Open Call: Screen your film at Rooftop Films Summer Series
If you submit a work to Rooftop Films you automatically get two free tickets to any Summer Series show, whether or not they screen your film. There are two ways to submit to the Rooftop Films Summer Series: via FilmFreeway or directly to Rooftop Films. Please choose only one per film. If you are submitting via FilmFreeway, you do not need to complete an additional submission form.
The Summer Series runs annually from May through August and features daring new films, all screened outdoors, in front of big, loyal audiences in parks, on boats, and on rooftops overlooking the greatest city in the world. Tens of thousands of people attend Rooftop screenings every summer, making it one of the most popular festivals in New York City and one of the biggest festivals for independent films in the world.The Summer Series runs annually from May through August and features daring new films, all screened outdoors, in front of wonderful audiences in parks, piersand on rooftops overlooking the greatest city in the world. Tens of thousands of people attend Rooftop screenings every summer, making it one of the most popular festivals in New York City and one of the biggest festivals for independent films in the world.
They strive to keep our fees affordable, but if you are unable to pay the submission fee for any reason email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a fee waiver.
Rooftop Films is committed to providing a community for the wide array of short and feature length films that are under-served by traditional outlets. They want films that tell us about where and how you live. They seek independent movies with original ideas. They aim to showcase the voices of marginalized communities not typically found on screens.
They show films of all genres, formats, and lengths, as long as they’re daring, creative, and unique. They always search for films that break down boundaries or feature innovative, personal, and eccentric or hilarious takes on old forms. They love animation, satire, comedies and dramas, experimental and abstract films, personal and political documentaries, and every other form of film, entertainment or video art.
They screen hundreds of short and feature length films each summer and work tirelessly year round to bring these films to new audiences.
- Rooftop accepts Fiction, Documentary, Experimental, and Hybrid feature-length and short film work
- Feature Films are films that are 60 minutes and longer.
- Short Films are films 59 minutes and under.
Deadlines, Fees And Notification
- Early Bird: $15, November 17th, 2023
- Regular: $20, December 15th, 2023
- Late: $30, January 30th, 2024
- Extended Late: $35, February 16th, 2024
- Notification Date: No later than May 3rd, 2024