The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) has been selected in the "TOP 10 BEST FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA" (#6) by USA Today in 2019 among 19 other film festivals in the USA.

CFF 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.

There are 20+ awards in each category Short and Feature-Length (Best actor, actress, supporting actor, actress, screenplay, documentary, director, Best Picture).


Chelsea Film Festival 9th Edition

Entries must be New York City premieres and have been completed in 2020 or 2021. 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 only be submitted via streaming video.

Exhibition Format authorized: DCP

Feature-length Films and Documentaries must be between 90 minutes maximum and not less than 60 minutes.

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. Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.)

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

Theme: Global Issues

Submissions are not refundable.

Force Majeur Clause: Due to Covid-19 pandemic and unforeseen outcome, the Chelsea Film Festival reserves the right to postpone or move the event to a digital platform if necessary.

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Overall Rating
  • Laura Pellegrini & Stefano Da Frè

    Having been a guest at the Chelsea Film Festival last eight years I can say this is a Top 10 festival in the world. Laura Pellegrini & myself have always felt Ingrid & Sonia have put the focus on the right stuff: The Filmmakers. Making their work seen, and importantly helping to put them in a room - to make the "right connections'. The care is outstanding. The Venues are top. And the Jury is always high quality. I recommend this festival highly -
    Stefano Da Frè,
    Rosso Films International

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Stefano for your words of encouragement! Indeed, you have been a part of the Chelsea family for the past 8 years now. Time flies. We look forward to continuing our mission!

  • The Chelsea Film Festival was an experience like no other! Ingrid and the CFF team designed a seamless online festival from start to finish, complete with exciting events, networking groups, professional development opportunities, self care classes and a black tie awards ceremony. This festival has style, substance and a touch of magic. At this historic moment when so much has been lost, The Chelsea Film Festival did not miss a beat and carried on with great elegance. I will never forget this experience and am so proud to have been included as a filmmaker this year.

    About the films... Amazing work from around the world. Compelling, relevant stories beautifully crafted on every level. Bravo!

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Elizabeth, thank you for taking the time to write your impressions. As you mentioned, so much has been lost this year, our goal was to continue to spread light and positivity. Our team was very honored to show such powerful work this year. Much gratitude to you for your kind words. We hope to have you back one day!

  • Chelsea Film Festival is easily rising in the ranks. With only great quality films being accepted, and the festival adapting to online through the pandemic with fun sessions and filmmaker meetings, it's no wonder they are gaining a following of over thousands of fans on social media. I'm honored to have my film here, and a magazine released an article about my success here as well!

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jordan for your review. It was very nice to meet each and every one of you virtually. What a special year this was. Looking forward to having you back one day!

  • Toni De Palma

    Chelsea is my first festival experience. While it was non-traditional due to the virtual format forced on us by Covid, Isabel and her staff made me feel most welcome. The meet and greet was my favorite part. I met so many nice new friends and gained a lot of useful knowledge.

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Wow! Hope you have many more festival selections. Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to having you back!

  • I didn't know what to expect this year with all the festivals going virtual. I just have to say that Chelsea Film Festival blew all my expectations out of the water. They were so well organized and Ingrid is a gem. They had excellent and informative panels with top industry leaders. They had great breakout sessions so filmmakers got to mingle with other filmmakers. We were lucky to win the "Special Mention Award" in the shot film category. I can't recommend this festival enough!

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Eric for your kind words! Indeed, we did not know what to expect either :) You all gave us the energy to keep going during these crazy times, and we would do it again in a heartbeat if we had to repeat another virtual festival. Welcome to the CFF family!