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


"Edith+Eddie" (Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary Short Subject)
"20 Weeks" (World Premiere, Los Angeles Film Festival, Starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Amir Arison)
"62 Days" (World Premiere, AFI Meet the Press Film Festival)
"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.

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...

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...

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


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.


Overall Rating
  • I agree with Bob Celli, as this festival really impressed and warmed my New York heart. ALL the programs were packed full of an eclectic, and enthusiastic audience of film lovers. My short film was here and as we finish up the feature, BAFF is certainly a fest we hope to return to!

    March 2018
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    Liam Parry

    It was truly a delight to be shown with such high caliber work and network with such a great group of people. Highly worth the submission fee. Plus - New York!!

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

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    Misha Calvert

    Awesome festival!! I love their enthusiasm and taste in selections. The programmers and festival staff were really lovely to communicate with as well. AND WHAT AN AMAZING VENUE! I will definitely be applying here again!

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

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    Romina Schwedler

    Loved the fest! Great team, top venue, amazing networking. Had a blast. Definitely recommend :)

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

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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!