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33rd Annual Gotham Awards Submissions Now Open

by The Gotham Staff on August 10, 2023

New York, NY (August 10, 2023) – The Gotham Film & Media Institute has announced that submissions are now being accepted for the 33rd Annual Gotham Awards. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 14th for the competition categories of Best Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best International Feature, Outstanding Lead Performance, Outstanding Supporting Performance, Best Screenplay, Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award, Breakthrough Series (Over 40 minutes), Breakthrough Series (Under 40 minutes), and Outstanding Performance in a New Series. 

For the first time this year, international films will be eligible for the following categories: Outstanding Lead Performance, Outstanding Supporting Performance, Best Screenplay, and Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award. Best Feature will remain for U.S. features only and Best International Feature will be open to all non-U.S. features. International films are once again eligible for Best Documentary Feature.  In order to provide a more inclusive submission pool, this year there will be no budget cap for submission eligibility.

“For the 33rd Annual Gotham Awards, we’re excited to include more voices from around the globe by expanding eligibility for the many brilliant international films and filmmakers who deserve to be in consideration this year,” said Jeffrey Sharp, Executive Director of The Gotham Film & Media Institute. “Additionally, with shifting budgets, we’ve decided to eliminate arbitrary budget caps for submission eligibility – first instituted over a decade ago – to broaden our reach in terms of recognition and accessibility to the wider community.” 

“The entire Gotham team is thrilled to kick off another year of the Gotham Awards, which has the distinct role of being the first honors of the film awards season,” said Anthony Bregman, Board of Directors Co-Chair of The Gotham Film & Media Institute. “With the decision by the Board to eliminate the budget cap and make international films eligible for more categories this year, we are excited to welcome more of the world’s best storytellers and projects into the awards season conversation.”

Online applications, along with full criteria, are available at Nominees will be announced on Tuesday, October 24th, and winners will be honored at the awards ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, November 27th.

During last year’s 32nd Annual Gotham Awards, which took place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, Everything Everywhere All at Once kicked off its massive award season by winning Best Feature and the Outstanding Supporting Performance Award for Ke Huy Quan, Charlotte Wells took home the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award for her extraordinary feature debut Aftersun, and W. Kamau Bell earned the Breakthrough Nonfiction Series Award for We Need to Talk About Cosby, his bold four-part series. 

The Premier Sponsor of the 2023 Gotham Awards is Vanity Fair while Cadillac will serve as the Official Vehicle for the Awards. 

About the Gotham Film & Media Institute

The Gotham celebrates and nurtures independent film and media creators, providing career-building resources, access to industry influencers, and pathways to wider recognition. The organization, under the leadership of Executive Director and award-winning producer Jeffrey Sharp, fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community through its year-round programs, which include Gotham Week, Gotham Labs, Filmmaker Magazine, the Gotham Awards, Gotham EDU, Owning It, and Expanding Communities.

About the Gotham Awards

The Gotham Awards, one of the leading honors for independent film and television, provides early acknowledgement to groundbreaking independent films and television series. Selected by distinguished juries and presented in New York City, the home of independent film, the Gotham Awards are the first honors of the film awards season. This public showcase honors the filmmaking community, expands the audience for independent films, and supports the work that The Gotham Film & Media Institute does behind the scenes throughout the year to bring such films to fruition.

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