30 Apr 2020
Call for entries

31 Mar 2021
Early deadline

15 Jun 2021
Standard deadline

15 Aug 2021
Late deadline

01 Sep 2021
Festival closed

15 Sep 2021
Notification date

07 Nov 2021
07 Nov 2021


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Festival description
Canine theme.
Short film festival 60'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  60'<
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Festival start: 07 November 2021      Festival end: 07 November 2021

The NY Dog Film Festival premieres in NYC and then travels to many cities in the US and Canada annually. It is a collection of short films that celebrate the remarkable bond between dogs and their people. Animal shelters and rescue organizations receive a portion of proceeds in each city. Films must have a canine theme.

We welcome submissions of films of any length (preferably less than 30 minutes) whether narrative, animated or documentary, as long as they have a canine subject matter. It is fine with us if the film has already been seen in other film festivals or venues since the point of the Festival is for dog lovers to have a shared experience of taking in all the films as a community experience.

There are no awards but acceptance into the festival ensures that the film will be seen across the U.S. by thousands of people at multiple theaters. The chosen filmmakers receive VIP passes to the premiere in NYC where they will receive commemorative gift bags.

Submission Guidelines to the NY Dog Film Festival (NY DFF) are as follows:

Entrants accept all rules and regulations of Pet Media Inc. (doing business as NY DFF, and referred to herein as NY DFF). Filmmakers must be 18+ yrs old or, if under 18, must have written adult consent by a parent or guardian.
The filmmaker must have the intellectual property rights and distribution rights to enter this film into the competition.

The filmmaker must have the performing rights for any music contained in the film and provide evidence should it be required.

The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and s/he fully indemnifies the Festival against any claim made for such violations of the law.

The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material is an original work, that there are no disputes regarding ownership of the submission, that it is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.

The filmmaker accepts responsibility for obtaining any permissions required by copyright law in the use of any music and images used in their films. NY DFF takes no responsibility for copyright infringement.

NY DFF is not responsible for any type of loss or damage to you pertaining to the film or its and you agree to hold NY DFF harmless from and defend them against any 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 NY DFF.


The NY DFF accepts only digital submissions viewable online. Chosen films will be transferred to a Digital Cinema Projection file, a Blu-Ray DVD, or a digital download for delivery to theaters for screening purposes. The filmmaker is responsible for supplying a high-resolution format of their film. Filmmaker assigns NY DFF the right to copy the entry in its entirety for technical operations in and through any and all current or future media formats.

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.

Films can have been made at any point in time.
Films must be “shorts” and less than 60 minutes long, with a preference for films less than 30 minutes long.


By submitting a film, the filmmaker agrees that NY DFF does not pay screening fees under any circumstance. By submitting a film, the filmmaker is agreeing to screen his/her film without a screening fee or any other compensation if it is selected to be shown in any format as part of NY DFF anywhere in the world in perpetuity.

The filmmaker understands that films will be shown at multiple screenings across the United States, Canada, and possibly other English-speaking countries over multiple years, although there is no guarantee that every film seen in the NYC annual premiere will be included in the traveling version.

You grant NY DFF and its successors, licensees and assignees the use of your film and any associated photos or extracts for all destinations of the NY DFF in any year. You grant permission for any subsequent broadcast uses and platforms, including all digital formats, not limited to cinema projection, Video on Demand, AVOD, SVOD, DVD/Blu-Ray, streaming compilations, and emerging technology. Segments of the films may be used in trailers and marketing. Photographs, clips of films or filmmaker submitted images may be used in promotional material and social media. NY DFF may sub-license this right without further consent. NY DFF reserves the right to include any accepted films on any format used for promotional purposes.


The NY DFF Founder and Director, Tracie Hotchner, will have absolute discretion and make the final decision on which films will be included in the NY DFF.

Filmmakers will be notified of their status prior to the Festival by email. Filmmakers of chosen films will receive 2 tickets (or more if requested) to the program[s] in the NYC premiere of the NY DFF at SVA Theater in New York City.
The NY DFF 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 traveling version.

For promotional and publicity purposes, brief (less than one minute) clips of any film entered into the Festival may be shown on any network, the internet, or related media, including promotion by our sponsors.

Submitting a film to the NY DFF implies acceptance of these regulations and your warranty that, to the best of your knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.
By submitting your film, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agree to the stipulated terms.



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