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Rooftop Films is now accepting submissions for our 2011 Summer Series. In May 2011 we will begin our 15th year of bringing the best underground films in the world outdoors and to the rooftops of New York City. Filmmakers who submit their films are given the chance to participate in one of the most unique, filmmaker-friendly, independent film events in the world.

The 2011 Summer Series will run from May through September and will feature more than 200 daring new films, all screened outdoors, in front of big, loyal audiences in parks, on boats, and on rooftops overlooking the greatest city in the world. In 2010 they also organized 10 outdoor shows in Toronto, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other cities all across the Northeast, and they plan to continue their expansion across the U.S in 2011.

Nearly 30,000 people attended Rooftop screenings in 2010, making it one of the most popular festivals in New York City and one of the biggest festivals for underground films in the world. The 2011 Summer Series will feature even bigger crowds, more beautiful venues, and more incredible films.

Rooftop Films is committed to helping filmmakers get their films screened and they believe that it is the responsibility of a film festival to make it as easy as possible for filmmakers to submit their films and get them screened. That is why Rooftop Films has only a low suggested submission fee, which must only be paid once regardless of how many films are submitted. In addition, as a thank you, every filmmaker who submits a film will receive two free tickets to the 2011 Rooftop Films Summer Series (a twenty dollar value).

For the past 14 years, Rooftop Films has dedicated themselves to providing a venue, an audience, and a community for the wide array of short and feature length films that are underserved by conventional commercial distributors, industry-run festivals, art galleries, and repertory theater retrospectives. The festival line-up includes comedies, dramas, experimental shorts, animation, videos, short and feature documentaries, political films, home movies and found footage, as well as many of the most interesting new independent narrative feature films. Rooftop Films seeks independent movies with original ideas, regardless of production values. The festival screens the work of experienced professionals, long-time amateurs and first-time filmmakers alike. They also strongly encourage submissions by women and people of color. We show films of all genres, formats, and lengths, as long as they’re courageous, creative, and unique.

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