Big Apple Film Festival (Winter Edition), 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 "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.

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 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 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 TV/Web Series Episodes
Horror Feature Films
Horror Short Films and TV/Web Series Episodes
LGBTQ Feature Films
LGBTQ Short Films and TV/Web Series Episodes

ABOUT OUR SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:

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.

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:

AMIR ARISON - Amir Arison is an American film, television, and theatre actor, best known for his role as FBI Special Agent Aram Mojtabai in NBC's The Blacklist. He had a recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Dr. Manning and made special guest appearances in series like Fringe, NCIS, Medium, and State of Georgia. He has made special guest appearances on Homeland and America Horror Story. After several more guest appearances on Gossip Girl, True Justice, and The Mentalist, he was cast in Bryan Singer's digital series H+ as Dr. Gurveer. In late 2012, he signed on for a recurring role on ABC's Zero Hour. Arison made his big-screen debut in Day Zero(Elijah Wood, Chris Klein, Elisabeth Moss) and he was cast in the American comedy horror film Vamps(Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver)

RENNIK SOHOLT - Emmy nominated producer and director, produced and directed multiple episodes of the Emmy Award winning travel series, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, as well as the award-winning PBS documentary series, Weekends with Yankee Magazine. He also has directed and produced successful reality television shows, including House Hunters International and Pawn Stars. He executive produced and directed the feature documentary, Forced Change
(Big Apple Film Festival Best Feature Documentary) , which was showcased on WNET/PBS as well as the CNN documentary, Wine to Water. He is the recipient of the James Beard award for the PBS series, Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, for which he also received an Emmy nomination.

MICHELLE DANNER - Michelle Danner is an international film director & acting coach. Her student list include James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Salma Hayek, Henry Cavill, Zooey Deschanel, Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Chris Martin, Penelope Cruz, Michael Pena, Michelle Rodriguez, Kate Del Castillo and many others. Danner's film directing debut, How to Go Out on a Date in Queens starring Jason Alexander and Alison Eastwood, won the LA Film Awards' Best Acting and Best Movie awards. She was the acting coach expert on comedy on the WB show "The Starlet", and has been featured on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

JILL GOLDSTEIN - Jill is the founder of JGoldsteinPR, a boutique public relations and social media firm that handles a diverse range of clients. Currently, the firm handles consumer and trade publicity, social media campaigns as well as special events for their clients. Clients that Jill has served over the last 20 years include DreamWorks Home Entertainment, Warner Strategic Marketing, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Palm Pictures, PBS Distribution, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Air Bud Entertainment, FilmRise, Clear Channel Entertainment Television and many more. Jill recently represented "Inside the Rain", written and directed by Aaron Fisher(Best Feature Film Big Apple Film Festival), starring Aaron Fisher, Ellen Toland, Rosie Perez and Eric Roberts.

BARRY HEYMAN - Barry J. Heyman, Esq. is the founding and principal attorney of Heyman Law, a boutique law firm established in 2004 with practice areas focusing on business, entertainment, fashion, intellectual property and new media. Heyman Law clients include creative talent, businesses, and entrepreneurs. The firm provides legal counsel to creators ensuring they understand the legal and business matters in order to protect their creative endeavors.

MORE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED...

Past speakers include: representatives from HBO, 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), 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 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.

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 September 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 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.

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Overall Rating
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  • 18 Bleecker Films

    Wonderful festival, great venue at Chelsea Cinepolis, and a helpful engaging staff. We were thrilled to receive Best Short Film. We look forward to next time.

    December 2019
  • Tim Haynes

    Great experience and opportunity for all filmmakers, from beginners to pros!

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tim!

  • Big Apple Film Festival is one of those festivals that everyone has heard of and most have attended. It was an honor to have our short horror film, 'Good Intentions,' have its world premiere at Big Apple. The communication from the programmers was on point, the venue was in a cool part of NYC, the Q&A was run with professional ease and the content screened in the horror block was just fantastic. 10/10 would recommend! Thank you so much, Big Apple Film Fest! 

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!

  • Rennik Soholt

    It was such an honor to be a part of this years' Big Apple Film Festival. Our documentary feature, Forced Change, had it's premiere and it was a wonderful experience to have it here at home in NYC. The theater is beautiful and we played to a sold out crowd, which I hear happens often with this fest. Our film won Best Feature Documentary, which was an added bonus. Thanks Jonathan for everything!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Rennik!

  • Andrew Rajan

    Delighted to mke the grade with my script 'Mad Hatter'.
    Wish i could make it to the Big Apple for the festival..

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Andrew!