The Chelsea Film Festival is an organization dedicated to supporting films and the artists who create them by providing a creative forum for exchange and discovery with the public.

The Festival will attract filmmakers, artists and audience members from across North America and around the globe. It will premiere independent feature-length, documentaries and short films with a Global Focus.

Chelsea Film Festival aims to raise an awareness about foreign independent films and discover upcoming talents.

The Chelsea Film Festival is an international film platform for world lovers.


Chelsea Film Festival 7th Edition

Entries must be New York City premieres and have been completed in 2018 or 2019. Films shown in other festivals or public screenings in New York are not eligible for consideration (The Committee reserves the right to waive this rule in the case of small non-commercial, non-publicized showings).

Work can be submitted on DVD or streaming video. DVD submissions will not be returned.

Exhibition Format authorized: DCP or Blu-ray.

Feature-length Films and Documentaries must be between 80 -150 minutes maximum.

Short Films must be between 3-20 minutes maximum.

Virtual Reality: under 15 minutes (VR competition is a separate category)

Films must not have been released on any online platforms prior to the Festival (i.e. Amazon, iTunes, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.)

Films in any language other than English must be subtitled in English.

Theme: Global Issues

Overall Rating
  • It was a great festival! We got to network with industry professionals, will definitely recommend the festival to fellow filmmakers! Thank you again for having us this year!

    December 2018
  • Romina Schwedler

    Loved the fest! Beautiful program, awesome venue, amazing panels. I made great connections and had a blast! Thank you so much Ingrid, Sonia and team for all your hard work!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Romina for your thoughtful message! We can't wait to welcome you next year. Stay in touch!!

  • Tyrone Dangerfield

    This was a great festival. The hospitality was the best. Great communication and the level of professionalism was first class! Everyone should submit to this festival!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Tyrone, we hope to welcome you with another film and wish you a great success in your career!

  • Wendy Stuart Kaplan

    The Chelsea Film Festival is deeply committed to showing diverse independent films on a truly global platform. It is a film festival that explores world and cultural issues both in narrative and documentary films. This was our second year in this festival and we won Best Documentary Short. Based in NYC this festival is extremely well attended and very entertaining for the audiences that support it. As film makers we were honored to be part of The Chelsea Film Festival and look forward to being a part of it in the future. Sonia and Ingrid Jean-Baptiste because of their commitment and passion for film and film makers have created an exceptional festival.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Wendy!! We appreciate your feedback!!

  • Ian Stack

    WOW! What a truly incredible festival experience. As a filmmaker, seeing your film being played in the heart of Manhattan amongst such talented indie artists, it was definitely a dream come true. I thank you Chelsea Film Festival staff for all the work you put in and making this festival both enjoyable and super beneficial to attend. The panels were absolutely incredible and networking beyond helpful. THANK YOU!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Oh thank you so much Ian, it was lovely having you premiere your film with us this year!! We can't wait for you to come back with a feature film. Good luck with everything you do!