Big Apple Film Festival (Fall Edition) takes place in the heart of NYC, with film screenings taking place at the state of the art AMC Empire Theaters in Times Square. The venue has been home to red carpet premieres, awards shows, film festivals, conferences and theatrical events. The cinema complex presents mainstream, independent and IMAX films on 25 screens.

In addition to film screenings, the festival includes a Screenplay Competition, an Agents and Managers Networking Lab, Film Distribution Summit and Industry Networking Panels.

PARTICIPATING DISTRIBUTION SUMMIT REPRESENTATIVES AND SALES AGENTS:
Area23a Films
Homestead Entertainment
1091 Pictures
FilmRise
Gravitas Ventures
Bleecker Street Media, LLC
Codeblack Films
Visit Films (sales agency)
Susanne Jacobson (theatrical sales agent)
Argot Pictures
CEO of LOL Entertainment (founded by comedian Kevin Hart)
Porter Pictures
Access Entertainment (sales agency)
ShortsTV
Gary Rubin (Sales Agent)
More to be Announced...

PARTICIPATING AGENTS AND MANAGER NETWORKING LAB REPRESENTATIVES:
Roy Ashton (Partner and Agent, The Gersh Agency)
Sydney Kobil (Agent, WME)
Michael Klein (Talent Manager, Magnolia Entertainment)
Lee Stobby (President and Talent Manager, Stobby Entertainment)

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.

ALUMNI include films released theatrically and by distributors such as Netflix, Showtime, IFC, Hulu, Amazon, Apple TV and more, as well as filmmakers and cast that are Academy Award and Golden Globe nominees, Independent Spirit Award nominees, Writers Guild of America and Producers Guild of America nominees, SAG Award winners and nominees (visit bigapplefilmfestival.com for a list of highlighted alumni films).

PREVIOUS HONORARY GUESTS AND AWARD RECIPIENTS INCLUDE:
Jesse Eisenberg(Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee)
David Krumholtz (SAG Award nominee, HBO's "The White House Plumbers", "The Deuce", Academy Award nominee "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs")
Cuba Gooding Jr.(Academy Award winner)
Morgan Spurlock(Academy Award nominee, WGA Award winner)
Alan Cumming(Tony Award and Independent Spirit Award winner)
Producer Robert Paradiso (The Thomas Crowne Affair, Annie, Tony and Tina's Wedding, City by the Sea)
Actress/Comedian Kim Wayans
Doug Roland (Academy Award nominated filmmaker)
Academy Award winning screenwriter Jose Rivera
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 (Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award nominee)
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 live theatrical screenings in NYC, followed by post screening filmmaker Q and A's.

All selected films will be eligible for an award in their respective category.

ABOUT OUR SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:

Credits of our readers/judges include script readers and analysts who have provided coverage for outlets including:

HBO, Sony International, Amazon and Sundance Feature Lab, instructor for UCLA MFA program, as well as mentor for CineStory TV writers program, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Academy Nicholl Fellowship, NBC/Universal Studios Writers Program, Writers Guild of America-West, Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Competition, Warner Brothers, New Line Cinemas, NBCUniversal, and analysts who have consulted writers who have placed as Academy Nicholl Fellowship semifinalists.

Additional readers include writers, directors and producers who have had films produced and released by Disney, Starz Network, Warner Bros., ABC, Spike TV, The
Weinstein Company, Paramount and HBO and more...

PREVIOUS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS AND FINALISTS INCLUDE: Shia LaBeouf (SAG Award, People's Choice Award and Independent Spirit Award nominee), Ron Friedman(Emmy nominee and WGA Award winner), Jyllian Gunther(Emmy Award winner, producer for NBC, ABC, A&E), Henry Sarwer-Foner(Directors Guild of Canada Award nominee), Daniel Talbott (writer ABC's "The Conners", "The Mist" produced by The Weinstein Company and Spike TV), Michael Vaynberg (writer/director Cannes Film Festival selection "9.8 m/s²"), Shruti Tewari (member of the Sundance Collab Directing Program), Bill Brock (Semi-Finalist - Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest), Ken Krauss (writer "Tom, Dick, & Harriet" - Hallmark Channel), Kevin Emerson (author of over twenty novels published by HarperCollins, Random House, Scholastic), Linda Shayne (writer/director "Undercover Kid" released by WARNER BROTHERS, HBO Family, "Little Ghost,” distributed by PARAMOUNT video airing on HBO), Chris Phillips (Finalist - Sundance Institute Development Track, Award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting-New York International Fringe Festival), Maia Henkin (Second Round Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, repped by Abrams Artists Agency), and many more...

SCREENPLAY AWARDS:
Screenplay winners in each category will receive small group meetings with established producers and other industry representatives. These meetings are designed to provide winning screenwriters with direct access and live interaction with industry professionals to provide strategies, guidance and mentorship to emerging screenwriters. Conferences take place virtually allowing participants to join remotely. BAFF's network of speakers in previous events have included representatives from: HBO, NBCUniversal, Academy Award winning Killer Films, William Morris Endeavor Agency, The Gersh Agency, Magnolia Pictures, 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), Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning filmmakers, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning screenwriters, Fimmakers with projects released through Sony, Disney, Lions Gate, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon Studios, Hulu, and theatrically, as well as staff writers for CBS, ABC, Lifetime, and more...

Winning screenplays will be promoted to Big Apple Film Festival's list of alumni filmmakers, many of which include filmmakers who have had film released theatrically, as well as on numerous major distribution platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, iTunes, NBCUniveral and more...

