The Bowery Film Festival in NYC is determined to bring about a cinematic revolution unseen since the 70’s, striving to discover a new wave of renegade filmmakers creating raw, gritty, funny, and bombastic art in one of the most culturally rich and progressive neighborhoods in New York City. Our mission is simple: to showcase works from filmmakers of all walks of life regardless of gender, race, age, creed, sexual orientation, or political affiliation and provide them with a platform to jumpstart their careers.

In 2019, BFF was mentioned in the New York Times for its radical kick ass opening night party at the hip Katra Lounge on the Bowery. New York Magazine says that we provide “great opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to network and establish street cred over booze… with radical lineups and local flavors.” HoneySuckle Magazine agrees “an incredible night of groundbreaking, heartbreaking, and hilarious films… remaining true to its Bowery roots and foraging ahead in new territory – exactly what the festival’s namesake neighborhood is known for.” Finally, NY1’s Emmy-Award winning reporter Cheryl Wills noted in a live coverage, the “Bowery Film Festival is hot on movies that are adventurous and have shock value.”

Located in one of the oldest thoroughfares in NYC, the Bowery is known by its singular namesake where world-renowned artists have lived, created and thrived…The Bowery also marked the eastern border of the "Five Points" slum popularized in the movie Gangs of New York. Home to Martin Scorsese, William Burroughs, and the Punk Rock Scene, the Bowery is one of the great highways of humanity, a highway of seething life, varied interests, fun, diverse culture, art, and rock-and-roll.

Bowery Film Festival hosts live screening events in movie theaters, unique spaces and historical venues on the Bowery along with Q&A with filmmakers and the opportunity to network at our opening and closing night parties. We have over $20,000 in total prizes and the bragging rights of having screened on the Bowery!


All genres/forms accepted. Seeking Feature Films, Short Films, Web Series, Documentary, Music Videos, Experimental Works, Animation, and Video Art. We accept works-in-progress.

Although we have no premiere policy, works must have been completed after January 1, 2017. All foreign-language works MUST be subtitled in English to be considered.

1. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2018.
- Although we prefer New York Premieres, there is no premiere policy.
- Works-in-progress are accepted.

2. Exhibition Format: h.264 Quicktime file

3. Submitters understand that submission of their work authorizes Bowery Film Festival to screen the work, and use the work for any exhibition, education and/or publicity purposes related to Bowery Film Festival. Bowery Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work. Submitters may receive future correspondence from the Bowery Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Melissa Purner

    Bowery Film Festival was the perfect way for our creative team to end our festival year! We are so grateful and appreciative that The Tampon was able to participate and to screen our film. The caliber of films and filmmakers was beyond our wildest expectations. Our only regret was not being able to attend the festival in-person due to the pandemic. We cannot wait to bring our next film back to the festival!

    January 2021
  • Nicholas Marchetti

    They put together a very solid program in this very difficult year. I'm looking forward to what they do next year!

    January 2021
  • Shara Ashley Zeiger

    What a wonderful fest! Really great films, some fun events, and their awards are AMAZING! (gear, subscriptions, rentals, etc.)

    March 2020
  • The Bowery Film Festival was a blast to attend! Since it's they're 2nd year, they still have a lot to improve on, but nonetheless it's handled pretty well by the runners.
    This festival's got a bright future ahead of it, and it's something that filmmakers around the world should consider submitting to.

    November 2019
  • Andrea Holz

    Great festival, amazing people, cool prizes. It was an honor to have my work showcased in such an amazing block of films.

    November 2019