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", and CBS New York's "5 Best Events in New York", 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 premieres.

ALUMNI FILMS include 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...


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

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..

Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition is proud to partner with InkTip!
InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.

Winners of the Big Apple Film Festival Feature Length Screenplay Competition will 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, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. 

Producers have made more than 350 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

Grand Prize winner of our short screenplay competition will have their script PRODUCED INTO A SHORT FILM TO PREMIERE AT THE BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL!

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
Photography Contest Award
Golden Apple Award
Emerging Talent Award
Screenplay Awards



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 and short screenplays.

2. All films submitted must have been completed on or after September 1, 2017.

3. All films must be submitted with an online screener

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

7. Music Videos must be under 10 minutes



1. Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts feature length and short scripts. Feature length scripts can be a minimum of 70 pages and no longer than 150 pages. Short script submissions must be 10 pages or under.

2. FOR SHORT SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS ONLY: Short scripts must be character and dialogue driven with NO special effects or significant action sequences.

3. The Grand Prize winning short script will be produced by Big Apple Film Festival, therefore, the festival reserves the right to make ANY and ALL necessary changes for budgetary reasons.

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

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

6.All entries must be submitted in English.

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

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

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

10. Submission fees are non-refundable.

11. FOR SHORT SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS ONLY: By submitting your short script for consideration for the Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition, you agree for Big Apple Film Festival, LLC to produce your short screenplay IF selected as the Grand Prize Winner and to premiere at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York City.

12. FOR SHORT SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS ONLY: All short screenplay submissions must be character and dialogue driven with NO special effects or significant action sequences. The Grand Prize winning short script will be produced by Big Apple Film Festival, therefore, the festival reserves the right to make ANY and ALL necessary changes for budgetary reasons. Additionally, Big Apple Film Festival has full decision making in casting, hiring of crew, equipment to be used, and all other aspects of production.

Overall Rating
  • John Martins III

    Jonathan Lipp and the Big Apple Film Festival staff were as accommodating and hospitable as a group can be. I certainly sensed a esprit de corps. A big thank you to everyone in New York City for an amazing experience. Very best, John Martins III

    November 2018
  • Cary Patrick Martin

    We thoroughly enjoyed this festival. Very friendly programmers, and we got to show our film for the first time to a full audience in a gorgeous theater, along with other outstanding films. Winning Best Short Film was icing on the cake! Jon does an excellent job, and I hope to be back with my next film soon!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Drew Robinson

    We can’t thank Big Apple Film Festival enough for such a wonderful NYC premiere of our feature film, "ReRUN", starring Christopher Lloyd! The festival team, led by Jonathan Lipp, gave our film, staff, and cast so much care and support from all things technical to their incredible SVA venue. It has been a pleasure to return to this friendly filmmaker festival again and again and see how the festival has grown!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • I was really honored to be a finalist at the Big Apple Film Festival. The diverse film selections screened throughout all reflected a thoughtful, socially conscious and sensitive curation by festival director Jonathan Lipp and his team. I wish more promotion had been possible and more press coverage, as the attendance on the whole was modest and the films were very worthwhile and would have benefited from better exposure. But I really was thrilled to participate and to have my work recognized.

    November 2018
  • 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