We will be considering films for our programs again after New Year‘s. Thank you for your support!
BEFORE YOU SUBMIT FILM(S),
READ OUR GUIDELINES FIRST!
MAKE SURE YOUR FILM FITS OUR PROGRAMMING CRITERIA
Before you submit, please take the time to read this entire page carefully to determine if your film is a good fit for us. Remember: We are strictly an art house film outfit, and we’re currently receiving submissions for our Summer Cycle 2019 and two major events in January, 2020, as described below. If and when you submit, state the event for which you are submitting.
Event !: BRONX WORLD FILM CYCLE, SUMMER 2019
Dates August 7 - September 1, 2019
This will be our third year bringing the Summer Cycle -- an offshoot of our flagship Winter Cycle (held in downtown Manhattan) -- to parks and outdoor venues in our home borough of the Bronx. It is strong on animation, comedy and dance films, guaranteeing an appropriate viewing experience for all ages and communities. We select films carefully for each venue according to the neighborhood’s makeup, ensuring relevance to local communities, then round the program out with films from outside the local cultural frame of reference. With a population of almost 1.5 million people and only two movie houses on the borough -- both of which show strictly commercial fare -- we fill a big void. We are on track to establish twelve outdoor venues there by 2020, one per Community Board. Bronx World Film is the pioneer presenter of art house film in the borough!
Event 2: BRONX WORLD FILM CYCLE, WINTER 2020
Dates January 3-5, 2020
Our flagship annual event since we founded Bronx World Film in 2011, the Winter Cycle takes place in the heart of Manhattan, at fabled La Nacional (Spanish Benevolent Society), one of the oldest non-profit, community-based organizations in New York City. Located on West 14th Street, minutes from the cobblestoned Meatpacking District, it is easily accessible to international media, the world-class businesses that make their home in this coveted downtown area, and a great mix of audiences. It is a prime launching platform for women and young film makers, and the pioneering platform in the USA for art house film from Central American film makers. We offer a curated showcase of art house film from all over the world, from features to shorts, from interstitial to micro and nanoproduction, encompassing all genres and styles. Over the 3-4 days of the Cycle, we also present performance, visual arts, crafts, music and gastronomic tastings.
Event 3: !España Hoy! CONTEMPORARY SPANISH FILM CYCLE 2020
January, 10-12, 2020
Started in the winter of 2017 as a gesture of reciprocity and an expression of gratitude to our long-time host venue of La Nacional, this event spotlights cutting-edge works by Spanish filmmakers and their descendants, or by non-Spaniards on Spanish themes, living anywhere in the world. Like all of our programming, it has no restriction on genre or style, provided the films qualify as art house films. It puts on display the astounding vitality and range of sensibilities that has always characterized Spain from ancient times. It explores that distinct cultures of Spain’s various regions, each with its own peculiarities and idiosyncracies. ¡España Hoy! also fills a void in New York City’s cinema landscape, which for many years has lacked a showcase for the new generation of Spanish filmmakers, whose work deserves visibility far beyond the country’s borders.
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO SCREEN WITH BRONX WORLD FILM
Bronx World Film accepts submissions year round, and will continue to seek out new spaces for the films that we include in our programming, which become part of our permanent catalogue. In 2016, Founder Walter Krochmal screened selected works from the catalogue to excited audiences in San Pedro Sula, Honduras as part of a pilot international arts exchange with non-profit arts incubator San Pedro Sula [RESET]. Our Roving Cinémathèque Project, the umbrella project for our Summer Cycle, aims to provide local communities in The Bronx and throughout New York City with film screenings year round in a variety of non-traditional venues.
SUBMISSION FEES AND SCREENING FEES
As a matter of policy and principle, we do not charge filmmakers registration or submission fees to apply for our events. We have designed our programs with the idea of making them accessible, streamlined and friendly to film makers. We provide an easy, cost-effective springboaard for worthy art house film makers to reach an international audience and add a valuable New York credit to their film’s circuit life. By the same token, given that we are still a volunteer-driven organization without any source of financing at this time, we do not have a budget to pay screening fees. We will hopefully in the future be able to comply with requests for screening fees, as we realize these are also of immense value to film makers once they have completed their works.
WHEN YOU’RE READY TO SUBMIT
Once you’ve read through our guidelines and are ready to submit, simply send us an e-mail to the address below with a private online screener file. Don’t forget to include in the subject line the specific event for which you are submitting.
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE
When we accept your film for inclusion in our program, we’ll send you an e-mail with a fillable .pdf Submission Form. Please fill it out completely, attach all the materials requested, e-mail it it back to us and the process is complete.
SO, WHAT IS “ART HOUSE FILM” AND WHAT KIND OF FILMS DOES BRONX WORLD FILM SEEK?
