Big Apple Film Festival is taking our event on the road for our National Screening Series! On March 2, BAFF will celebrate of the work of FLORIDA BASED FILMMAKERS AND SCREENWRITERS at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale.

For this event, Big Apple Film Festival(named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" and top "25 Coolest Film Festivals"), is dedicated to showcasing, highlighting and promoting the highest quality films from Florida's independent film community.

ALUMNI FILMS include Academy Award and Golden Globe nominees, SAG Award winners and nominees, as well as films released by HBO, Showtime, IFC, Netflix, Amazon, Itunes and More...


Jesse Eisenberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morgan Spurlock, Alan Cumming, Jackie Martling (The Howard Stern Show), Jerry Stiller, Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Kevin Corrigan, Katherine Waterston, Ernie Hudson, Mario Cantone, Elias Koteas, Zoe Lister Jones

The New York Times
MovieMaker Magazine (Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals and Top 25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee)
CBS News (Top 5 Eating and Drinking Events in New York)
The Hollywood Reporter
PIX News

and more...

Selected films will be invited to screen at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale.

For our screenplay competition, 10 winning scripts receive the opportunity to pitch their script to production companies, agents and other industry representatives through Virtual PitchFest, including NBC Universal, Warner Bros., UTA, The Gersh Agency, and many more.

1. Feature films, short films, web series/TV pilots and screenplays must be created by Florida based filmmakers and/or screenwriters.
2. Feature films must be over 60 minutes.
3. Short films must be under 60 minutes.
4. Web series/TV Pilot episodes must be under 60 minutes
5. Feature screenplays must be over 60 pages
6. Short screenplays must be under 60 pages.
7.Feature film and short film submissions may not currently have distribution
8. Screenplay submissions can not have been purchased or optioned at the time of entry.
9. Screenplays may not be altered or revised in any way once entry is complete.
10. Submission fees are non-refundable

Overall Rating
  • john king

    We were ecstatic to win Best Screenplay Pilot, however the VPF has been a disappointment. It has been over a week and most of the replies are all form responses and not the promised personal critic. They use verbatim the same words. I had hoped for personal contact as described in the advertisement. Otherwise, Jonathan was exceptional in response and hosting. We will continue to enter their competitions, but with a more realistic view of VPF. Also we have not heard from one pitch and the other took over five days and we have not received new pitches to offset these two. Fingers crossed. Jon and Roxana.

    March 2019
  • Big Apple Film Festival put on a great festival for screenwriters and filmmakers. Jonathan Lipp was a gracious host, and this is a festival that I will return to on my next writing or film project.

    March 2019
  • Dr. Beth-Anne Blue

    For a “first” - I found everything to be well organized, the venue was great, and we were allowed to speak about our scripts (as a finalist in the screenplay competition) to the audience. I am enjoying completing the 5 free pitches via VIRTUALPITCHFEST.COM the i was awarded as a finalist. I think this festival will continue to grow and be a great platform for filmmakers and writers. Staff was very responsive and helpful with coordination. Great first “run!” Thank you!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!