Big Apple Film Festival is expanding to LOS ANGELES!

Big Apple Film Festival (LOS ANGELES EDITION), takes place at the world famous Landmark Cinemas in the heart of LA.

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 Los Angeles independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world.

The festival offers a variety of film screenings and special LA film premieres, as well as a screenplay competition.

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...

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...

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
PIX News
New York 1
AM New York
And more..

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


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.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Web Series

1. Big Apple Film Festival (LOS ANGELES EDITION) accepts submissions for feature films, short films, feature documentaries, short documentaries, web series, feature length screenplays, short screenplays, television/web series/episodic pilot scripts.
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. Web series episodes must be under 60 minutes

1. Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts feature length screenplays, short scripts and TV/web series/episodic 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 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 (LOS ANGELES EDITION). No revisions or updated copies will be accepted.
8. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Great and professional festival. Proud for being semi-finalist. Big thanks.

    April 2020
  • Daniel Talbott

    The Big Apple folks are awesome and I can't wait to be able to check out the LA version of the fest when we're allowed to get together again.

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Daniel!

  • Maggie Politi

    We loved having BFF get it's NYC premiere at The Big Apple Festival. They had great communication leading up to it, with lots of promoting on Instagram. They had a great step & repeat & a thoughtful talk back afterwards. The theatre was very clean, big, & nice:) Thanks for a great time & thanks for honoring women in film!

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • This festival was a great experience. Well organized, very professional, with great communication from the organizers. I highly recommend it to filmmakers and writers. My script THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL won Best Screenplay and the value and honor of winning in a prestigious New York festival is unsurpassed.

    January 2019
  • Absolutely the best film festival! The best communicators. The Best Director. The best judges. The best films. BAFF is the real deal. Real recognition. Real prizes. Honest people promoting the best stories.

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!