The Big Apple Film Festival takes place annually in the heart of the greatest city in the world. The BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee", top "25 Coolest Film Festivals", and CBS New York's "5 Best Events in New York", is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world. Our goal is to celebrate the great city of New York through the exhibition of innovative filmmaking, which reflects the unique qualities of the city and its people. In addition, our mission is to bridge the gap between dedicated independent film audiences and filmmakers, as well as to connect emerging filmmakers with established industry professionals. The festival offers a variety of film screenings and special New York City premieres. Additionally, the festival is proud to honor a variety of New York City based filmmakers, writers, actors and artists who have played an influential role in the growth of independent filmmaking in the Big Apple.


-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


"Money" starring Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy), Kellen Lutz (Twilight, Tarzan, Legend of Hercules), and Jess Weixler (The Good Wife)
"The Visit" starring Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee June Squibb
"A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud" directed by Karen Allen and starring James McMenamin(Orange is the New Black), Jeffrey DeMunn(Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile)
"Bean" directed by Emilie Bunnell of Emmy Award winning Gigantic! Productions(World Premiere Woodstock Film Festival)
"Sugar!" starring Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley and SAG Award Winner Robert Clohessy
"6 Love Stories" starring Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominee Peter Bogdanovich, Gotham Award Nominee Matthew Lillard, Emmy Award Winner Carrie Preston, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Ashley Williams
"Monsters" Best Horror / Suspense Short Film Comic-Con
"The Harrow"
"Waiting" (narrated by John Turturro)
"It Had to be You" (starring Cristin Milioti)
"Beneath the Olive Tree" (narrated by Olympia Dukakis)
"Mother's Day" (starring Melissa Leo)
"The Living Wake" starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mike O' Connell, and Jim Gaffigan
"Manhattan Romance" starring Tom O'Brien (Fairhaven), Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent, Wild, Obvious Child, HBO's Girls, Veronica Mars), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Caitlin Fitzgerald (Masters of Sex)
"Bread and Butter" starring Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World, Blended, Key and Peele) and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live)
"In the Eye of the Spiral" narrated by Grammy winner Annie Lennox
"Life of a King" starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
"Jake Squared" (Freestyle Releasing) starring Elias Koteas, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Virginia Madsen, Jane Seymour, Mike Vogel
"Breaking Upwards" (IFC Films)
"Against the Current" (IFC Films)
"Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags" (HBO Documentary Films)
"Harvest" (Showtime Network)
"Love, Ludlow" (Warner Home Video, Starz Network, Sundance Channel)
"The Magic Bracelet" starring JK Simmons (Golden Globe Award Winner), Bailee Madison, James Van Der Beek, written by Diablo Cody
and many more.

Previous panelists, guests and keynote speakers include representatives from:

- Samuel Goldwyn Films,
-Magnolia Pictures,
-CAVU Pictures,
-Quad Cinemas
-Zeitgeist Films
-First Run Features
-Gen Art
And more...

Awards & Prizes

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
NYC Cityscape Award
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Animation
Best Web Series
Best Student Film
Golden Apple Award
Emerging Talent Award
Spirit of New York Award

Rules & Terms


This years festival will accept submissions until September 1, 2017.

1. Big Apple Film Festival accepts submissions for features, shorts, documentaries, short documentaries, animation, web series and student films.

2. All films submitted must have been completed on or after September 1, 2016.

3. All films must be submitted with an online screener or DVD in NTSC format

4. All feature narrative and feature documentary submissions must be over 70 minutes in length.

5. All short film narrative and short documentary submissions must be under 70 minutes in length.

6. Animated, web series and student film submissions of all lengths will be considered.

7. All submissions must include an online screener or DVD in NTSC format. All DVD's must include your tracking number. If payment is not made by credit card , the submission must also include a check or money order of the appropriate funds made out to: Big Apple Film Festival.
Send all materials to: Big Apple Film Festival, 1662 Old Country Road #1034, Plainview, NY 11803.

All submission fees must be paid by either credit card, check or money order.


15 Reviews

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    Bob Celli

    This is a festival that completely respects the film. I have been part of this festival twice and both times the venues have been fantastic. They respect the work filmmakers put in and screen films so they look and sound amazing.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

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    Jan Stanton

    Great festival, terrific venue, well run event. Enthusiastic crowds, well-attended, highly recommend.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

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    Alec Gutherz

    Thank you for the privilege of screening GOD'S COUNTRY at your festival. It takes place at a great theater in NYC and it was a dream come true to see my film there. It was a wonderful opportunity and I hope to have the chance again with my next project. Thank you to all those involved in the Big Apple Film Festival.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

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    Michael Goldburg

    My film screened at Big Apple this year, and even though I was unable to attend the screening, I did go to their opening night party which was a lot of fun (yes, free beer!) and several cast/crew members did attend the screening at the SVA Theatre which they said was fantastic. Would definitely recommend it!

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

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    Geoffrey Guerrero

    Great NYC film festival. Screens at the SVA Theater which is a large and professional venue. Worth the submission!

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!