Greenwich Village Film Festival celebrates Greenwich Village as a physical place, as one of the most photogenic neighborhoods of New York City.
But, more important, as a creative state of mind born in a specific location that gathered like-minded people together to stimulate individual and collaborative artistic expression.
Our mission is to honor and keep alive this sense of community and creative environment by discovering and bringing together new independent artists and their work.

Awards for the best in each category will be given at the festival closing ceremony.

Award: Golden Arch, a certificate of achievement, recognition on the website and social media.

Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Greenwich Village Portrait (any video shot in G.V. with a runtime of 20 minutes or less)
Best Animated Short Film

Other prizes as they become available: TBA

This festival is to showcase the work of new and upcoming independent filmmakers, both American and international, who produce independent short films and short documentaries, with a special sensibility for those that explore individual and collaborative artistic expression, and sense of community.
A special category is also established to tribute those films under 20 minutes that are about, or that have been shot, in Greenwich Village, NYC.

- Foreign language films must be with English subtitles.

- Films selected for screening will be notified on or around October 10th, 2021.

Submission Fee:
- Entry Fee paid through FilmFreeway. Entry fees are non-refundable.

- All accepted films may be screened more than once, and are scheduled at the discretion of the Greenwich Village Film Festival staff.
- It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that may be used in the film.
- GVFF is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, or screening of any film.
- GVFF does not pay screening fees or guarantee travel for filmmakers.

AGREEMENT: I allow the festival to showcase your work at the festival venue. I grant permission for the festival to use excerpts of each submitted film, not to exceed 3 minutes, for promotional purposes is considered granted on submission, unless otherwise noted. I affirm that the information above and on the previous pages is correct, that I have read, understood, and do hereby agree to be bound by the festival regulations as described herein and that I have the legal right to represent and to submit this film to the Greenwich Village Film Festival. Music rights and all copyright clearances are the sole responsibility of the filmmaker. GVFF will not be held responsible for any legal disputes regarding the exhibition of this film. Submitting a film for consideration does not guarantee inclusion in the 2021 GVFF line up. Noncompliance with form may affect, delay, and/or disqualify your entry. Participation in Greenwich Village Film Festival implies understanding and acceptance of above regulations and requirements of this application.

Overall Rating
  • October Project

    Thrilled to have our animated short, Doubts, screened at IFC, the best known art-house movie theater in NYC - our home town! Perfectly organized and a pleasure to be included. Thank you.

    November 2019
  • As a filmmaker, you can't ask for a better film festival. In the heart of New York City in the famous IFC, this festival is one worth submitting The screenings were all packed, the films were amazing and the after-party was classy and great for networking. The founders were awesome and couldn't have been nicer. Thanks, Greenwich!!

    October 2019
  • Thomas C. Johnson

    Great communicators, welcoming hosts. Professional from start to finish. There's little doubt in my mind that Greenwich Village Film Festival is one of my favorite film festivals.

    October 2019
  • chidi nobi

    The festival was great with an amazing lineup of films in a fantastic theatre in the centre of Manhattan.
    It was well organised and highly recommended

    November 2018
  • Such a wonderful festival! The entire line up of short films was of such a high quality - it was a real pleasure to watch each and every one and an honor to be included. Communication through out was clear and definite, the organizers were on top of all aspects. This festival is definitely one to watch as it grows!

    November 2017