Please submit your film to First Time Fest through Without a Box.

  • First Time Fest is seeking feature-length (greater than 72 minutes) fiction and documentary films from first-time filmmakers.
  • “First-time filmmaker” is defined as the first feature film effort by one or more members of the production team. These team members can include:
    • Producer
    • Director
    • Screenwriter
    • Cinematographer
    • Editor
    • Composer

For example, a film may have a veteran producer, director and/or writer, but has a new (to feature filmmaking) editor or cinematographer. That feature would then qualify for submission to First Time Fest. Any feature debut effort in the above categories will qualify the film for submission.

  • There is no “date of production” or “date of completion” restriction on entries.
  • DVDs are accepted for preview screening, we also accept secure online screeners.
  • DVDs must be labeled clearly with the title, running time, WAB registration number (if application is initiated through WAB) and contact information (including name, address and phone number).
  • More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form and entry fee.
  • If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide headshot and filmographies of the creative team members; b&w and/or color stills from the film; press materials; and video trailer (if available).
  • The entry fee is non-refundable.
  • DVDs and other submitted materials will not be returned. Please do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.
  • All film entries selected for the Festival grant First Time Fest the rights to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.
  • All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music, clips, and festival exhibition.
  • The filmmaker agrees to deliver the hi-res Quicktime File or DCP to the festival no later than February 20, 2015.

Please submit your film to First Time Fest through Without a Box.

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