Submissions for the 2018 DAMN! Film Series, running September 10 – December 1, 2018 at Theaterlab (357 W 36th Street) in New York City, will be open January 8, 2018 – May 19, 2018. The top prize is a $2,000 grant for the winning filmmaker for their next film.

The 2018 DAMN! Film Series will accept submissions January 8, 2018 through May 19, 2018. You may submit via FilmFreeway or Use code DFS2018 for $5 off your submission fee.

(1) DAMN! Film Series accepts submissions for short films (running time under 20 minutes) in narrative and documentary categories. Only independent films will be considered. Artists must have final creative control over their work to be eligible.

(2) Experimental films, animation, web series/new media and sponsored works (training films or commercials) will NOT be considered.

-February 28, 2018: Early Deadline – $15
-April 12, 2018: Regular Deadline – $20
-May 19, 2018: Final Deadline – $25

(4) All films submitted must have been completed on or after January 1, 2016.

(5) All films must be submitted with an online screener. It is the ONLY way to submit to the DAMN! Film Series. NOTE: All films that are accepted must be sent to us as .mov or .mp4 sized at 1920 x 1080p.

(6) Films must not have been previously submitted to the series.

(7) Films must NOT have any other screenings in New York City between September – November 2018.

(8) The DAMN! Film Series does not pay screening fees.

(9) One of the selected films will be named BEST DAMN! FILM and the filmmaker will receive a $2,000 grant for his or her next film.

(10) All non-English language films must have legible English language subtitles.

(11) Filmmakers may only submit ONE film.

(12) By submitting your film to DAMN! Film Series, filmmakers agree for their film, if selected, to be screened at the series, and to provide press materials, film stills and creative team head shots to the series for promotion.

(13) We will confirm the receipt of every submission.

(14) If you have any questions, E-mail

(15) Acceptances will be sent out by July 4, 2018.

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