CIRCLE OF LIFE FILMS is launching its annual live in person short film festival called THE CIRCLE OF LIFE INDIE FILM FESTIVAL. We are screening and honoring exceptional works generated by the robust, creative, cutting edge, contemporary indie filmmaking community in New York Metro Area. This is a boutique festival promoting excellence, creativity, and originality. We will screen films at the iconic ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES on Second Ave in Manhattan on Friday , March 31, 7:00pm. Industry professionals as well as the public are invited. There will be a wine and cheese reception and Q&A with filmmakers. We are accepting short films in digital format under 20 minutes long. Both comedy and tragic narrative works will be accepted. Networking and information exchange will be encouraged. Participants’ films will also be considered for exposure and distribution on our streaming channel.

CIRCLE OF LIFE FILMS is an innovative indie production company based in Manhattan. We have a unique streaming channel and a presence on Amazon Prime Video. Our executives, Mark Stolzenberg, Gary Bhattacharjee and Karen Chrystal have collaborated to produce a large slate of great award winning short films and we currently have two feature films in development. Our mission is to help new filmmakers actualize their vision and find hosting venues for their work

The following awards will be given based on critics and audience's choice:
1. Best FILM

Please be sure to read the submission guidelines before you mail and/or attach a link to the entry. We will try to accommodate people as much as possible. Depending on the number and date of submissions we may have limited time and resources to figure out application mistakes. Please try and be as accurate as possible.

Submissions online are the only way we can review your film, either through FilmFreeway, Vimeo or YouTube. If your film is selected we will be screening all films from hard drives. Final file details will be posted here soon. But an .mov and .mpg always work.

Please Include a one paragraph synopsis with your digital submission

If your submission is selected, we will notify you by March 22, 2023 by email.

If your film is selected to be in the festival, you will be given free admission to the festival.

Please submit as soon as possible. No submission will be accepted past the deadline of March 15, 2023. The submission process and consideration by the Programming Committee is not affected by the date you submit your film.

We accept online submissions. You may submit through FilmFreeway online secure video as well as a password protected vimeo/youtube link.

Film should have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2021. We are only looking for recent creative art.

Film Submissions are non-returnable for any reason.

Please note, the Festival does not provide room, board or travel for filmmakers.

For selected films the following RELEASE FORM needs to be executed.


As a condition of entering the CIRCLE OF LIFE INDIE FILM FESTIVAL, hereafter known as CLFFF, I/we hereby certify that:

1. I/we am/are the sole creators of the film, script, short stories, poems which I/we have submitted to the CLFFF.

2. I/we warrant as sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to CLFFF.

3. I/we understand that the CLFFF will not return and is not obligated to return my film or any other materials I/we have submitted to the CLFFF.

4. I/we hereby grant the CLFFF the nonexclusive right to use my name, photograph, and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding the CLFFF.

5. For filmmakers: CLFFF may transfer the submitted material to a computer for screening, if needed, and if the submitted material is selected for screening a compilation of films may be used by CLFFF for promotional purposes.

6. I/we will indemnify and hold harmless CLFFF, its judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on material submitted to CLFFF.

7. I/we shall be solely responsible for taking all necessary steps to establish and protect my/our copyright in the submitted material, and the NYCIFF shall have no obligation with respect thereto. CLFFF shall have the right to reproduce all or part of said material for use in its publicity and any and all related communication directly associated with NYCIFF.

8. I/we have read all of the festival rules, regulations and releases, understand them, and have complied with them. I/we understand that the festival rules, regulations and releases may change or be updated, and that it is my responsibility to read, understand and comply with any changes or updates.

FilmMaker Name:
FilmMaker Signature:
Production Company:

Overall Rating
  • Michele Baldwin Ent.

    Thank you for an awesome experience!

    April 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Michele.
    Stay in touch with me,
    We have many projects in our slate.
    Mark Stolzenberg 212.877.2219