Each fall, the Big Eddy Film Festival in Narrowsburg, NY advances the traditional art of storytelling by screening the newest and best independent films from around the world and our own backyard. Produced by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, the festival draws filmmakers and film lovers to a picturesque Catskill Mountains setting with a unique creative upstate energy.

2022 marks the 11th anniversary for the Big Eddy Film Festival! We are excited to welcome submissions from talented filmmakers and storytellers!

The Big Eddy hosts visiting artists, presenting an average of 30 fiction and non-fiction films and offers a variety of exciting events throughout Sullivan County, New York. In addition to screenings at the Art-Deco style Tusten Theatre (Narrowsburg, NY) and outdoor screenings at world class Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel, NY), the festival hosts panels, workshops, and brunches where filmmakers can share ideas and audiences can glimpse into the creative process behind the films.

Special guests of the festival have included Dylan Baker, Debra Winger, Timothy Busfield, Melissa Gilbert, Richard Masur, Ben Younger and many more.

Audience Award, Feature Film
Shorts Award

Submissions are open to fiction and nonfiction films and videos of all styles, subjects, and lengths. All films selected for screening will be notified of their status by September 1, 2022. The filmmaker agrees to be responsible for all shipping and insurance costs for shipping materials to the festival office.

If accepted for screening, your film will screen September 16 - 18, 2022 as part of the Big Eddy Film Film Festival.

ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Should the 2022 Big Eddy Film Festival be canceled or postponed because of an act of God, natural disaster, epidemic, or for any other reason beyond our control, submission fees cannot be refunded.

Films of a completion date between 2019 and 2022 are eligible for submission. Rare exceptions are made for films with a strong local connection to Sullivan County, NY.

Preview screeners and exhibition prints must either be in English or have English subtitles.

Rough cuts are accepted for entry at the final deadline only. If you are submitting a rough cut, make sure it is indicated as such. Include the intended final running time and work remaining to be completed with your entry.

Entering filmmakers must have one of the following formats available by September 1, 2022, if accepted, for screening at the festival. Blu-Ray or h.264 (.mp4) file.

DCP is NOT an accepted screening format.

You are responsible for updating Big Eddy directly regarding any change to your contact information and ensuring that emails from tina@delawarevalleyartsalliance.org are not blocked by spam filters.

Big Eddy requires an online screener to be uploaded to Vimeo (password protected private link), Youtube (unlisted link), or the FilmFreeway video player. If you absolutely cannot upload your film please email tina@delawarevalleyartsalliance.org for instructions on mailing a physical screener.

All entry deadlines are postmark deadlines. Entries postmarked after the final deadline may not be considered. Submission fees are non-refundable.

By submitting this film, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

I am currently the copyright owner of this work. Should ownership or rights to my film change, this agreement to screen at the 2022 Big Eddy Film Festival, if accepted, will be upheld and not be infringed. I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this film to the Big Eddy Film Festival and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true; This film contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever; If this film is selected for screening at Big Eddy, I grant Big Eddy the right to screen this film in Sullivan County, New York in September 2022; I understand and agree that this film entry, if selected for the Big Eddy, may be used for promotional purposes for the Festival, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, or its partners and I grant Big Eddy and its partners the rights to use up to two minutes of footage, photographic stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes; I fully indemnify and hold Big Eddy and its partners harmless from: a) damage to or loss of the film print or videotapes en route to or from Big Eddy or during the course of festival possession of the entry; and b) from any claims which may arise in connection with this documentary film. If a claim arises in connection with this film, I will bear all the costs of defense incurred by Big Eddy and pay any award of damages which may ensue. I also agree to reimburse Big Eddy for any attorney fees incurred in connection with the defense of such a claim. I understand that Big Eddy reserves the right to place my film in the appropriate competition category. By submitting my film, I am indicating that I understand, comply with and agree to the Terms of Entry and the eligibility requirements.

Overall Rating
  • Lance Kramer

    I love this festival! I had such a wonderful time in town. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a beautiful space. The grounds are extraordinary to walk around, and the performance spaces are great venues to experience a documentary. The reception and screening were really excellent. I was impressed with the turnout, especially given all the COVID considerations. The moderation/conversation was great and I was impressed how many people stayed to participate and engage in the post-screening dialogue. Also, the hotel was BEAUTIFUL. Festival organizers are very communicative and really take care of the filmmakers and make people feel welcome and appreciated. Highly recommend this festival!

    October 2021
  • Loring Murtha

    A beautiful festival! The communication was great, the venue was gorgeous and were thrilled to be included! We certainly will be submitting in the future and encourage everyone else to do the Same!

    October 2021