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  • October 1, 2016 Earlybird Deadline

  • November 4, 2016 Regular Deadline

  • November 21, 2016 Late Deadline

  • December 16, 2016 Extended Deadline

We take your films seriously: our selection and programming team watches every film that is submitted before sending finalists on to our judges. We’re interested in your vision — creative, original, and independent. Show us a story we’ve never seen before!

Digital submissions through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox.com. Filmmaker discounts are available on FilmFreeway only.

Submission Categories

All entries must be short films (less than 30 minutes) in the following categories:

 
 
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NARRATIVE SHORT

Comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, mockumentary . . . Narrative films of virtually any genre qualify for this category. No music videos. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes.

 
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DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Nonfiction films on any topic. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes.

 

 
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ANIMATED SHORT

All animation techniques, styles, genres, and subject matter qualify for this category. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes.

 

 
 

TINY MOVIE

Any genre. Web shows are accepted but will be judged according to the parameters of this category. Films must be no longer than 3 minutes.

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MY OWN PRIVATE ALBANY

It’s the Albany FilmFest, so show us how you see Albany! People, places, your own experiences . . . All genres are acceptable in this category. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes.

 
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YOUTH, 6-12

A film in any of the above categories. You will be judged with your peers. NOTE: This category is for filmmakers between the ages of 6 and 12. (30 minutes or less for all short films, 3 minutes or less for Tiny Movies)

 
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YOUTH 13-17 (OR HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR)

A film in any of the above categories. You will be judged with your peers. NOTE: This category is for filmmakers between the ages of 13 and 17, or high school senior.(30 minutes or less for all short films, 3 minutes or less for Tiny Movies)