Big Apple Film Festival takes place in the heart of the greatest city in the world. BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee,” top "25 Coolest Film Festivals,”, CBS New York's "5 Best Events 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.

The festival offers a variety of film screenings and special New York City film premieres, a film and screenwriting conference, and a screenplay competition with live script readings of screenplay competition winner scripts.

ALUMNI FILMS include filmmakers and cast that are 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...

PREVIOUS HONORARY GUESTS AND AWARD RECIPIENTS INCLUDE:
Jesse Eisenberg(Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee)
Cuba Gooding Jr.(Academy Award winner)
Morgan Spurlock(Academy Award nominee, WGA Award winner)
Alan Cumming(Tony Award and Independent Spirit Award winner)
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
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 News (Top 5 Eating and Drinking Events in New York)
The Hollywood Reporter
BuzzFeed
PIX News
And more..

FILM SCREENINGS:

Big Apple Film Festival accepts submissions and presents selected films in the following categories and sections:

Feature Films
Short Films
Feature Documentaries
Short Documentaries
Web Series/TV Episodes
Student Films
Animation
Music Videos
As well as speciality categories including:
Women Feature Films
Women Short Films and Web Series/TV Episodes
LGBTQ Feature Films
LGBTQ Short Films and Web Series/TV Episodes
Horror Feature Films
Horror Short Films

ABOUT OUR SCREENPLAY COMPETITION AND LIVE SCRIPT READING:

Winners in each of the Screenplay Competition categories will be announced and promoted through the Producers Guild of America’s industry trade publication “Produced By,” which is received by over 8,000 accredited producers who are members of the Producers Guild.
Members of the Producers Guild of America include the industry’s top filmmakers/producers who have had their feature films theatrically released within the US in major cities, and/or also have had distribution via VOD platform carried by major cable/satellite television providers, such as Time Warner, and/or have streamed online through major digital portals such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.

Winners in each of the Screenplay Competition categories will:
Be announced and promoted through VARIETY, one of the industries leading trade publications, subscribed to by leading producers, production companies and studios, including Universal, Fox, Warner Brothers and more.

Screenplay competition winners will 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.

Feature length screenplay winners will also receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, and many more.

Finally, screenplay winners and finalists will receive a live reading of excerpts from their screenplays at the festival from professional New York City actors.

ABOUT OUR FILM AND SCREENWRITING CONFERENCE:

All submitters to the festival, whether their project is selected or not selected, will receive COMPLIMENTARY admission to the conferences.

The purpose of the conference 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.

Confirmed speakers include:

Debra Eisenstadt("Imaginary Order", Sundance 2019, "Daydream Believer", Independent Spirit Award winner, etc.)

Jeremy Levine(Emmy winner "Good Fortune", "For Akheem", Berlin Film Festival, AFI Docs)

Celine Held and Logan George( Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, short films have premiered in official competition at Festival de Cannes, Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and SXSW, and shortlisted for Best Live Action Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards)

Claude Kerven (Filmmaking Chairperson at the New York Film Academy and writer/director of "They Never Found Her" starring Elizabeth Moss, as well as numerous Saturday Night Live episodes and writer of Mortal Thoughts starring Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Harvey Keitel)

Celeste Erlander(Amazon Studios, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", "Modern Love")

Past speakers include representatives from HBO, Academy Award winning Killer Films, Emmy Award winning Gigantic Productions, StoneStreet Studios, Endeavor Content, Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Emmy Award winning screenwriter, Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW alumni and more…

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 Awards
Television/Web Series Pilot Scripts
Virtual Reality

Winners in each of the Screenplay Competition categories will be announced and promoted through the Producers Guild of America’s industry trade publication “Produced By,” which is received by over 8,000 accredited producers who are members of the Producers Guild.
Members of the Producers Guild of America include the industry’s top filmmakers/producers who have had their feature films theatrically released within the US in major cities, and/or also have had disiticution via VOD platform carried by major cable/satellite television providers, such as Time Warner, and/or have streamed online through major digital portals such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.

Winners in each of the Screenplay Competition categories will:
Be announced and promoted through VARIETY, one of the industries leading trade publications, subscribed to by leading producers, production companies and studios, including Universal, Fox, Warner Brothers and more.

Screenplay competition winners will 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.

Feature length screenplay winners will also receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, and many more.

Finally, screenplay winners and finalists will receive a live reading of excerpts from their screenplays at the festival from professional New York City actors.

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 August 1, 2018

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. 360 Virtual Reality films of all genres and content will be considered. VR entries do not have any time restriction requirements. At the time of exhibition, selected VR projects must available for viewing with a VR headset. VR creators selected for the festival are responsible for exhibition setup, as well as providing all necessary equipment including, but not limited to: Computer, VR headset, headphones, VR Controllers (if required), charging station, required software, etc.

9. ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

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

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

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  • Chris Harris

    Great film festival. Glad I entered!

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Clara West

    First event for me. It was enjoyable and educational.

    June 2019
  • Matthew Barker

    Great screenplay competition tied to a real film festival, this competition comes packed with real world connections and profile. I was super thrilled to be a finalist and be rewarded with exposure and industry resources. Thanks so much!!!

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Debby Huvaere

    I was thrilled to be a semi-finalist at the Big Apple Film Festival, and enjoyed being part of it. The screenwriting conferences I attended had great speakers, the information shared was valuable. I was able to catch a couple of films, and definitely feel compelled to submit my next project!

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • KAREN WALKER

    It was a great experience as a semi-finalist at BAFFA ! I met some great people and learned so much. It was really worth it.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!