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 22nd, 2023.

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 2022 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
  • Anthony Werhun

    GVFF is expertly curated, and beautifully executed. We were amazed by the quality of all the festival's selections, and when we learned IT'S NOT UP TO US won Best Short Documentary, it was an incredible honor. The films are top notch, the festival personnel are wonderful, and The Quad Cinema is a perfect host — whether as filmmaker or filmgoer, it doesn't get much better.

    November 2023
  • Robin Epstein

    The Greenwich Village Film Festival is not to be missed! The quality of the shorts that were shown from all over the world was stunning, and it was an honor to be among the chosen films. The fest directors were wonderfully communicative, warm and welcoming, and getting to screen at NYC's iconic Quad Cinema was a dream. I can't say enough good things about this festival, and would love to participate in it again if I'm so lucky!

    November 2023
  • I think what sets this festival apart is the quality of the curation. They had one of the best lineups I've seen so far. They also screened the most international selection I've seen yet - and this, in my opinion, contributed to the caliber of work presented. It is a small festival that I believe will grow based on the excellence of the work. The festival directors were very warm at the screenings and the communication overall was quick and clear. After each screening, there was a gathering at the bar in the theater. Highly recommend this festival - especially if you're a local NYer because they would benefit from drawing a local audience and it's a great one to invite your people to.

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Nessa for your words. We loved screening your film and meeting you! Wishing you all the best and keep up the great work!

  • GVFF is a gem! You are in good hands with Alessia, Richard, Michael and all the fine folks of GVFF (very, very good hands and kind and loving arms!). A wonderfully diverse line up of films, venue: unbeatable (The Quad – c'mon!), and it must be acknowledged that their communication is exceptional. You and your film will not feel like shelf-fillers. Our team looks forward to a rich working relationship with GVFF for years to come.

    November 2021
  • I have had the great fortune to be included in this festival for 6 out of the 7 years they have been around. This is truly my favorite festival to be a part of. I grew up in Greenwich Village, and to be able to screen my work downtown has been a complete privilege and joy. The founders and programmers who run this festival are simply the best. They show unwavering support for independent filmmakers of all backgrounds and have always supported and championed my work. For that I am extremely grateful. The festival has screened at some fantastic venues over the years, including the IFC Center and the Quad Cinema. Highly recommend submitting to this fest. Thank you, GVFF!!

    November 2021