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Tribeca Storyscapes, in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, is a transmedia program created to showcase work that explores new forms of storytelling, highlighting innovation across a variety of platforms.  These may range from cross-platform films to websites, multi-media installations, games and apps.  Selections will be presented to the public at the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, anticipated to take place in April 2015.  By submitting an entry, you (the entrant) and any/all of your agents hereby accept these “2015 Tribeca Storyscapes Rules & Regulations” as prepared by the Tribeca Film Festival NYC, LLC (“Tribeca”), so please review this document carefully prior to making a submission.


  • September 15, 2014 (3pm, EST) – Submissions Open
  • November 26, 2014 (6pm, EST)– Submissions Close
  • April 15 – April 26, 2015 – 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival in NYC (the "TFF15")


  • The entry fee for each submission is $30 USD.

Note: Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per submission and are non-refundable. Tribeca reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met (including a determination by Tribeca that your eligibility status has changed post-submission).


Tribeca Storyscapes is open to U.S- and international-produced fiction and documentary story-driven works.  Projects may include but are not limited to web projects, mobile apps, games, multi-media installations and multi-platform works, but in any event, projects must have some sort of interactive element.  Linear films will not be accepted for Storyscapes.  Linear films may be submitted to the Tribeca Film Festival through the general entry process.

To be eligible for consideration:

  1. Entrants must fully comply with these 2015 Tribeca Storyscapes Rules & Regulations, including with respect to all deadlines, entry material and other requirements.
  2. Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Dialogue lists will not be accepted in lieu of subtitles.
  3. There is NO minimum or maximum runtime for works submitted.
  4. In addition to completing all required fields in the online submission form, you must provide the estimated costs to set up and present your work at TFF15, as well as all technical, space, or other requirements.
  5. Works MUST maintain at minimum a “New York Region” festival premiere status prior to TFF15.
    • “NY Region” means the tri-state area including the five boroughs of New York City, the surrounding New York metropolitan area (e.g. Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Columbia counties), southwestern Connecticut (e.g. Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield counties) and northern New Jersey (e.g. Bergen, Passaic, Monmouth, Middlesex and Hudson counties)
    • “festival” means but is not limited to film festivals, media festivals, music festivals, literary festivals, art museums, art festivals, art fairs and trade fairs.
  6. Online web projects that launch after May 1, 2014 may be selected at the discretion of Tribeca’s programming team.
  7. Any work submitted as a “work-in-progress” must be completed prior to the TFF15.
  8. The chart below sets forth additional eligibility criteria that must be maintained both prior to and throughout the TFF15 (except as otherwise expressly noted below):
Tribeca Storyscapes Eligiblity Chart
U.S. and International fiction and documentary submissions
ANY public screening, broadcast, distribution or exhibition before January 1, 2014 (other than as described in 1 below)   X
Theatrical  - Any commercial exhibition in the US (other than as described in 2 or 3 below)   X
Theatrical  - Limited commercial exhibition only outside of the US and on/after January 1, 2014 X  
DVD – Any commercial distribution in the US (other than as described in 3 below)   X
DVD - Limited distribution only outside the US and on/after January 1, 2014 X  
TV  - Any broadcast available to US audiences (other than as described in 3 below)   X
TV  - Limited broadcast available only outside the US and on/after January 1, 2014 X  
Digital - Any non-password protected digital broadcast (including exhibitions on internet, radio, mobile devices) available to audiences, other than as described in 3 or 4 below   X
Festival – Any exhibition held IN the New York Region as part of a “festival” (other than as described in 2 or 3 below and, for clarity, except for TFF15 screenings)   X
Festival - Exhibition held outside the New York Region as part of a “festival” and on/after January 1, 2014 X  
1 Private, invite-only presentations (i.e. presentations for family or cast or presentations for feedback) and certain festivals (as more fully described herein) will not affect eligibility X  
2 Presentations for students/faculty in an in-house theater or venue and at certain in-person-only festivals (as more fully described herein) will not affect eligibility X  
3 For works actually selected for Tribeca Storyscapes: theatrical, DVD, TV, digital and/or festival screenings and exhibitions may be held DURING the TFF15 but only after the work’s premiere, if approved in advance and in writing by Tribeca X  
4 Online web projects that will launch after May 1, 2014 may be selected at the discretion of Tribeca’s programming team. X  

Note: If at any point following its initial consideration, Tribeca determines that a submission no longer meets all of the eligibility criteria described above, such submission will be deemed to be ineligible.


Apply online at and send all required entry materials to the mailing address below.


