Submitting FAQ


Save yourself a headache and read these answers to our Frequently Asked Questions:

 Do you accept only films complete in 2015/2016?

 We accept all films regardless of date filmed, completed, distributed, etc.  Our mission is to curate the best films about urban design.

 I produced a series of videos on this issue, can I submit more than one in my series?

 Yes!  If you produced a web series or episodic piece about urban planning, please send it in.   You can submit individual episodes as a short film, or you can submit the entire series as a feature.  If you submit as a feature, we’ll watch the whole series and consider it as a feature and also consider individual episodes as short films in the relevant categories.

 Can you waive my entry fee?  I am a starving filmmaker / work for a good cause and I can’t afford the entry fee.

 While we are fellow filmmakers and can completely relate, unfortunately we cannot waive any fees.  It’s just not fair to all the other starving filmmakers.  We do suggest submitting early to take advantage of the reduced fees.

How will I know if you received my DVD?

We strongly discourage sending physical copies for consideration. If you you have to submit through the mail, please contact us first.  We’ll want to make sure your format is compatible with our players.  This has been a problem in the past, so please message us and we will help you get your video to us.

Can I submit more than one film?

Sure, you can submit a thousand films – as long as they all accompany their own entry form and fee.

My film fits into two categories (e.g. tactical urbanism AND street art), which should I submit it for?

When submitted, all films are categorized by length: Feature, Featurette, Short or Micro.  The festival judges review the films and select the best ones.  For the festival screenings, the films are grouped based on topics.  Topics are decided based on films, speakers, workshops and tours that also make up the festival.

Am I eligible if I live outside the U.S.?

Absolutely! Submit it online using

Can I submit a rough cut?

 No, whatever version you submit will be the version we screen.

 Can I submit my film if I am under 18?

 You can, if you have a parent or guardian submit it for you.

Will the DVDs be returned?


 Do I HAVE to send TWO DVDs?  Isn’t that wasteful?

It is strongly suggested, but no, you don’t HAVE to.  We have a large percentage of DVDs that don’t play upon arrival so if you are going to only send one, please check it all the way through in a DVD player (not a computer) before sending. Package your DVD carefully and make sure it cannot move around or pop out of its case. If you are concerned about being wasteful, just submit it online!

Can I enter if my film has screened at other festivals or on the Internet?

Yes.  And let us know if it won any awards!

My film was made a while ago, can I still submit it?

Yes.  We have no time limit on when it was made.  As long as it is still relevant.

Is the deadline ‘received by’ or ‘postmarked by’?  

 Received by.

 I have a film that I think might fit in the theme, but I am not sure. Can you preview it and tell me if I am wasting my entry fee?

 Send us a link and we’ll take a look.  We’ll be happy to watch a trailer or the first few minutes of your film and let you know if it fits.

 I just missed your deadline – am I screwed?

 Email us at info at newurbanismfilmfestival dot com.  If we still have enough time to fairly review your project, then we may waive the deadline.

How will I know if I am accepted in the festival?

We will notify you by email with a series of instructions arranging to get a screening copy of the film, film stills, a video trailer, press release, and how to tickets for you/your crew. Get these materials ready now because we will want them from you as soon as we notify that your film has been accepted. Also, it will help you with other festivals!

How will I know if I won the big contest?

We announce the winners on the final night of the festival. If you are not present, follow the hashtag #nuff2016 for all the updates on the festival, including award winners.