Big Apple Film Festival (Spring Edition) takes place May 23-27 in the heart of NYC, with film screenings taking place at the state of the art SVA Theatre, NYC. The venue has been home to red carpet premieres, awards shows, film festivals, conferences and theatrical events.

In addition to film screenings, the festival includes a Screenplay Competition, an Agents and Managers Networking Lab, Film Distribution Summit and Industry Networking Panels.

FILM DISTRIBUTION SUMMIT:
Selected filmmakers and winning screenwriters will receive complimentary admission to the BAFF Film Distribution Summit. The purpose of this event is to provide filmmakers with feedback, strategies and guidance from established distribution companies and sales agents as they begin the process of of securing distribution for their projects. Participating distributors and sales agents have had vast experience in releasing films on major streaming platforms, TV/cable networks, as well as theatrically.

PREVIOUS PARTICIPATING DISTRIBUTORS AND SALES AGENTS HAVE INCLUDED:
FilmRise
Gravitas Ventures
Bleecker Street Media, LLC
Visit Films (domestic and international sales agency)
LOL Entertainment (Founded by actor/comedian Kevin Hart)
Access Entertainment (domestic and international sales agency)
ShortsTV
Gary Rubin (Sales Agent)

2022 PARTICIPATING DISTRIBUTION EXECUTIVES AND SALES AGENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN APRIL

AGENTS AND MANAGERS NETWORKING LABS:

Separate from our film festival and screenplay competition, filmmakers and screenwriters may submit their work to our Agents and Managers Networking Labs. The purpose of these labs is to provide writers and filmmakers currently seeking representation, with direct access and networking opportunities with top agents and managers to discuss their projects and receive valuable feedback. Labs will take after the conclusion of our film festival. (NOTE: Agents and Managers Lab Selections are separate from our film festival and screenplay competition selections, and will take place after the conclusion of the festival)

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL
BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee,” top "25 Coolest Film Festivals,”, CBS New York's "Best Film Festivals in New York...,” and FilmFreeway's "Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals", is dedicated to showcasing, highlighting 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 and purposeful filmmaking.

ALUMNI include films released theatrically and by distributors such as Netflix, Showtime, IFC, Hulu, Amazon, Apple TV and more, as well as filmmakers and cast that are Academy Award and Golden Globe nominees, Independent Spirit Award nominees, Writers Guild of America and Producers Guild of America nominees, SAG Award winners and nominees (visit bigapplefilmfestival.com for a list of highlighted alumni films).

PREVIOUS HONORARY GUESTS, AWARD RECIPIENTS AND VIP ATTENDEES INCLUDE:
Jesse Eisenberg(Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee)
David Krumholtz (SAG Award nominee, HBO's "The White House Plumbers", "The Deuce", Academy Award nominee "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Cuba Gooding Jr.(Academy Award winner)
Matthew Rhys(Emmy Award winner, Golden Globe nominee, SAG Award nominee)
Morgan Spurlock(Academy Award nominee, WGA Award winner)
Alan Cumming(Tony Award and Independent Spirit Award winner)
Producer Robert Paradiso (The Thomas Crowne Affair, Annie, Tony and Tina's Wedding, City by the Sea)
Actress/Comedian Kim Wayans
Doug Roland (Academy Award nominated filmmaker)
Academy Award winning screenwriter Jose Rivera
Jackie Martling (The Howard Stern Show)
Jerry Stiller
Karen Allen
Olympia Dukakis(Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner)
Kevin Corrigan
Katherine Waterston
Ernie Hudson
Mario Cantone
Zoe Lister Jones (Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award nominee)
Roger Sherman(Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner)
Haley Joel Osment(Academy Award nominee), and more...

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL HAS BEEN FEATURED IN:
Indiewire
The New York Times
MovieMaker Magazine (Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals and Top 25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee)
CBS New York (Best Film Festivals in New York...)
The Hollywood Reporter
BuzzFeed
PIX News
New York 1
AM New York
And more..

FILM SCREENINGS:

Big Apple Film Festival accepts submissions and presents selected films in live theatrical screenings in NYC, followed by post screening filmmaker Q and A's.

