call for entries


submit to cinekink!

Our call for the CineKink 2014 season is closed, but we’ve kept the info posted to give you an idea of our usual guidelines. We’ll be looking for works for the 2015 season starting next August. Hope to see you then!

An organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, CineKink is seeking films and videos that explore and celebrate the wide diversity of sexuality for our annual NYC-based festival.

Scheduled for its 11th annual appearance in February 2014, the specially-curated CineKink NYC will include a short film competition, audience choice awards, an adult industry showcase, presentations, parties and a gala kick-off, with a national screening tour to follow.

Cutting across orientations, topics covered at CineKink have included — but are by no means limited to — BDSM, leather and fetish, swinging, non-monogamy and polyamory, roleplay and gender bending, sex work and sex geekery. We’re looking to blur some boundaries and will be considering offerings of any length and genre drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, with works ranging from documentary to drama, camp comedy to artsy experimental, mildly spicy to quite explicit — and everything in between. Basically, as long as it involves consenting adults, just about anything celebrating sex as a right of self expression is fair game. (Far be it from us to define “kink” — if you think your work might make sense in this context, please send it along!)

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submit directly to cinekink:

A completed entry form and an entry fee must accompany each feature, short and/or excerpt submitted.

Entries must be submitted on a standard (Region 0 or 1) DVD and/or (new this year!) online, via a link to a password-protected streaming copy (ie Vimeo or WAB). If you’re submitting an excerpt, you may send us the entire work, but indicate start/end times for us to consider.

In addition to your entry, please enclose a brief synopsis and, where possible, make available at least one publicity still and/or hi-res digital image (download or disc).


festival rules/submission guidelines

eligible works

All genres will be considered for inclusion in the festival and there is currently no restriction on production completion dates, as long as your submission is a finished work.

Feature works are those longer than 40 minutes; shorts are those works 40 minutes and under. We are also accept 10-25 minute excerpts of longer works, both for general programming and for inclusion in our special “Bring It!” competition showcasing adult entertainment.

Occasionally we ourselves will excerpt longer works for inclusion in a program curated around a particular theme or focus. In these instances, we will consult with you first for permission and help in determining the best excerpt(s) of your work.

festival awards and touring showcase

In addition to our annual NYC festival run, presently scheduled for February 25-March 2, 2014, we also award and showcase CineKink works as follows:

features (over 40 minutes):

All submitted feature works selected for competition at CineKink NYC will be eligible to receive an Audience Choice award, as determined by audience balloting. In deference to market premiere considerations, feature works will be selected for inclusion in the CineKink touring showcase on a case-by-case, invitational basis only.

shorts (40 minutes and under):

CineKink will be presenting awards to short films and videos identified by our jury as “best” in a variety of categories. These shorts will be included in the festival’s touring showcase to represent the “Best of CineKink” for the year following their award. All shorts programmed for CineKink NYC will be considered eligible for inclusion in the touring showcase and will be selected for that on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the festival director.

excerpts (10-25 minutes):

CineKink NYC will be presenting awards to excerpted work identified by our audience as their favorite during a special “Bring It!” adult entertainment competition during the festival. Other excerpts may also be eligible, as determined by the festival director, to be included in the best shorts competition. All excerpts programmed for CineKink NYC will be considered eligible for inclusion in the touring showcase and will be selected for that on a case-by-case basis, as determined by the festival director.

By submitting your work to CineKink NYC, you grant CineKink permission to showcase that work in the manner described above, including any applicable tour appearances. Other exhibition opportunities – dvd, television, the internet – will only occur with prior approval from the rights holders and after receipt of all necessary clearances.

entry fees and deadlines

  • Early: $15 shorts/excerpts; $25 features – October 11th
    Regular: $20 shorts/excerpts;$35 features – November 15th
    Late: $30 shorts/excerpts;$50 features – December 6th
    WAB Extended: $35 shorts/excerpts: $60 features – December 13th >> Must submit via Withoutabox
  • Deadlines are for postmark, meaning that’s the date you need to mail/ship. We are able to receive overnight, signature-required deliveries at our address.
  • Our email address for Paypal payments is If you choose to pay fees via PayPal, please contact us when you do, so we’re on the look-out for your payment, and include a print-out of your transaction with your submission. To bypass our spam filter, either use the email-dropdown on our website OR head your email “Submitting to CineKink.”
  • Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only. Checks or money orders should be made out to CineKink and must be from a US-based bank. International entries may pay via PayPal, which accepts all major credit cards.
  • Payment of entry fee is NOT required from directors whose work has previously screened at CineKink; requested limit of three entries per, postmarked by “regular” deadline (Nov 15) greatly appreciated.

all entries should be mailed/shipped to:

1092 St. Georges Avenue, #190
Rahway, NJ 07065
(phone is 917/609-5928)


Email us at cinekink2014 (at) cinekink (dot) com or via the website dropdown menu. Please use header “Submitting to CineKink” for quicker routing.


Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope if you wish to receive confirmation that your entry has been received.

selection and notification

Submissions will not be considered until we’ve received all elements of your entry, including preview materials, applicable payment and your signed agreement.

Programming decisions are made by the festival director after review by any selection committees/designees. We expect that all film selections will be determined by Friday, January 24, 2014 and we will notify all filmmakers, via e-mail, of which films and videos have been selected. A full schedule of the festival, including exact screening times, will be sent out shortly thereafter.

To ensure timely notification, please ensure we have your current email address, and add the domain “” to any spam filters.

If accepted, the print of your film, or presentation video, will need to be at our mailing address by Friday, February 7, 2014.

Once a work has been submitted, it may not be withdrawn. We will, however, make exceptions for instances where inclusion in CineKink NYC may adversely effect a work’s premiere status at another festival: if this is a possibility, please include that information in your submission and we’ll work with you to avoid a conflict.

exhibition formats

We can screen all works in 35mm, 16mm, Beta SP or mini-DV (NTSC only); DVD or Blu-Ray with back-up disc (NTSC or PAL).

For shorts and excerpts we can also accept .mov files.

screening fees

While CineKink does not pay screening fees for submitted work which is programmed during the festival, we do pay royalties for tour appearances where possible. Our primary focus is on producing the best possible vehicle for sex-positive and kink-friendly works and promoting them as widely as possible.


Cost of shipping exhibition prints to the festival, and any related customs and insurance, is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. All film reels, cans, videotapes and cases must be labeled with the title of the entry. The festival will cover return ground shipping via FedEx, UPS or US Mail. The entrant or the recipient must pay additional charges for express shipping to foreign film festivals. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. Please use only plastic or bubble pack envelopes — NOT fiber-filled — when shipping entries.

return of submission materials

Submission DVDs and videos will not be returned.

submission checklist:

  • ___ Standard DVD (region 0 or 1) or link to online, streaming version
  • ___ Completed and signed entry form/agreement
  • ___ Check or Money Order (US banks only) in the appropriate amount or print-out of your Paypal receipt
  • ___ A log-line and brief synopis of your film/video

submission agreement

By entering your film or video for consideration, you attest that you are legally authorized to submit the work to CineKink and that all necessary releases, licenses and records have been obtained with respect thereto. If your work is accepted, you expressly grant CineKink the non-exclusive right and license to exhibit and utilize your film/video as described in these festival rules.

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