Big Apple Film Festival (Fall Edition) will present theatrical screenings November 14-18 in the heart of NYC, with industry networking conferences taking place as well throughout the week.

In addition to film screenings, the festival includes a Screenplay Competition, Agents and Managers Conference, Agents and Managers Networking Lab, Film Distribution Summit, Networking with Streamers and Showrunners, along with Screenwriting, Directing, Casting and Producing Mentorship Labs, as well as Awards Presentation and Reception.

FILM FESTIVAL AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION JURORS INCLUDE:

Writers, Directors and/or Producers who have developed projects for:

Netflix
Hulu
Warner Bros.
Disney
Apple TV
Twentieth Century Fox
CBS
Paramount
HBO
NBCUniversal
and more...

​Agents and Managers from the following companies:
Anonymous Content
APA

AGENTS AND MANAGERS CONFERENCES AND NETWORKING LABS:

Big Apple Film Festival is proud to present our Industry Networking Conferences, which includes our Agents and Managers Conference. These conferences provide career advice, strategies, guidance and networking opportunities with top agents and managers representing filmmakers and screenwriters. The conferences will assist filmmakers and writers in strategies for acquiring representation, selling/option/licensing scripts and film projects to streaming networks, production companies and distributors.

PARTICIPATING AGENTS AND MANAGERS HAVE INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM:
WME
The Gersh Agency
APA
Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates
A3
Kaplan Stahler Agency
Anonymous Content
3 Arts Entertainment
Crystal Ship Artists
Entertainment Lab
Magnolia Entertainment
Culture Creative Entertainment
Meridian Artists
Stobby Entertainment
Sweet 180 Management
The Jackson Agency
Alexander Creatives

(NOTE: Fall 2022 Participating Agents and Managers will be announced this summer)

AGENTS AND MANAGERS NETWORKING LAB
Additionally, separate from our film festival and 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 through small group meetings with selected agents and managers to discuss and pitch their projects and receive valuable feedback. Labs will take place virtually allowing all selected participants to join remotely. (NOTE: Agents and Managers Lab Selections are separate from our film festival and screenplay competition selections).

PARTICIPATING MENTORS IN OUR AGENTS AND MANAGERS NETWORKING LAB INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM:
The Gersh Agency
APA
Stobby Entertainment

(Last season's Agents and Managers Conferences, and Networking Labs resulted in numerous writers receiving script requests)

"I wanted to thank you, I have signed with an agent. I met her because of the Big Apple Film Festival" - Andrea Careri (BAFF screenplay winner, Agents and Managers Conference participant).

BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL
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.

"According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, Big Apple Film Festival ranks in the top 1% of more than 10,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world." -FilmFreeway

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, AWARD RECIPIENTS AND VIP ATTENDEES INCLUDE:
Kevin Bacon (Golden Globe and SAG award winner)
Kyra Sedgwick (Emmy and Golden Globe winner)
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)
Matthew Rhys(Emmy Award winner, Golden Globe nominee, SAG Award nominee)
Morgan Spurlock(Academy Award nominee, WGA Award winner)
Alan Cumming(Tony Award and Independent Spirit Award winner)
Actress/Comedian Kim Wayans
Doug Roland (Academy Award nominated filmmaker)
Academy Award winning screenwriter Jose Rivera
Jerry Stiller
Olympia Dukakis(Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner)
Kevin Corrigan
Mario Cantone
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.

ABOUT OUR SCREENPLAY COMPETITION:

Big Apple Film Festival script entries are reviewed by readers who have had experience in either one or more of the following areas: screenwriting, film production, creative writing, film festival programming, film and/or screenwriting review and analysis, film, screenwriting and/or creative writing education.

FILM FESTIVAL AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION JURORS INCLUDE:

Writers, Directors and/or Producers who have developed projects for:

Netflix
Hulu
Warner Bros.
Disney
Apple TV
Twentieth Century Fox
CBS
Paramount
HBO
NBCUniversal
and more...

​Agents and Managers from the following companies:
Anonymous Content
APA

EXAMPLES OF CREDITS OF OUR FILM FESTIVAL JURORS AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION JUDGES INCLUDE:

-Academy Award nominated writer/director

-Independent Spirit Award nominated Producer who has developed projects for Netflix, Hulu, Sony Pictures, IFC, Warner Bros, New Line Cinema and more...

-Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner who has written and produced for studios and networks including HBO, Disney, Hulu, Paramount, Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal, CBS, and SyFy

-Senior Director at NBCUniversal

-Script analyst who has 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

-Former executive at HBO, Creative Consultant for Sony, Amazon, Emmy Juror

​Literary Manager from Anonymous Content

Literary Agent from APA

and many more...

"Since being a finalist with Big Apple, I was signed by A3 (Abrams) and have taken meetings with Starz, Lionsgate, and Anonymous Content (among others). I was also recently a Semi-Finalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab!" -Maia Henkin

"My feature script The Tenant recently became a finalist in the Big Apple Film Festival. This accolade moved my script onto Coverfly's Red List. This helped in querying representation and getting signed by a literary manager."
-Janet J. Lawler

PREVIOUS SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS AND FINALISTS INCLUDE: Shia LaBeouf (SAG Award, People's Choice Award and Independent Spirit Award nominee), Caytha Jentis(written/directed/produced projects for HBO, Amazon), 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...

ABOUT OUR INDUSTRY NETWORKING CONFERENCES:

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 and networking sessions.

BAFF's network of speakers in previous events have included: representatives from HBO, NBCUniversal, literary agencies including WME, The Gersh Agency, etc., 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 THIS SUMMER...

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

FILM AWARDS:
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 COMPETITION AWARDS:
Screenplay winners in each category will receive small group meetings with established producers and other industry representatives. These industry professionals will be selected from BAFF alumni and other members of our industry network (screenplay winners will receive information on this year's selected industry reps in the weeks following the festival).

Our network of professionals from previous years have included representatives from: HBO, NBCUniversal, Academy Award winning Killer Films, William Morris Endeavor Agency, The Gersh Agency, APA 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...

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.

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...

Winners will receive a complimentary all access badge to Big Apple Film Festival events, including film screenings, Agents and Managers Conferences, Distribution Summit, 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.

"Since being a finalist with Big Apple, I was signed by A3 (Abrams) and have taken meetings with Starz, Lionsgate, and Anonymous Content (among others). I was also recently a Semi-Finalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab!" -Maia Henkin

"My feature script The Tenant recently became a finalist in the Big Apple Film Festival. This accolade moved my script onto Coverfly's Red List. This helped in querying representation and getting signed by a literary manager."
-Janet J. Lawler

AGENTS AND MANAGERS NETWORKING LAB
Selections of our Agents and Managers Networking Lab will receive small group meetings with selected agents and managers to discuss and pitch their projects, ask questions and receive valuable feedback. Meetings will take place virtually allowing all participants to join remotely. (NOTE: Agents and Managers Lab Selections are separate from our film festival and screenplay competition selections).

PARTICIPATING MENTORS IN OUR AGENTS AND MANAGERS NETWORKING LAB INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM:
The Gersh Agency
APA
Stobby Entertainment

(Last season's Agents and Managers Conferences, and Networking Labs resulted in numerous writers receiving script requests)

"I wanted to thank you, I have signed with an agent. I met her because of the Big Apple Film Festival" - Andrea Careri (BAFF screenplay winner, Agents and Managers Conference participant).

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, 2021.

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 possible 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.

12. Same rules for Big Apple Film Festival entries also apply to our Agents and Managers Networking Lab entries. (NOTE: Agents and Managers Lab Selections are separate from our film festival and screenplay competition selections)

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 series/episodic pilot scripts. Feature length scripts must be a minimum of 60 pages and no longer than 150 pages. Short script submissions and series/episodic 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.

10. Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition rules also apply to our Agents and Managers Networking Lab entries.

11. (NOTE: Agents and Managers Lab Selections are separate from our film festival and screenplay competition selections).

Overall Rating
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  • Patrícia Saldanha

    It was great. I enjoyed to participate!

    August 2022
  • Angela Sutherland

    A great festival! Thank you for the selection!

    August 2022
  • Shahnam Sojoudizadeh

    It is a matter of pride that the screenplay (Azadeh) with the theme of freedom and litigation and the fight against modern slavery has been noticed by the respected jury of the prestigious and professional Big Apple film Festival and has won an award.🏆🌟🍻🙏💐

    July 2022
  • I appreciate being able to attend the agent presentations remotely.

    July 2022
  • Cristina Rodríguez

    A really reliable contest! And fast and good communication

    July 2022