All selected films will be eligible for an award in their respective category.

ABOUT OUR SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:

Our screenplay competition includes readers/judges that have had experience reading for various industry organizations including: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Academy Nicholls Fellowship, HBO, Sony International, Amazon and Sundance Feature Lab, CineStory TV writers program, NBC/Universal Studios Writers Program, Writers Guild of America-West, Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Competition, Warner Brothers, Tri-Coast Worldwide and Rocksalt Releasing, Austin Film Festival and more...

PREVIOUS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS AND FINALISTS INCLUDE: Shia LaBeouf (SAG Award, People's Choice Award and Independent Spirit Award nominee), Caytha Jentis(written/directed/produced projects for HBO, Amazon), Ron Friedman(Emmy nominee and WGA Award winner), Jyllian Gunther(Emmy Award winner, producer for NBC, ABC, A&E), Henry Sarwer-Foner(Directors Guild of Canada Award nominee), Daniel Talbott (writer ABC's "The Conners", "The Mist" produced by The Weinstein Company and Spike TV), Michael Vaynberg (writer/director Cannes Film Festival selection "9.8 m/s²"), Shruti Tewari (member of the Sundance Collab Directing Program), Bill Brock (Semi-Finalist - Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest), Ken Krauss (writer "Tom, Dick, & Harriet" - Hallmark Channel), Kevin Emerson (author of over twenty novels published by HarperCollins, Random House, Scholastic), Linda Shayne (writer/director "Undercover Kid" released by WARNER BROTHERS, HBO Family, "Little Ghost,” distributed by PARAMOUNT video airing on HBO), Chris Phillips (Finalist - Sundance Institute Development Track, Award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting-New York International Fringe Festival), Maia Henkin (Second Round Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, repped by Abrams Artists Agency), and many more...

ABOUT OUR INDUSTRY NETWORKING CONFERENCES:

The purpose of the conferences is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers and screenwriters to receive valuable information from industry professionals through a series of panel discussions, as well as an opportunity for attendees to participate in Q and A’s, networking sessions and nightly receptions.

BAFF's network of speakers in previous events have included: representatives from HBO, NBCUniversal, literary agencies including WME, The Gersh Agency, etc., staff writers from CBS, ABC, and Lifetime, Academy Award winning Killer Films, Film Rise(distributor of numerous Oscar Award winning and Emmy Award winning films), Emmy Award winning Gigantic Productions, Cinepointe Advisors(legal counsel on numerous Oscar nominated films), Endeavor Content, Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning filmmakers, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning screenwriters, Filmmakers with projects released through Sony Pictures, Disney, LionsGate, Warner Brothers, Showtime, Amazon Studios, Netflix and Hulu, Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW alumni and more…

SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN MAY...

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, festival dates, location and/or format are subject to change.

FILM AWARDS:
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
NYC Cityscape Award
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Animation
Best Web Series
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Golden Apple Award
Emerging Talent Award

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION AWARDS:
Screenplay winners in each category will receive small group meetings with established producers and other industry representatives. These meetings are designed to provide winning screenwriters with direct access and live interaction with industry professionals to provide strategies, guidance and mentorship to emerging screenwriters. Conferences take place virtually allowing participants to join remotely. BAFF's network of speakers in previous events have included representatives from: HBO, NBCUniversal, Academy Award winning Killer Films, William Morris Endeavor Agency, The Gersh Agency, Magnolia Pictures, Film Rise(distributor of numerous Oscar Award winning and Emmy Award winning films), Emmy Award winning Gigantic Productions, Cinepointe Advisors(legal counsel on numerous Oscar nominated films), Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning filmmakers, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning screenwriters, Fimmakers with projects released through Sony, Disney, Lions Gate, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon Studios, Hulu, and theatrically, as well as staff writers for CBS, ABC, Lifetime, and more...

Winning screenplays will be promoted to Big Apple Film Festival's list of alumni filmmakers, many of which include filmmakers who have had film released theatrically, as well as on numerous major distribution platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, iTunes, NBCUniveral and more...

Winners will receive a complimentary all access badge to Big Apple Film Festival events, including screenings, networking conferences and receptions.

