Are you an aspiring filmmaker NBCUniversal is looking for YOU!

NBCUniversal Short Film Festival is back and one of the biggest companies in the TV and film industry are looking for the next breakout filmmaker. NBCUniversal is looking for up and coming directors, writers, and actors, introducing them to top industry leaders while awarding prizes ranging from camera packages, monetary grants to development meetins and talent deals.

Submissions open on March 1st. For more details:

About NBCUniversal Short Film Festival:

The annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is the industry’s premiere diversity short film festival; a nationwide search for talent both in front of & behind the camera, focused on discovering the next generation of storytellers. This bicoastal festival hosts a series of events, including acclaimed filmmaker workshops, semi-finalist screenings in NYC and a red carpet awards finale at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.  For over a decade, we have celebrated up & coming directors, writers, producers and actors, introducing them to top industry tastemakers while awarding prizes ranging from camera packages and monetary grants to development meetings and holding deals. #StorytellersWanted

About the NBC Short Film Festival

• The 2017 submission window opens March 1st and closes May 15th.

• The producer, writer, and director must be over 18 years of age and a legal resident of the US, able and ready for employment.

• The writer, director, cast, or theme of the short must be diverse, either: ethnically, culturally, or of a diverse voice or community. Examples of diverse and inclusive backgrounds, including female writers & directors, the LGBTQ community, and artists who are differently-abled.

• Short films must qualify under one of the following narrative genres: Comedy, or Drama. We strongly encourage Comedic Pilot Presentations and stand-alone Web Series episodes. Any Documentaries, Animations or Music Videos are not eligible.

• Projects must be 2-22 minutes in length. All others are not eligible.

• Submitted works must have been completed no more than 2 years prior the submission date (no earlier than February, 2015). Any film completed over 2 years prior is not eligible.

• Submitting parties must hold complete ownership and rights of submitted product.

• Submitting parties must be able to grant screening rights and online streaming rights.

• Only original works are accepted. Submissions are disqualified if based, in whole or in part, on pre-existing material, fictional or nonfiction, produced or un-produced, published or unpublished, unless such material was originally created and published/produced by the applicant, in another medium.

• This is a non-exclusive festival, meaning there is no conflict for your projects to have screened or to screen in future at other festivals.

• Films with prior commercial distribution or broadcast within the US are NOT eligible to submit. In the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings, the committee reserves the right to waive this rule.

• In August, the festival semi-finals events and screening will take place in New York City. The entire team will be invited to attend. NBC Entertainment will award one (1) airfare & accommodation to either the director or writer. All other team members are invited but are responsible for their own travel and accommodations should they choose to attend.

• If selected to screen in the New York semi-finals in August, semi-finalists must provide their shorts in one of the following formats: DCP, HDCam (regular not SR) or QuickTime Pro Res 422.

• No revisions or updated versions will be accepted after the initial submission.

• An applicant may submit multiple separate entries.

• There is NO FEE for submitting a film to this festival.

• The 2017 submission window opens March 1st and closes May 15th.

• FilmFreeway profiles will be noted with a confirmation of receipt within one week of arrival.

• The submitter of each film will be contacted & notified directly if selected as a semi-finalist & finalist. The submitter will have sole responsibility to contact & notify the writer, director, cast, producing parties, joint rights holders, etc.

• In October, the finalist screening will be held in Los Angeles. The entire team will be invited to attend. NBC Entertainment will award one (1) airfare & accommodation to either the director or writer. All other team members are invited but are responsible for their own travel and accommodations should they choose to attend.

• In the event your project is selected as a finalist, you may be asked to provide current additional items, such as: trailer, high res poster artwork, still images from the film, revised synopses, short bios of writer, director and lead cast member and possibly social media handles & hashtags.

• NBC Entertainment Short Film Festival reserves all right to cancel events & showcase screenings at its own discretion.

Awards information:

Prize Packages are growing as we speak but will not be announced until the night of awards.
Here are last year’s prize packages

1. $1,000 Wardrobe Budget to Bloomingdales
2. Premiere Headshot Package with SeanPaul San Pedro
3.Unlimitted coaching and training at the Performance Studios of their choice
4. NBC Talent Holding Deal

HARNESS Social Impact Award Sponsored by NBC’s Social Responsibility Division
1. $10,000 Cash Grant

1. Two tix to The WGA Awards (East Coast)
2. Final Round Placement into NBC Entertainment’s Writers on the Verge Program or Universal Global Talent & Development’s Emerging Writers Program
3. Professional Script Consultation Services and Pitch Prep
4. Development Meeting with Universal Pictures & Focus Features
5. $10,000 Cash Grant

1. Development Meeting with Universal Pictures
2. Final Round Placement into NBC Entertainment’s Emerging Director Program
3. Post Production Services Package from NBCU Studio Operations including lighting, grip, sound mixing, costumes and backlot access
4. $5,000 Cash Grant
5. $60,000 Camera Rental Package donation from the Panavision New Filmmaker Program to be used toward next project

1. $1,000 Cash Grant

Outstanding COMEDY –
1. $5,000 Cash Grant

Outstanding DRAMA –
1. $5,000 Cash Grant

ALL 2017 SEMI-FINALISTS received:
1. NYC Airfare + Hotel accommodations to be honored at the festival
2. Top of The Rock VIP Tour
3. Invitation to SAG-AFTRA Champagne Kickoff Reception with Actor Amir Arison
4. Invitation to WGAE Roundtable & Luncheon with Writer/Actor Allen Maldonado
5. Live Actor Auditions with the New York NBC Casting Division
6. Red Carpet Access to the Semi-Finalists Wrap Party
7. High Resolution LED Projectors

ALL 2016 FINALISTS received:
1. Los Angeles Airfare+ Hotel accommodations to be honored at the festival
2. Invitation to WGAW Breakfast + VIP Library Tour
3. Invitation to Panavision Equipment Tour + Lunch
4. Complimentary Workshops, including KELDOF branding seminar & pitch workshop with NBC’s Karen Horne
5. Universal Studios VIP Backlot Tour
6. Annual Subscription to
7. Premiere Software Editions of both Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling
8. 1TB Gtech Hard-Drives
9. Miroir HD Projectors
10. Opportunity to air films on festival HULU channel

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