Submissions for the 2018 Margaret Mead Film Festival are now closed.



  • The Mead considers a range of non-narrative films and videos including feature length documentaries, hybrid works, shorts, experimental films, essay films, animation, and new media.
  • Productions must have been completed within the last three years.
  • Works in any language other than English must have English subtitles or English voiceover narration.
  • The Mead  does not accept resubmissions.
  • The deadline for 2018 submission was May 1, 2018.

The Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award

  • Each year the award is given to a filmmaker whose feature documentary offers a new perspective on a culture or community remote from the majority of our audiences' experience as well as displays artistic excellence and originality in storytelling technique.
  • Films selected for the Margaret Mead Film Festival that are U.S., North American, or World Premieres are eligible for the Award.

Entry Fee

  • $10-35 US dollars (please pay what you can afford).
  • Pay online once you have completed the online form or through Withoutabox.
  • Make checks payable to American Museum of Natural History and mail them to:

Margaret Mead Film Festival
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York City, NY 10024

Entry Procedure
Submit your entry by one of two methods:

 1. Complete the online entry form.

  • There is no paper form this year
  • Complete a separate form for each entry
  • Pay the entry fee—mail a check or pay through our website once you have completed the online form. You will be prompted to do so after completing the form (see the previous section for more information).

2. Enter online at

  • Complete a separate form for each entry
  • Pay the entry fee through or mail a check (see the previous section for more information).

Preview Formats

  • Online Screeners—submit via without-a-box or the online form.
  • DVD (Multi-zone or Zone 1, North American only)—Label your tape or DVD with your name, email address, running time and the title of your submission. DO NOT SEND UNLABELED DVDs. Please note that DVD submissions will not be returned.


  • All entrants will be notified of their final submission status in late August via email. Please be sure the Margaret Mead Film Festival email address ( does not get caught in your spam filter.
  • If you would like confirmation of delivery, we strongly suggest using a traceable method, such as FedEx to send in any DVDs.
  • Please do not call or write to check on your submission.

2018 Festival Dates

October 18–21, 2018

Presentation Formats

  • HDCam, 35mm, 16mm, Quicktime ProRes

Not all formats are available in all venues.

More Information

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the festival and submissions.


Contact us for more information.