“Arthouse film for integral human development”
Our motto reflects our exclusive dedication to art house film. What do we mean by art house film? Broadly understood, the term “art house” refers to films that primarily serve an artistic vision, that of the filmmaker or auteur, and that place high value on aesthetics and artistic standards. This distinguishes it from commercial film, driven primarily by profits and mass appeal, often relegating artistic quality to a “second fiddle” role. Art house film gets its shine from innovative, often character-based storylines, as well as from high artistic standards for screenwriting, directing and acting. It comes from a long tradition of freewheeling experimentation by masters in every corner of the globe. Art house film played a leading role in helping the nations of post-World War II Europe recover from the devastation and build world-class economies. Many films from that era went on to become classics of world cinema. It has done the same in our day for communities and entire nations that have struggled to find new avenues of development.
WE SCREEN WORKS IN ALL STYLES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
Provided that works submitted hew strictly to the highest standards of art house, we accept a wide range of expressions. We consider works of all lengths and from any country, from features to microproductions. We lean heavily toward fiction, and we also screen documentaries that stretch the boundaries of the genre. WE LOVE dance film and animation, which electrify audiences everywhere, of all ages and from all walks of life. The Cycle brings audiences along on a wild, worldly ride through satire, comedy and drama, sci-fi and action, horror and fantasy, crime and thrillers, digital video, period pieces, cult and hybrid forms, among others. We earn kudos from our audiences for the high artistic quality of our programmes, and for our abiility to curate a high-impact program out of such a wide-ranging array of styles.
FOCUS ON CENTRAL AMERICA, THE BRONX,
WOMEN, YOUTH AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Bronx World Film screens films from all over the world. We are the pioneering platform in the United States for art house film made in Central America, by Central American descendants wherever they may live, or about Central American subject matter. We proactively seek out Bronx film makers, and are particularly proud of our dedication to young, minoroty, female and emerging film makers, many of whom have had world, national and New York City premieres at our events. We cultivate personal relationships of trust with many of these artists, so that they get the greatest value out of our various programmes.
STEPS FOR SUBMITTING
SCREEN WITH BRONX WORLD FILM
WITHOUT DISQUALIFYING FOR MAJOR FESTIVALS
We understand that many established festivals demand films that have not screened anywhere else. Some of them are extremely strict. Others allow films to screen at small events, as long as they are billed as “avant prémieres,” “special audience screening” or similar such appelations. In our ongoing efforts to benefit the film maker, we can screen your film with the same billing as well, when possible. This allows the film maker the multiple benefits of gaining a New York credit, placing the work for an audience that can provide valuable feedback, and retaining the status required to submit to festivals. It has worked before, and if it can work for you, we will be happy to do it for you.
1) We screen art house works exclusively. Please make sure that your film qualifies as an art house film before sending us the private viewing link.
2) In the feature film slots, we grant programming priority to works from Central America and The Bronx. This does not exclude feature films from other regions, however limitations of space, time and staff lead us to recommend to you that you submit films up to 20 minutes long, and consider these programming criteria before submitting features.
3) We screen works in many languages, and we understand that for our programmes to reach our international audiences effectively, they must be subtitled professionally and in English (SEE SUBTITLING POLICY BELOW).
Bronx World Film one of the few film organizations around that requires all of the films it screens to come with subtitles rendered professionally and “burned” into the work. We believe that subtitling deserves the same attention as any other aspect of film production, and that art house films, which usually command modest audiences and often have a low or non-existing marketing budget to begin with, require every advantage possible. Subtitles done by qualified professionals (or voice dubbing, as the case may be) make a film accessible to an international audience. Done poorly, they can sever the delicate bond between the work on screen and the audience. We can offer you assistance -- and have done so frequently in the past -- with subtitling and voice dubbing, its cousin in the realm of audiovisual translation. We will notify film makers when this process is necessary, and with short films we can do it at no cost to you, the film maker, as long as your post production team works closely with us.
NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE
4) Film makers whose works we accept to screen in our programmes will receive notice by e-mail. Please be patient with us as we are a small organization that operates on a shoestring. Once notified that we have accepted your film(s), we will ask you to fill out completely and in timely fashion one of the following Submission Forms
WHAT FORMAT DO I SEND MY FILMS IN?
Send all films in a Quicktime high-definition digital format, whether through a private link on Vimeo or through a program like We Transfer, accompanied by the appropriate Submission Forms above. We cannot process DVD’s or Blu-Ray disks. WE DO NOT ACCEPT YOUTUBE LINKS.
PERMISSION TO PRESENT FILMS NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
Film makers whose work we accept for screening in our programs may qualify for screening in other programs. We will notify them in that case and, if applicable, will complete the corresponding Submission Form ourselves. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL WEE SCREEN ANY FILM WITHOUT THE EXPRESS AUTHORIZATION OF THE FILM MAKER.
CATALOGUE OF WORKS SCREENED AT BRONX WORLD FILM CYCLE
All filmmakers whose work Bronx World Film agrees to include in its programming grant the organization the right to include their work or works in its catalogue, which will then be made available strictly for research, promotional, reference and educational purposes. Any use of the films that may generate revenue will be subject to agreements in writing with filmmakers, their agents, distributors or legal representatives.
GRANTING OF RIGHTS TO PROMOTE FILMS USING EXCERPTS
Bronx World Film, Incorporated is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Cycle or its other programs for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Bronx World Film, Incorporated from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.