Winners will receive a complimentary InkTip listing, which will provide access to InkTip's entire network of producers, filmmakers, agents and managers. Producers have made over 400 films discovered thru InkTip.

AGENTS AND MANAGERS NETWORKING LAB
Selections of our Agents and Managers Networking Lab will receive small group meeting with agents and managers to discuss and pitch their projects, ask questions and receive valuable feedback. Meetings will take place virtually allowing all participants to join remotely. (NOTE: Agents and Managers Lab Selections are separate from our film festival and screenplay competition selections, and will take place after the conclusion of the festival)

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Big Apple Film Festival accepts submissions for feature films, short films, feature documentaries, short documentaries, animation, web series, music videos, student films, feature length screenplays, short screenplays, scripts for television/web series pilots and virtual reality.

2. All films submitted must have been completed on or after January 1, 2021.

3. All films must be submitted with an online screener

4. All feature narrative and feature documentary submissions must be over 60 minutes in length.

5. All short film narrative and short documentary submissions must be under 60 minutes in length.

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

7. Music Videos must be under 10 minutes

8. BAFF will present selected films as a live in person event, with additional selections to be presented virtually. All submitted films will be considered for our live event and/or virtual screenings section.

9. ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

10. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, festival dates, location and/or format are subject to change.

11. Please be sure to read all rules and regulations prior to submitting your project.

12. Same rules for Big Apple Film Festival entries also apply to our Agents and Managers Networking Lab entries. (NOTE: Agents and Managers Lab Selections are separate from our film festival and screenplay competition selections, and will take place after the conclusion of the festival)

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR FEATURE LENGTH SCREENPLAYS, SHORT SCRIPTS AND TV/EPISODIC PILOT SCRIPTS:

1. Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts feature length screenplays, short scripts and series/episodic pilot scripts. Feature length scripts must be a minimum of 60 pages and no longer than 150 pages. Short script submissions and series/episodic pilot scripts must under 60 pages.

2. Submitted screenplays can not have been optioned, purchased, or otherwise produced at the time of submission.

3. Writers may submit as many screenplays as they’d like to the competition, however each script requires a separate application and payment.

4.All entries must be submitted in English.

5. Submissions must include the title, author(s) and any relevant registration or copyright information.

6. Screenplays must be submitted in PDF or MS WORD.

7.All screenplays are considered complete once they are received by the Big Apple Film Festival. No revisions or updated copies will be accepted.

8. Submission fees are non-refundable.

9. Please be sure to read all rules and regulations prior to submitting your project.

10. Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition rules also apply to our Agents and Managers Networking Lab entries.

11. (NOTE: Agents and Managers Lab Selections are separate from our film festival and screenplay competition selections, and will take place after the conclusion of the festival)

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Blake Zawadzki

    The Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition was an enjoyable, productive, and hospitable experience. Strongly recommended. Best wishes and thank you again to the festival staff for my animated pilot screenplay being selected as a semi-finalist. I appreciate the honor.

    November 2021
  • ofu obekpa

    This was an awesome experience. They even have events for you to meet sales agents, distributors and film consultants.

    November 2021
  • Rudy Riveron Sanchez

    It was an honour to have my screenplay '1994' selected as a semi finalist for the fall edition 2021. The same screenplay was also selected as semi finalist for the Big Apple Agents and Managers Networking Lab for the fall edition. Thank you so much BAFF&SC for showing your love to my work. I'd also like to add that the communication was really clear and friendly. I hope I have the opportunity to come to this festival in the near future. I wish the best of everything to you.

    November 2021
  • Kandace Caine

    What a wonderful festival! I became a finalist for my first feature film Block 28 being entered into the Screenplay Competition. I learnt so much about film distribution from all of the distributors in the zoom sessions. Definitely one of the best festivals out there. I will be filming Block 28 in 2022.

    November 2021
  • Nahyr Galaz Ruiz

    Extremely well-run, communicative, and professional festival. It was such a pleasure for my screenplay to be a Semi-Finalist in the Screenplay Competition. I definitely recommend this festival and look forward to submitting more projects in the future!

    November 2021