.

Webseries / Episodic:

Accepting all Webseries / Episodic content, any genre/topic (including animations). PLEASE NOTE - Individual episodes must be 10 minutes or less in length. Filmmakers should attach a cover letter to their submission via Filmfreeway identifying the specific episode they are submitting for competition.

Music Video:

Accepting Short Music videos of any genre (including animations) with a runtime of Five (5) minutes or less. Typically, Blackbird accepts approximately 15 films from this category each season.