A lot of good things take time. This is part of our reasoning for opening submissions now for this year’s CMJ Film Festival, which, if we have to remind you, takes place October 18 to 22 all over New York City. We are currently accepting films in the following categories:

* Narrative feature

* Documentary shorts

* Documentary feature

* Narrative shorts

* New for 2011: CMJ Film Festival trailer competition, whereby the winning entry will be shown on Clearview Cinemas’ screens for 30 days leading up to the festival, and before each film at Clearview Chelsea during it.

2011 clocks in as the 17th CMJ Film Festival. Run concurrently with CMJ Music Marathon, the event has held advanced screenings of (amongst others) films like Boogie Nights (1997), Velvet Goldmine (1998), Fight Club (1999), Walk The Line (2005) and I’m Not There (2007). Also a big deal are the post-screening events that take place—last year Jake Gyllenhaal did a Q&A with director Edward Zwick for Love And Other Drugs, and folks like Woody Harrelson, Judd Apatow, Quentin Tarantino and Vince Vaughn have been in attendance over the years.

Submission is open now until July 15 at Without A Box, with successful entrants notified on or before September 1.

P.S. Registration is open for CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, and you can get a discount by being early. Click here.