Big Apple Film Festival (Fall 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 "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 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.

Screenplay winners 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:

Gabriella Ludlow (CinePointe Advisors, has over 25 years of business affairs and project management experience in the entertainment industry. She has provided consulting services, as well as business affairs and production legal services on more than 150 feature and documentary film projects, including Motherless Brooklyn, Lady Bird, The Disaster Artist, The Meyerowitz Stories, The Grudge, etc.)

Nick Savva (Giant Pictures Distribution, credits include "Love, Antosha" Sundance Film Festival premiere, featuring Chris Pine, Kristen Stewart, and Jennifer Lawrence, "Mr. Roosevelt", SXSW Audience Award, "King of Peking", Tribeca Film Festival, "Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk" featuring Iggy Pop, Billie Joe Armstrong, Miranda July, produced by Green Day)

Graham Fine (The Film Sales Company, sold over 200 films for domestic and international distribution and has raised financing for numerous fiction and documentary projects. Credits include "My Architect", Academy Award nominee for Best Feature Documentary, "E-Team", Sundance Film Festival Cinematography Award, "Waitress", written and directed by Adrienne Shelly, starring Kerri Russell, Sundance Film Festival premiere, Independent Spirit Award nominee)

Christina Raia (Writer/Director and the Founder of CongestedCat Productions, her work has received coverage in press outlets such as Indiewire and BuzzFeed. She works for Seed&Spark as the head of education, teaching and empowering creators to build their audience and crowdfund their work. She also runs IndieWorks, a monthly screening and community-building series. Christina has been a guest speaker at IFP, Tribeca Market, DOC NYC, ITVFest, Writers Guild of America, NYU and more...)

Lillian LaSalle (President of Sweet 180 Management, Peabody Award Winning Talent Mgmt and Production company, representing actors, writers and directors)

Sara Alexander (Alexander Creatives, represents artists for film, television, commercials, branded entertainment and new media. Sara represents directors, producers, writers, DPs, production designers, costume designers, editors. She also represents literary content including screenplays, books to film, and television series).

Art Skopinsky(Monarch Films, domestic and international entertainment content sales agency that distributes Feature Films, single documentaries, TV Series and Webisodes on to TV, DVD, and Digital Platforms worldwide. Distribution partners include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, ITunes, Google Play and more...)

Donal Lardner Ward (actor, writer, director, producer whose credits include Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums and Julie Delpy's Looking For Jimmy. He was a staff writer for the HBO series How to Make it in America, produced by Mark Wahlberg and recently directed We Only Know So Much, co-written with Elizabeth Crane. The film starring Jeanne Tripplehorn, Damian Young, and Loudon Wainwright III had its NYC premiere at the Big Apple Film Festival.)

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 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.

Screenplay winners 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 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 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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  • Sids Ahky Stevens

    Being a part of this festival was very rewarding. I really appreciate the diversity and networking. It has been truly amazing. Please support this festival. It is totally worth it.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sids!

  • Tina Zhang

    What a fantastic festival in NYC! I had a great experience in a wonderful venue to screen our documentary film "Tai Chi Club". The communications were professional, panels were excellent, stage-reading by NYC actors were so interesting. Highly recommend, and BIG THANK YOU!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tina!

  • DAN ADAMS

    Very Filmmaker friendly, professional, and communication was excellent.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Frank Vespe

    I tested the waters by entering my recently optioned, New York City screenplay, PRETTY DOESN'T GET YOU INTO THE NBA, under an alternate title, HOME IN THE HOOD, and won Semi-Finalist; however, not listing Semi-Finalists on their website was disappointing as I couldn't direct my friends, associates and investors to see it, nor were they interested in attending the event as well. Too bad.

    September 2019
  • alessandra cardoso

    Felt so honored that my first script made it to the semi-finals!!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations!