International Film Festival
September 7th, 8th, 9th, 2018
Martin W. Kappel Theater, Norwich, NY
The Twin Tiers International Film Festival is dedicated to finding, promoting and encouraging new filmmakers to showcase their films and let their voices be heard. We will foster an engaging and inspiring atmosphere in an historic setting with small town flair.
We decided to create a festival where feature films would get the recognition they deserve. Too often, film festivals include features as one category, as such they all compete for the same award(s). It is about time to change course on this standard and recognize all the different genres of features so that certain genres will not be overlooked as sometimes they are. We know you have put so much hard work into creating your film and we want to recognize you!
Every film submitted to us will be viewed start to finish and graded by our judging panel of industry professionals. Our goal is to showcase as many films as possible across all film genres of any length. We have a big heart for local film and encourage local filmmakers to submit their work, regardless of experience. We also want to encourage international filmmakers to submit and visit the festival!
We know how hard the festival circuit can be. We are filmmakers ourselves. We want to invite you to our festival which is all about you, the filmmaker. Each filmmaker should feel that they and their work is of the upmost importance. At the festival, we will provide ample networking opportunities for our filmmakers. Also, various workshops will be scheduled to allow you to maximize your festival experience. We love film and we hope you'll love our festival and continue to choose to show your films with us! Come out and get ready to leave inspired!
Awards & Prizes
We are excited to have actor Jon Donahue present our awards this year! Jon has played roles in major motion pictures like "Inferno", "Bridge of Spies" and "The Post." He has also had many various roles across both TV and other films. We are excited to give you the opportunity to meet and accept any awards from Jon! Please visit our website for further details.
Best Documentary Feature - Trophy
Best Documentary Short - Trophy
Best Horror Feature - Trophy
Best Horror Short - Trophy
Best Comedy Feature - Trophy
Best Comedy Short - Trophy
Best Drama/Thriller Feature - Trophy
Best Drama/Thriller Short - Trophy
Best Sci-Fi/Action Feature - Trophy
Best Sci-Fi/Action Short - Trophy
Best International Film (either feature or short) - Trophy
Best Student Film (either feature or short) - Trophy
Best Animation Film (either feature or short) - Trophy
Best Local Film (either feature or short) - Trophy
Best Director Feature - Trophy
Best Director Short - Trophy
Best Actor Feature - Trophy
Best Actor Short - Trophy
Best Actress Feature - Trophy
Best Actress Short - Trophy
Best Cinematography - Trophy
Best Unproduced Screenplay (short) - Trophy
Best of Fest (Feature) - Trophy + $250
Best of Fest (Short) - Trophy + $100
Audience Choice - Trophy + $150
Best Unproduced Screenplay (feature) - Trophy + Final Draft 10 Software.
Rules & Terms
If you prefer to mail in your submissions, please email us for instruction or visit our website for details and a submission form.
Once a film is accepted, a digital copy of the film must be made available to download. Vimeo (preferred) or YouTube is acceptable. File must be mp4. If you are unable to digitally upload your film, please contact us.
We do not accept "works in progress"
No refunds are allowed.
Submissions into our Student film category must have a valid student ID.
All films originating outside of the United States must submit into our International Categories.
Upon acceptance into the festival, filmmakers must agree to allow the Twin Tiers International Film Festival to use footage from their respective films for the sole purpose of marketing the festival and associated events.
For submissions into the Local category, filmmakers must live within 100 miles of Norwich, NY OR the film they are submitting must be filmed within 100 miles of Norwich, NY.
Submitters can submit multiple films.
All films must be in English. If your film is in a different language other than English, you must have English subtitles.
Filmmakers whose films have been selected to screen at the festival will receive two (2) VIP Passes for entry to every event, film and party all weekend!
Prizes will not be mailed. Filmmakers must be present to receive awards. Awards ceremony will be held closing night. Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the festival.
Notifications of acceptance will occur no later than August 1st. We will make every attempt to notify you as soon as possible. Award nominees will be announced approximately one week before the event.
There will be various discounts around town for the filmmakers to enjoy from discounted food, lodging and drinks at our official after-party!
Information about lodging, points of interest, filmmaker discounts and restaurants will be emailed to the filmmaker once their film(s) has been accepted to screen at the festival.
Connect and Enjoy!