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 Fifth Edition of the annual Film Festival will take place at Cinepolis and FIT in the Chelsea neighborhood from October 18-21, 2018.

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 5th Edition

Entries must be New York City premieres and have been completed in 2017 or 2018. 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
  • Carmen Molinar

    I met the organizer in Cannes where I ve been with my DRAMA SHORT MARTHA, and Ingrid invited me to submit. I could not go myself this year, cause I¡ve been filming. But the communication was perfect and I hope to bee another year with another film...

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your review! We appreciate it and hope to welcome you to CFF soon.

  • Fun festival with a great, varied selection of films. Fun parties/networking events. Great venues for screening!

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Chelese!! We love having you!!

  • This was a very well-executed and planned festival! This year's focus on climate change was very relevant to today's current issues and having the festival spread awareness on this was one of the best accomplishments I've seen from a festival to date!

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Max for your feedback! We hope to continue to use our platform to raise awareness about our world's pressing issues! It was great having you! Please submit again next year.

  • Cohen Bacry Jaques Samuel

    Very good energy and good meeting

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Jacques! We hope to see you next year with a new film.

  • Michael Thomas Cain

    Overall, great, upscale festival. They do a great job at selecting quality films with important messages. Great opportunity for filmmakers to network and enjoy a variety of activities. We were honored to have the NY Premiere of our short film Eliminated at the Chelsea Film Festival.

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Michael! It was great to have you! We hope to welcome your next film in 2018. Please remember to submit to CHELSEA :)