Screenplay Competition winners will receive a complimentary all access badge to Big Apple Film Festival events, including screenings, networking conferences and receptions.

Winners will receive a complimentary InkTip listing, which will provide access to InkTip's entire network of producers, filmmakers, agents and managers. Producers have made over 400 films discovered thru InkTip.

ABOUT OUR INDUSTRY NETWORKING CONFERENCES:

All submitters to the festival will receive COMPLIMENTARY admission to the BAFF Networking conferences taking place in conjunction with the 2021 Big Apple Film Festival (Fall Edition).

The purpose of the conferences 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.

BAFF's network of speakers in previous events have included: representatives from HBO, NBCUniversal, staff writers from CBS, ABC, and Lifetime, 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), Endeavor Content, Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning filmmakers, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning screenwriters, Filmmakers with projects released through Sony Pictures, Disney, LionsGate, Warner Brothers, Showtime, Amazon Studios, Netflix and Hulu, Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW alumni and more…

SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN OCTOBER...

AGENTS AND MANAGERS NETWORKING LABS:

Separate from our screenplay competition, filmmakers and screenwriters may submit their work to our Agents and Managers Networking Labs. The purpose of these labs is to provide writers and filmmakers currently seeking representation, with direct access and networking opportunities with top agents and managers to discuss their projects and receive valuable feedback.

PARTICIPATING AGENTS AND MANAGERS:
Roy Ashton (Partner, The Gersh Agency)
Sydney Kobil (Agent, WME)
Michael Klein (Manager, Magnolia Entertainment)
Lee Stobby (President, Stobby Entertainment)

FILM DISTRIBUTION SUMMIT:
Selected filmmakers and winning screenwriters will receive complimentary admission to the BAFF Film Distribution Summit. The purpose of this event is to provide filmmakers with feedback, strategies and guidance from established distribution companies and sales agents as they begin the process of of securing distribution for their projects. Participating distributors have had vast experience in releasing films on major streaming platforms, TV/cable networks, as well as theatrically.

PARTICIPATING DISTRIBUTORS AND SALES AGENTS:
Area23a Films
Homestead Entertainment
1091 Pictures
FilmRise
Gravitas Ventures
Bleecker Street Media, LLC
Codeblack Films
Visit Films (sales agency)
Susanne Jacobson (theatrical sales agent)
Argot Pictures
CEO of LOL Entertainment (founded by comedian Kevin Hart)
Porter Pictures
Access Entertainment (sales agency)
ShortsTV
Gary Rubin (Sales Agent)
More to be Announced...

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, festival dates, location and/or format are subject to change.

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

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION AWARDS:
Screenplay winners in each category will receive small group meetings with established producers and other industry representatives. These meetings are designed to provide winning screenwriters with direct access and live interaction with industry professionals to provide strategies, guidance and mentorship to emerging screenwriters. Conferences take place virtually allowing participants to join remotely. BAFF's network of speakers in previous events have included representatives from: HBO, NBCUniversal, Academy Award winning Killer Films, William Morris Endeavor Agency, The Gersh Agency, Magnolia Pictures, 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), Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning filmmakers, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning screenwriters, Fimmakers with projects released through Sony, Disney, Lions Gate, HBO, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon Studios, Hulu, and theatrically, as well as staff writers for CBS, ABC, Lifetime, and more...

Winning screenplays will be promoted to Big Apple Film Festival's list of alumni filmmakers, many of which include filmmakers who have had film released theatrically, as well as on numerous major distribution platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, iTunes, NBCUniveral and more...

Screenplay Competition winners will receive a complimentary all access badge to Big Apple Film Festival events, including screenings, networking conferences and receptions.

Winners will receive a complimentary InkTip listing, which will provide access to InkTip's entire network of producers, filmmakers, agents and managers. Producers have made over 400 films discovered thru InkTip.

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 January 1, 2020

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. BAFF will present selected films as a live in person event, with additional selections to be presented virtually. All submitted films will be considered for our live event and/or virtual screenings section.

9. ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

10. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, festival dates, location and/or format are subject to change.

11. Please be sure to read all rules and regulations prior to submitting your project.

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR FEATURE LENGTH SCREENPLAYS, SHORT SCRIPTS AND TV/EPISODIC PILOT SCRIPTS:

1. Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts feature length screenplays, short scripts and TV/episodic pilot scripts. Feature length scripts must be a minimum of 60 pages and no longer than 150 pages. Short script submissions and TV/Episodc 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.

9. Please be sure to read all rules and regulations prior to submitting your project.

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  • Aidan Singer

    This is a top 20 festival on a website 10,000 festivals. It was such an honor to win for best TV Pilot Script (Comedy). The series is a huge passion project of mine, and I’m glad others were able to see my vision.

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Aidan!

  • Anne H

    It was an honor to be recognized in such a prestigious competition for my writing in my own home town, The Big Apple. Thank you. Patricia Hayes

    July 2021
  • Chris Oledude


    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of the Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants!  To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself.
    We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common to many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future. Peace and stay safe!

    July 2021
  • JERZY KOWYNIA

    It really very encouraging being noticed by your festival. For quite long time I am impressed by assistance which you give to the filmmakers. Thank you very much and good luck. To the next time.

    June 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jerzy!

  • Matt Cochran

    We were thrilled to have our film ITCH be included in the horror program, doubly so to have it screened live at the SVA theater. Fantastic communication throughout the entire experience.

    June 2021