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Introduction to the film festival

Now in its 10th Year, the Katra Film Series is an international award-winning film festival and screenwriting competition dedicated to championing the next generation of filmmakers at the world famous AMC Theatres in Times Square New York. Hailed by Tribeca Films for its "honorable mission to spotlight new and emerging cinematic talents…where some of their top alums have since gone on to great things in the indie world and beyond" while the New York Times agrees “From the bottom up an amazing and excellent festival that has made it in New York,” and Remezcla writes “An innovative new model pushing for the future of its filmmakers,” while Time Out NY states “Nothing but the best.” And last year ‘LLERO magazine sums it up succinctly “A memorable film fest like none other. In over 6 years, the Katra Film Series has become a hub for up-and-coming filmmakers.” Our prizes are provided by Canon, Rhino Films, Final Draft, 3636 Studios, The Yard, International Screenwriters' Association, NY Women in Film and TV, Museum of the Moving Image, and more. Every season we curate a diverse selection of independent works where audience participation is central in choosing the winners. Regardless of who wins each season all official selections will be considered for the Year-End Grand Finale taking place at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater where our jurors are comprised of industry veterans and professionals who watch the films and select the top winners. The Grand Jury Prize Winner is awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Hollywood Producer Stephen Nemeth and the winner also takes home a top of the line CANON camera. Some of our past alums have landed theatrical distribution deals and have gone on to write, produce and direct feature films and TV shows for HBO, FOX, Netflix, Showtime, ESPN, Vice Media including festival stops at Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin and Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, we have also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Huffington Post, Daily News, NY1, NBC, Women & Hollywood, Metro NY, The New Machine, Bklyner, and many other local and national publications. Sfilmmaker is our exclusive platform for cooperation in China, and we look forward to your good film.

Awards

Over $50,000 in prizes. The 2022 Grand Prize Winner of The Year will be awarded a top of the line Canon camera and a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Rules

Genre :Action Comedy War Science fiction Ethics Terror Thriller Violence Adventure Crime Family Music Love Magic Fantasy Shootout Suspense Youth Inspirational Literary Biography Western Drama others
Subject :Unlimited Children Humanistic Women Education City Sports Gay Environment Home Political Workplace Special people
Video Format :MPEG4 DCP MOV MPEG
All genres/forms accepted. Seeking Features, Shorts, Web Series, Documentary, Music Videos, Experimental Works, Animation, Video Art and screenplays. Please note: we accept works-in-progress. THERE IS NO PREMIERE POLICY (Although not mandatory we prefer NYC premieres. Many of our alums have gone on to screen at the biggest festivals worldwide). Works must have been completed after January 1, 2020. From no budget to big budget. JUST SIMPLY BLOW OUR MINDS! All foreign-language films MUST be subtitled in English. 1. Submission Eligibility - All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2020. - There is no premiere policy. - Works-in-progress are accepted. 2. Exhibition Format: h.264 quicktime file. 3. Submitters understand that submission of their work authorizes the Katra Film Series to screen the work, and use the work for any exhibition, education and/or publicity purposes related to Katra Film Series. Bowery Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work. Submitters may receive future correspondence from the Katra Film Series. 4. Submission Fee The submission fee is non-refundable.

Evaluation

  • Overall rating
Jury Profile
Jury Name Judge photos Jury Profile
Jason Kliot JASON KLIOT is a producer of over 50 feature narrative and documentary award-winning films by such acclaimed directors as Jim Jarmusch, Brian De Palma, Steven Soderbergh, Miguel Arteta, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, Alex Gibney, Amir Naderi, and Todd Solondz. His films have been selected to and won several awards at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, The Cannes International Film Festival, and the Venice International Film festival, including two Sundance Grand Jury Prizes and Venice’s Silver Lion for Best Director, among others. His films have also been nominated for over 25 Independent Spirit awards. He has been nominated for an Academy Award.
Stephen Nemeth STEPHEN NEMETH formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced ten films and executive produced fourteen others. He is also working with Amnesty International through Artists for Amnesty on developing and producing human rights related motion picture and television projects. His Producer credits include the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (starring Johnny Depp and directed by Terry Gilliam), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (starring Halle Berry), Dogtown and Z Boys, What We Do Is Secret, You and I (starring Mischa Barton and directed by Roland Joffe), and Radio Free Albemuth (the last Philip K. Dick novel). Nemeth was the recipient of 2009′s Vision Award for Documentary Producer and 2009′s Artivist Award for his advocacy and production of socially conscious films. He was named one of the “Top Ten Most Prolific Producers in Hollywood” by The Hollywood Reporter, and one of the “Ten Coolest People in Hollywood” by an online survey of 500 agents, managers, journalists, and lawyers. Prior to forming Rhino Films, Nemeth worked as an independent producer and as a motion picture agent at the William Morris Agency.

Authorization type

    Exclusive Contract

Duration (several sessions)

    12

Film Festival Features

  • Red Carpet
  • Celebrity Guest
  • Film Screen
  • Cash prize
  • Trophy
  • Prize
  • Certificate

Dates & Deadlines

  • 2022-05-26
    Submission start time

  • 2022-01-20
    Late Deadline

  • 2022-01-31
    Final Deadline

  • 2022-01-31
    Submission end time

  • 2022-09-30
    Finalist notification start time

  • 2022-05-01
    Finalist notification end time

  • 2022-10-18
    Award ceremony start time

  • 2022-10-20
    Award ceremony end time

Categories and fees

  • Feature Films
    Video length :46 - 200
    Documentary or Narrative Feature Films over 45 minutes in length will be considered for this category.

    2022/01/20
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 115 Dollar

    Student: 95 Dollar

    2022/01/31
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 125 Dollar

    Student: 100 Dollar

  • Short Films
    Video length :00 - 45
    Only shorts 45 minutes and under will be considered.

    2022/01/20
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 65 Dollar

    Student: 50 Dollar

    2022/01/31
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 75 Dollar

    Student: 60 Dollar

  • Trailers
    Video length :00 - 05
    Submit your trailers

    2022/01/20
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 40 Dollar

    Student: 34 Dollar

    2022/01/31
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 50 Dollar

    Student: 40 Dollar

  • Short Documentaries
    Video length :00 - 45
    Short Documentaries

    2022/01/20
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 65 Dollar

    Student: 52 Dollar

    2022/01/31
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 75 Dollar

    Student: 60 Dollar

  • Music video
    Video length :00 - 05
    Music Videos

    2022/01/20
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 50 Dollar

    Student: 40 Dollar

    2022/01/31
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 60 Dollar

    Student: 50 Dollar

  • Animated Shorts
    Video length :00 - 45
    Animated Shorts

    2022/01/20
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 65 Dollar

    Student: 52 Dollar

    2022/01/31
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 75 Dollar

    Student: 60 Dollar

  • Experimental Shorts
    Video length :00 - 45
    Experimental Shorts

    2022/01/20
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 65 Dollar

    Student: 52 Dollar

    2022/01/31
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 75 Dollar

    Student: 60 Dollar

  • Feature Screenwriting Competition
    Script :45 - 200
    Features Screenplays over 45 pages in length

    2022/01/20
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 80 Dollar

    Student: 64 Dollar

    2022/01/31
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 100 Dollar

    Student: 80 Dollar

  • Short Screenwriting Competition
    Script :00 - 45
    Short screenplay, teleplay, or webseries pilot must be under 45 pages in length.

    2022/01/20
    Late Deadline

    Standard: 65 Dollar

    Student: 52 Dollar

    2022/01/31
    Final Deadline

    Standard: 80 Dollar

    Student: 64 Dollar

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