All submissions must include the following:

  1. An online official TRIBECA STORYSCAPES “Entry Form” properly completed (available at
  2. If applicable, TWO DVD copies of the work, formatted for multi-zone or for Zone 1 (North America) and labeled with the work’s title, running time, format (PAL or NTSC), and your (and any additional entrants’) name(s). Check that each submitted DVD plays in its entirety on consumer DVD players. Also, do not put adhesive labels on any DVD unless it is a professional output job (if burning yourself, use a permanent marker to write necessary information). DVD submissions may be a video walkthrough of the app, game or story experience. If the running time of the work is longer than 10 minutes, the submission DVD may include a 10-minute (or longer) excerpt of the full work. However, the Tribeca programming team may later request a submission DVD with the work’s complete running time in order to fully evaluate the submission.
  3. If your work is NOT available on DVD, you must submit a CD-R or a thumb drive containing any accompanying content, including, without limitation, text and/or audio-video content, such as decks, project descriptions, or demos including any password-protected online links to the work. These must also be clearly labeled with the work’s title and your (and any additional entrants’) name(s).
  4. If you do not have any representative materials or elements of your work that can be shared on DVD, CD-R or thumb drive, you may submit a link or links on the online entry form.
  5. If you have an app that requires login for beta testing or any other form of media that is not easily shareable through the means listed above, you must email and prior to submitting your online application so we may consider whether the work would be eligible, and if so, the best method for evaluating the project.

Note: It is your sole responsibility to ensure all SUBMISSION MATERIALS are submitted online and/or shipped to Tribeca’s shipping destination (address below) before the end of the submission period (i.e. online entries and shipped materials must be dated or postmarked no later than November 26, 2014). Any shipped material must arrive at Tribeca within 5 weeks from its postmark date for Tribeca to accept it.  Tribeca reserves the right to disqualify any submission which does not arrive at Tribeca’s shipping destination by these deadlines.  Up to 5 weeks after the applicable submission window deadline, Entrants may email or call 212-941-2305 to confirm whether Tribeca received all submission materials.

*Submission materials will not be returned and will be destroyed or discarded by Tribeca.


If you are submitting more than one work, each submission must be delivered on separate DVD(s), CD-R, or thumb drive (as applicable) and accompanied by its own completed online form. Please do not send any compilation DVD, CD-R, or thumb drive composed of works for separate submissions; they will be deemed ineligible.


Tribeca programmers select and invite all the works to be presented to the public at the TFF15. Selected works will be notified by email or phone via the information provided with the submission. Make sure to update Tribeca with new contact information or any other festival invitations prior to the TFF15 at Tribeca may rescind an invitation to participate at the TFF15 if a work’s eligibility status changes.


If your work is selected, you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by Tribeca:

  1. You must execute a release agreement provided by Tribeca wherein you (i) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your work at TFF15; (ii) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your work at TFF15; and (iii) indemnify and hold harmless Tribeca, its parent company, its affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against any claim arising out of exhibition of your work at TFF15.
  2. You must deliver to the address(es) designated by Tribeca all materials and other relevant information for your work to be appropriately displayed during the TFF15 (at a minimum, Tribeca will require all materials required to allow exhibition of your work in one location, but Tribeca may request additional materials (or copies thereof, as applicable) to allow for exhibitions at more than one venue). Due to the unique nature of the TRIBECA STORYSCAPES program, such required materials, shipping arrangements and setup costs will be determined on a work-by-work basis. Further, final format/media/spec requirements for any given work may be different from and in addition to the formats delivered during the submission process.
  3. Please note that if the actual costs and required technical/space requirements to set up and exhibit your work are in excess of the estimates you provide with your submission form, Tribeca reserves the right to decline to exhibit your work at the TFF15.
  4. You must provide a properly completed and signed official TRIBECA STORYSCAPES “Information Form” including all press and publicity assets as specified in the “Materials Checklist” (the “Information Form” and “Materials Checklist” will be provided by Tribeca).  


All selected works that are actually exhibited as part of the TRIBECA STORYSCAPES program during the TFF15 are eligible for any award(s) that may be given in connection with the TRIBECA STORYSCAPES program at TFF15 (awards are not guaranteed and are determined in Tribeca’s discretion).


All submissions must be sent (applicable customs fees MUST be prepaid) to:

375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013, USA

You must send to the attention of TRIBECA STORYSCAPES with the title of the project written clearly on the package.  If you do not, processing of your submission may be delayed or your submission may be deemed ineligible!