Submit A Film

Welcoming entries for the 4th Annual Festival         Dec. 9, 2018 in New York City

Submissions are open for films or videos that have a canine theme.  Shorter films up to 30 minutes long are preferred but films of any length are welcome.

We welcome any style of film that furthers the mission of the NY Dog Film Festival: to give dog-loving film-goers the shared experience of celebrating and illuminating the human-canine relationship.

The Festival prefers online entries submitted via, which provides a free service to the filmmaker with paperless submission.


Submission Dates

March 1st, 2018 (sent by date)
Early entry deadline $15

June 1, 2018 (sent by date)
Regular entry deadline $20

September 1st, 2018 (sent by date)
Late entry deadline $30

Student Film entries $10, $10, and $20 as per above dates

Submission Guidelines

Entrants accept all rules and regulations of NYDFF and must be 18+ yrs old, or young filmmakers under 18 must have written adult consent by a parent or guardian. 
The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material is an original work and that there are no disputes regarding ownership of the submission. The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and he/she fully indemnifies the Festival against any claim made for such violations of the law. The filmmaker understands that failure to adhere to the Festival rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. The filmmaker agrees to hold Dog Film Festival harmless from and defends them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not they are groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival. 
Films that are not in the English language must be subtitled or dubbed. 
Films are welcome that may have been previously seen by the public. 
By submitting a film, the filmmaker agrees to the following conditions:
The Festival will screen films digitally and, therefore accepts only digital submissions viewable online. Chosen films will be transferred to a Digital Cinema Projection file for screening purposes. Filmmaker is responsible for supplying a high resolution format of their film. Contact the Festival director for assistance if needed. 
For multiple entries, please note that each film entered must have a separate entry form. 
Filmmakers will be notified of their status 6 weeks prior to the Festival by email. Filmmakers of chosen films will be our guest (plus 1) and receive 2 "all-access dog tags" passes (non transferable) to the entire NYC Festival day. 
The NYDFF will travel to multiple U.S. locations annually although there is no guarantee that every film seen in the NYC annual premiere will be included in the edited traveling version. 
Filmmaker's permission is granted to all destinations of the NYDFF in any year, and any subsequent broadcast uses, including streaming platforms including emerging technology. 
NYDFF does not pay screening fees under any circumstance. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if it is selected. 
For promotional and publicity purposes, clips of any film entered into the Festival may be shown on any network, the internet, or related media. 
NYDFF reserves the right to include any accepted films on any format used for promotional purposes. 
Decisions of the Festival Authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be binding on all parties. 

Submitting a film to the New York Dog Film Festival implies acceptance of these regulations. 

If Your Film is Accepted

Filmmakers of accepted films will be contacted by September 15, 2018 (8 weeks prior to the Festival date). Those filmmakers choosing to attend will receive a special gift from Tracie as well as tickets for themselves and a guest to both programs in New York City on Sunday December 9, 2018.

The 4th Annual NY Dog Film Festival will travel to cities across the country in 2019-20. By submitting a film the right to travel with the film is also granted, although its inclusion in the traveling program is not guaranteed even if accepted and shown in New York City (due to time constraints in other locations).

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