Submit Your Film

The 12th Annual Other Israel Film Festival
arrives in November 2018!

Submissions for the 12th Annual Other Israel Film Festival will reopen in March 2018! If you would like to submit your film for the 2018 festival, please read our eligibility and submission requirements below before returning to this page at that time.


The Other Israel Film Festival occurs annually in New York City in early November, and over the course of a week draws a diverse audience of film lovers from all backgrounds across the greater New York metropolitan area to its films and curated conversations.

Founded in 2007, the Other Israel Film Festival presents high-quality cinema that inspires conversation and takes a deeper look into Israeli and Palestinian societies, as well as other minority populations in Israel. The festival explores themes relating to human stories and the social justice challenges for Israel and its neighbors. The goal of the festival is to use film as a a catalyst for a dynamic and inclusive forum for, exploration of, and dialogue about Israeli and Palestinian societies.  With our partners, we aim to engage our community, deepen its view, challenge its perspectives, and drive it to action.

The Other Israel Film Festival uses film to foster social awareness and cultural understanding. The Festival presents dramatic and documentary films as well as panels and events about the history, culture, and identity of minority populations in Israel—with a focus on Arab/Palestinian citizens of Israel—who make up 20% of Israel’s population.


Subject Matter:

The Other Israel Film Festival showcases the diverse and creative work of filmmakers of any nationality exploring themes related to the following:

  • Arab citizens of Israel
  • Arabs of ’67
  • Palestinian Israelis
  • Foreign/migrant workers
  • Refugees
  • Other under-served communities in Israel


The Other Israel Film Festival selection committee accepts films, videos, and digital media of any length in the following categories:

  • Narrative feature films (40 minutes or longer)
  • Documentary feature films (40 minutes or longer)
  • Narrative short films (Less than 40 minutes)
  • Documentary short films (Less than 40 minutes)
  • Animated or experimental films (Feature or short)
  • Films created by filmmakers under the age of 18 (Feature or short)

Exhibition Formats:

The filmmaker is responsible for supplying the festival with an exhibition copy of the film in one of the following formats:

  • DCP
  • ProRes
  • BluRay disc

The Festival prefers to exhibit DCP and to receive delivery via hard drive. All final exhibition copies must be received no later than two weeks before the start of the festival.

Production & Subtitling:

  • All films submitted to the 12th annual festival must be completed on or after 01 January 2016, and all non-English language content must be subtitled in English before submission.
  • The Festival will accept submissions still in post-production, though a final, fully-mixed and color-corrected exhibition copy must be available by the delivery deadline in advance of the festival. The Festival does not exhibit works-in-progress.

Premiere/Release Status:

  • Films may not have had a wide commercial theatrical, television, or online release in the U.S. Films available via commercial streaming platforms whether by subscription or pay-per-view (e.g., Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, etc.) are ineligible.
  • Films publicly available on general streaming sites (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) may retain eligibility pending total number of views. The Festival encourages filmmakers to keep their films password protected, unlisted, and not-searchable until they have completed their desired festival runs.
  • Though the Festival does not enforce any specific premiere status, films not yet exhibited in the New York City media market will receive preference over those that have already screened within the greater metropolitan area, which includes all five boroughs of New York City, Long Island,  Westchester and Rockland counties, and northern New Jersey.

Submission Formats:

Submissions must be made available to the Festival via online screener. No physical media will be accepted.

For further information:

Email: [email protected]