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..

The festival also includes the Big Apple Film and Screenwriting Conference. All submitters to the festival, whether their project is selected or not selected, will receive COMPLIMENTARY admission to our 3 day conference. 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, networking sessions and nightly receptions. For anyone else who is interested in attending the conference, tickets for the conference may be purchased at


Endeavor Content

Cinetic Media, production company behind films such as Green Book, BoyHood, The Kids are Alright, Moonlight, I Tonya and more..

Killer Films, production company behind films including Academy Award nominee Carol, Academy Award Winner Boy's Don't Cry, Academy Award nominee Far From Heaven

CinemaFlix Distribution, theatrical distributor of films including the documentary Boston, narrated by Matt Damon, My Voice, My Life, documentary directed by Oscar-winner Ruby Yang.


Peter Gerard (Head of Growth at Welcome, Former Vimeo GM & VP of Entertainment, Founder of Distrify and Accidental Media)

Loretta Harms, director of the Sundance Film Festival selection Lambert and Stamp, released by Sony Picture Classics

Josh Folan - (producer) Ask for Jane, theatrical release in NYC and LA May of 2019, SXSW audience award winner The Light of the Moon, theatrical release 2017, Tribeca best actor award winner Nobody’s Watching, 2015 Slamdance selection BODY

Alyssa Rallo Bennett (Filmmaker, Producer and Co-Founder of Stonestreet Studios) Credits include ReRUN, starring Christopher Lloyd, Rain Without Thunder starring Jeff Daniels, Linda Hunt, and The Pack(Tribeca Film Festival), which stars Lucie Arnaz, Elisabeth Moss, Zach Galligan. Rain was theatrically released and distributed by Orion Classics, featured in over a dozen major international film festivals from the Berlin Film Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival, distributed by Warner Brothers and available now on Amazon Prime.

Jacob Kreuger - screenwriter of the Emmy Award Winning “The Matthew Shepard Story” , which won him the Writers Guild of America Paul Selvin Award and a Gemini Nomination for Best Screenplay.

David Allensworth - Former executive at Viacom, MTV, VH1 Networks and writer/director of the horror thriller Soul To Keep, available on Itunes, Amazon, Google Play, Comcast, Verizon Fios, XBox, Playstation, FandangoNow, Vudu, RedBox, DirectTV, Cox Cable and more...

Claude Kerven - Director, Saturday Night Live: Over 30 film and video segments, Starstruck(ABC) - Won Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Entertainment Special , High School Narc (Nominated for Directors Guild of America Award), CINEMAX COMEDY EXPERIMENT: Birthday Boy, with Jim Belushi - Nominated for ACE (Cable TV) Award, CBS MORNING SPECIALS: Jeeter Mason and the Magic Headset, Columbus Circle, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, EDITOR of Candy Store (28 minutes) - Academy Award for Best Dramatic Student Film, WRITER of MORTAL THOUGHTS (co-written with William Reilly), starring Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Glenne Headly, and Harvey Keitel. Released by Columbia Pictures, THE SHADOW WAR (co-written with Dan Cahill). Universal Studios, DARKMAN sequel, CIRCUS OF FEAR (co-written with Dan Cahill). Renaissance Pictures, Universal Studios.

Emily Bunnell, Director of Development for 2 time Emmy Winner Gigantic! Productions

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 and finalists of the feature length, short screenplay and TV/web series pilot script competition 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 and finalists 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, 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.



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 January 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.



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.


Overall Rating
  • The screening had a great audience and the line up was good. The venue is lovely as well.

    March 2019
  • I was honored to have my short film “Acceptables” chosen for the Festival’s Winter Edition. Everyone was very friendly. The SVA Theatre was lovely. We had a group Q&A after the screening. All the films in my block were great quality and entertaining. Great communication.

    February 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!

  • Joe Starzyk

    Love the Big Apple. Friendly folks who stay in touch.

    February 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Courtney Sposato

    Great place to have the world premiere of our short film.

    February 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Lynnsey Ooten

    My first festival experience was with BAFF and what a joy it was to be included! Jonathan Lipp is a master at running this festival - great facilities, supportive community and the staff was phenomenally helpful. My team was so thrilled to have our web series, SCRiBBLES, make it's world premiere here and we won Best Web Series.

    All filmmakers should absolutely submit to this festival - it's a delight.

    February 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!