Submit a Film to the PhotoDiversity™ Film Festival

Each film can be submitted for a fee of $25. If you wish to make a donation to the The Zoological Lighting Institute, we encourage you to do so. All proceeds from the festival will be donated to this nonprofit charitable organization.

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Submission Categories

We accept submissions in the genres of SCIENCE, WILDLIFE, ARTS & CULTURE, designated as FEATURES or SHORTS, in PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR or STUDENT qualifications. Please select only one category per film submission and its respective entry fee. PhotoDiversity™ Films reserves the right to place the film in a different category.

Festival Rules

Non-English speaking films must have English subtitles, and bilingual films must have subtitles in the appropriate language for any English spoken within.

Accepting films completed between January 1, 2016 and December 2018.

All films must be submitted through and a DVD copy sent to The Zoological Lighting Institute, 85 Broad Street, NY NY 10004 USA

We accept shorts to feature length films.
Shorts: 0-30 minutes
Feature length: 60-90 minutes
**Shorter festival edits of feature length films will usually be preferred.

$25 per film submission. We encourage a donation to The Zoological Lighting Institute, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, whose mission will be supported by proceeds from the film festival.

If your film is selected to screen at the PhotoDiversity™ Film Festival we will request 2 copies of any of the following for exhibition: BluRay, ProRes HQ & H264.

By submitting a film to the Festival (and agreeing to these terms and conditions) you are confirming that all necessary permissions have been sought from contributors to the film, and royalties paid, including 'release' from those appearing in the film and creators of any soundtrack/music. Films must be clean of all advertisements for exhibition.

I, the undersigned, have read The PhotoDiversity™ Film Festival (PDF Festival) entry procedures and rules and I agree to abide by them. I acknowledge and agree that, to the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided is accurate, the film submitted is an original work and I am duly authorized to submit this film and promotional materials to PDF Festival. Any copyrighted materials included in the work have been legally cleared for use, and PDF Festival is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings.

I agree that, if this film is selected, PDF Festival has permission to screen the film on March 23, 2019. If this film is to be screened at PDF Festival, I also agree that PDF Festival has the right to use footage for promotional materials (ex festival trailer) and to publish selections from the promotional materials, such as still images, in any or all publications for the purpose of promoting PDF Festival. I hereby hold PDF Festival harmless and release it from any claims that I or others may have with respect to the use of the promotional materials and the public screening of this film.

Accompanying materials will be donated to PDF Festival.