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 and promoting the highest quality films from the independent film community. 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...

PREVIOUS HONORARY GUESTS AND AWARD RECIPIENTS

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

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..

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 (Top 4 feature length screenplay winners will receive cash awards and publicity in industry trades, including INKTIP, and Grand Prize winning short script will be produced into a short film to premiere at the Big Apple Film Festival! Additional 4 short script finalists will receive cash awards)

GENERAL RULES

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 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 or DVD in NTSC format

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

8. ALL SUBMISSION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION RULES AND REGULATIONS:

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.
BIG APPLE FILM FESTIVAL OWNS ALL RIGHTS TO THE COMPLETED SHORT FILM.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION RULES

1. The photographer(s) must be the author(s) of the pictures submitted in his/her/their name

2. The photographer(s), or the agent or representative entering on their behalf, must be the copyright holder(s) or have been authorized by the copyright holder(s) to submit the pictures.

3. Pictures can be submitted whether or not they have been published.

4. Upload images with the original pixel size (unless cropped). Do not scale and do not change the resolution.

5. Must be uploaded in JPEG format with high quality compression.

6. Copyright holders retain copyright of their work.

7. The copyright holders represent and warrant that submission of the pictures does not breach any law, and further that no third party can hold any claims or any objections regarding the rights granted to Big Apple Film Festival, LLC. The copyright holders will hold Big Apple Film Festival, LLC harmless of any claims from third parties related hereto.

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  • 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
  • Liam Parry

    It was truly a delight to be shown with such high caliber work and network with such a great group of people. Highly worth the submission fee. Plus - New York!!

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Misha Calvert

    Awesome festival!! I love their enthusiasm and taste in selections. The programmers and festival staff were really lovely to communicate with as well. AND WHAT AN AMAZING VENUE! I will definitely be applying here again!

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Romina Schwedler

    Loved the fest! Great team, top venue, amazing networking. Had a blast. Definitely recommend :)

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Bob Celli

    This is a festival that completely respects the film. I have been part of this festival twice and both times the venues have been fantastic. They respect the work filmmakers put in and screen films so they look and sound amazing.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you!