Film Diary NYC is a festival for experimental non-fiction that captures the personal history and daily experiences of the filmmaker and the world they encounter.

Through an annual festival and ongoing special events, we provide a platform for the most heartfelt but most overlooked cinema: diary films, home movies, and personal documentary.

Please read the description of the type of films we screen before submitting. Check out the 2021 program on our website if you are unsure about the kind of films we're looking for:

Last year we screened 28 films in-person, on 2 nights, and 14 films online. Due to time constraints, theatrical screenings will mostly be given to short films, and features will mostly be considered for online screenings. However, we accept submissions of any length. Exact dates and venues for the 2022 festival are still subject to change. Follow us on Instagram for updates.

Overall Rating
  • Henrique Cartaxo

    A festival with a true heart, a true love for personal artistic films. Will not hesitate to submit again.

    January 2023
  • Lucky Marvel

    One of the best evenings of my life! <3

    December 2022
  • Holden Treadway

    Amazing festival and programming. Very grateful to be a part of Film Diary NYC. Communication and organization was great.

    November 2022
  • Mahdi Falahati

    I'm very happy that we participated in Film Diary NYC this year.
    It was really a very interesting and good experience.
    I'm glad that such festivals give special importance to experimental films.
    This festival is awesome!

    November 2022
  • Samuel Cogrenne

    The festival has real passion and love for the type of filmmaking it showcases, and real passion and love for the films selected. As a filmmaker, it feels good to have your work showed in such an amazing context. I'm grateful this festival exists and I hope it'll be there for a very, very long time.

    November 2022