Secret Treaties: Strange Political Bedfellows (8)


01 Mar 2020
Call for entries

30 Sep 2020
Early deadline

10 Nov 2020
Standard deadline

09 Jan 2021
Late deadline

09 Jan 2021
Festival closed

09 Mar 2021
Notification date

20 Feb 2021
20 Feb 2021


-,  -, New York, NY, United States

Festival description
Politics Films
Short film festival 20'<

Festival requirements
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 Any Genre
 Has submission fees
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 Physical Location
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 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
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 Short Films  20'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 20 February 2021      Festival end: 20 February 2021

Politics is a field of perverse humor, infinite intrigue, and waking terror.

Seeking sick and cynical cinema! Dystopias welcome !

SECRET TREATIES: STRANGE POLITICAL BEDFELLOWS is a short film festival that will turn back the blankets to reveal the squishy underbelly of politics.

This is an OPEN CALL for short films (less than 20 minutes) that efface ALL ideology: the sicker, the better. SECRET TREATIES is a cynical festival dedicated to RIDICULING politics, politicians, activists, media pundits, just causes, wars to end all wars, and true believers. We are seeking degenerate cinema! Dystopias welcome ! The future will suck ! What can go wrogn?

The Secrets Film Festival is an annual event in NYC and California featuring short films centered around a common theme. Over the past eight years, the Secrets film series has explored these themes: outer space, inner space, insects, love, dreams, death, and the intoxicated life. Secrets festivals have screened in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Baltimore, DC, Los Angeles, Kentucky, and at the Berkeley Video and Film Festival 2018 and 2019. Last year's festival - Secrets of Inner Space - screened twice in New York City, is set for Los Angeles later in 2021, and is in negotiations to screen in Berlin later that year.

Film Threat on the Secrets series:

As featured in The Culture Trip:

And in Cold Lips Magazine from England:

While Secrets festivals do not offer awards or prizes, it's programs are shown coast-to-coast. SECRET TREATIES will premiere at Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn in February 2021 and will later screen at The Ark in Los Angeles. Other dates and locations are, as yet, pending.

Previous festivals have also screened at: Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn, the Gene Frankel Theater in Manhattan, the 21C Museum-Hotel in Lexington (KY), The Reverb in Baltimore, The Ark Theater in North Hollywood, The Sunview Luncheonette in Brooklyn, and The Lookout in Washington, DC.

Secret TREATIES: Strange Political Bedfellows is seeking short films (less than 20 minutes) of any genre (narrative, documentary, experimental, music video, animation) shot anytime and anywhere that reveal politics to be a disgusting pursuit.



1. submit your film via streaming (vimeo, etc).

2. films must be password protected and otherwise unavailable on the internet.

3. you must hold all rights to the film.

4. we keep all copies of films password protected and shown only at screenings of Secret Treaties.

5. Entry fees are non-refundable.



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