Hell’s Kitchen NYC Festival will showcase projects in short and feature versions. The festival will be held at New York’s Producers Club at 358 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, in the heart of Times Square . The Festival Director is John Hoyt, an award winning Actor, Writer and Director best known for his work on the films Carlito's Way, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and The Basketball Diaries. John had the honored to work with his dear friend and veteran film, tv and Broadway stage actor, Victor Argo. The Hell’s Kitchen NYC Festival is proud to present the ‘ARGO’ Award, which is given for Lifetime Achievement to honor actors for their bodies of work. Actor Michael Rispoli and actor Ed O'Ross are both the recipients of the 2018 Hell's Kitchen NYC Festival's Argo Lifetime Achievement Award. Actor Michael Rispoli is best known for his work on the HBO series "THE DEUCE" and "THE SOPRANOS" and over 50 other films and tv shows. Award-winning Actor Ed O’Ross was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance in the renowned HBO drama series “SIX FEET UNDER," and is also known for his work in such memorable films as RED HEAT, DICK TRACY and FULL METAL JACKET.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Feature and Short Director
Best Feature and Short Documentary
Best Animation
Best Actor and Actress in a Feature Film and Short Film

1.Hell's Kitchen NYC Festival accepts submissions for feature films, short films, feature documentaries, short documentaries, animation, web series in all genres.

2. All films submitted must have been completed on or after August 1, 2018

3. All films must be submitted with an online screener

4. All feature narrative and feature documentary submissions must be over 60 minutes in length.

5. All short film narrative and short documentary submissions must be under 60 minutes in length.

6. Animation, web series, and student film submissions of all lengths will be considered.

7. Films that are not in english must have subtitles in english.

8. ALL projects that are accepted must help sell tickets to their screening.


Overall Rating
  • Kristin Samuelson

    Really enjoyed this festival and appreciated their screening our film! My only complaint was they did not have any rooms posted as to where films would be screening. For the awards, the same thing. They had people in the bar networking, but when some left to go upstairs to a screening room, no announcement was made nor was there anything posted about what time and where the awards would be held. I left thinking they had just fizzled out... Later I heard people were quietly going upstairs? Seems pretty basic for any festival.

    January 2020
  • Fantastic film festival. Very well run and organized. John is a very gracious festival director. Wonderful location and energy. I cannot wait to return next year!

    January 2020
  • Joseph Davidson

    Great festival well worth attending and entering films.

    January 2020
  • Benjamin Wolf

    This is a small festival which does everything in its power to provide a warm, welcoming experience for the filmmakers and patrons in attendance. The addition of Facebook Live for Q&A sessions had a great impact for my film. People have been reaching out from around the country to see the film simply on the basis of the discussion posted online. This is not common among smaller tests. Hell's Kitchen NYC Festival punches above its weight.

    January 2020
  • Raissa Contreras

    I was disappointed not to be able to attend due to flu but was very excited to be a part of this festival in historic Hell's Kitchen at such a sweet venue.

    January 2020