dcpfaf 2018 submissions

2018 submissions are open! submit your film via FilmFreeway or with the form below.

The DCPFAF showcases the diverse and creative work of Palestinian filmmakers across the globe, including those living in all of historic Palestine and in diaspora.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Terms and Conditions prior to submitting your piece.


Early Deadline:  April 15, 2018 ($10)
Regular Deadline: May 15, 2018 ($15)
Student & Youth (-18): FREE (with valid student id or enrollment verification)

All films must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on specified deadline to qualify for each respective fee. If the filmmaker requests a fee waiver for financial reasons, please contact programming@dcpfaf.org.

Entry fees are per film and non-refundable. The DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.


  • Narrative Features

  • Documentary Features

  • Shorts

  • Animation

  • Experimental works

  • Youth work (created by filmmakers under the age of 18)

  • Other (e.g., experimental)


  • The filmmaker(s) (writer/producer/director) must be Palestinian, and may be living anywhere in Palestine or diaspora

  • We prefer films made in 2016-2018, but older films are welcome and may be accepted

  • All foreign language entries must be subtitled in English

  • All screeners should be password-protected and NOT publicly available for viewing

  • Shorts must be 40 min. or less / features must not exceed 120 min.

  • Filmmakers may submit multiple films

  • If possible, please submit an Electronic Press Kit (EPK), 2-3 high resolution pictures (300 dpi for print materials), and social media/website links

Selection notices will be sent out by JULY 18, 2018.


We accept online materials through Vimeo (preferred), YouTube or a streaming service that does not require a paid subscription. Private links must be accompanied by a valid password. Links must be active through August 6, 2018. DC-PFAF, its directors, employees, and volunteer reviewers and jurors are not responsible for broken, expired or incorrectly submitted URLs or passwords.


  • Works-in-progress are accepted, but MUST be noted as such on the screener. 
  • Upon submission, indicate what will change, i.e. sound design, color grade, etc. 
  • Final cuts MUST be submitted by 11:59pm EST on September 23, 2018 or films risk disqualification

Email programming@dcpfaf.org

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