Rooftop Accepting Submissions for the 2011 Summer Series.

The 2011 Summer Series will run from May through September and will feature more than 200 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. In 2010 we also organized 10 outdoor shows in Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburg and other cities all across the Northeast, and we plan to continue our expansion across the U.S in 2011. Nearly 30,000 people attended Rooftop screenings in 2010, making it one of the most popular festivals in New York City and one of the biggest festivals for underground films in the world. The 2011 Summer Series will surely feature even bigger crowds, even more beautiful venues, and even more incredible films.

Submitting to Rooftop Films:

The experience of submitting to Rooftop was GREAT! Submitting was easy and fair, the entry fee is lower than at any other festival and the Rooftop people are kind and understanding.

–      Signe Baumane, Animator

Before you submit
, please read all of our guidelines and regulations HERE <> .

Rooftop Films is committed to helping filmmakers get their films screened and we believe that it is the responsibility of a film festival to make it as easy as possible for filmmakers to submit their films and get them screened. That is why we don’t demand that filmmakers send us exorbitant submission fees. We have a low recommended submission fee, that must only be paid once regardless of how many films you send in.
There are two ways to submit to Rooftop: through Without a Box <>  or directly to Rooftop. All submissions not made through Without A Box must include our submission form. <>  If you are submitting via Without A Box, please DO NOT include a submission form.

To thank you for submitting, every filmmaker who submits a film will receive TWO free tickets to the 2011 Rooftop Films Summer Series (a $20 value).

: $10 ($5 via WAB), postmarked by December 5, 2010
Regular: $15 ($10 via WAB), postmarked by January 20, 2011
Late: $20 ($15 via WAB), postmarked by February 15, 2011
Without A Box Extended: $20, March 1, 2011*
* Without A Box members only.

<> You can mail any submissions to:

Rooftop Films
PMB 401
285 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

At Rooftop we believe that the role of a festival is to help filmmakers bring their work to bigger audiences, not to profit off of their ambition, so we do everything that we can to make it easier for filmmakers to send in their work. We keep our submission and admission fees low so that filmmakers and audience members can, at least in one small way, contribute equally to the Rooftop community and neither need be saddled by any unfair expense. And a struggling filmmaker need never despair: no film submission will ever be turned away due to lack of funds.

About the Festival:

The audience numbers are mind-boggling. Most of the industry people I’ve met at other festivals seem to have seen my film at Rooftop, yet I think Rooftop is perhaps the only truly populist screening venue for underground movies in America.

Benh Zeitlin, Glory at Sea! <>

For the past 13 years, Rooftop Films has been committed to providing a venue, an audience, and a community for the wide array of short and feature length films that are underserved by conventional commercial distributors, industry-run festivals, art galleries, and repertory theater retrospectives. We show comedies, dramas, experimental shorts, animation, videos, short and feature documentaries and political films, and home movies and found footage, as well as many of the most interesting new independent narrative feature films. We want films that tell us about where you live and how you live, and we seek independent movies with original ideas, regardless of production values. We screen the work of experienced professionals, long-time amateurs and first-time filmmakers alike. We also strongly encourage submissions by women and people of color. We show films of all genres, formats, and lengths, as long as they’re daring, creative, and unique.
Rooftop Fits into that rare and precious category of film festival that knows how to treat the artist right. From the online catalog description of My Effortless Brilliance (which ranks as one of the most well-written and thoughtful reviews of that work EVER) to their handling of my flight arrangements, to the event itself which made me feel as celebrated as some famous person, Rooftop is stand-out from the point of view of the artist.

Lynn Shelton, Humpday <> and My Effortless Brilliance <>

Lela Scott MacNeil
Rooftop Films
232 3rd Street, #D101
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Underground Movies Outdoors <>