BEAUTIFUL FILMS, COMPELLING STORIES, LOT'S OF FUN!

The Indie & Foreign Film Festival features stories of migrants and migration as seen through the talented eyes of directors and producers from around the world.

Located in midtown Manhattan, we honor film makers with award presentations, schedule Q & A sessions following screenings and celebrate the importance of beautiful stories shared with our audience.

The festival was founded in 2014 by Father Julian Jagudilla, Director of the Migrant Center of New York, Inc. His goal: to shine a light on the issue of migration.

After 5 successful years, we'll continue sharing touching stories of migrants around the world. In addition, this year's festival will also feature stories of migrants here at home and the plight of those coming to the United States and the difficulties they face at this specific time in our history.

We invite you to submit your films focused on migrants and migration to the United States, and we encourage student film makers to share their work as well.

AWARDS - The Indie & Foreign Film Festival will present several awards to films selected by the judging committee in the categories of Narrative & Documentary Feature, Narrative & Documentary Short, Student Film Award and Migrant Center Award. The presentation of these awards per category is up to the discretion of the festival committee.

The statuette award for each category will only be presented at the closing night ceremony on Oct. 24, 2020 at 6pm in New York City, and will not be mailed to award winners. You may have a representative present to accept the award on your behalf, that person would then be responsible for sending the award to you. Please let us know in advance if you are having a representative attend the award ceremony. 

INDIE & FOREIGN FILM FESTIVAL RULES:

QUALIFYING FILMS - Film must be completed after Jan.1st, 2015 Films may originate from anywhere in the world, but if in a foreign language, must have have english subtitles. No premiere requirement. Projects should not have distribution.

CATEGORIES - Please select only ONE category per entry. For our purposes ‘feature’ refers to films 45 minutes or more, 'short' refers to films 44 minutes or less. We reserve the right to re-categorize submissions as we deem appropriate.

SHIPPING - Cost of shipping DVD submissions or exhibition formats to the festival is the responsibility of the entrant. Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid and must be labeled with the title of the entry, and director name. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. DVDs and promotional materials will not be returned via mail. 

NOTIFICATION - The festival selection committee makes all programming decisions. We will notify filmmakers by email by July 1, 2020. If your film is selected for the festival, you need to send your film images, behind the scenes photos, press kits and the print of your film or presentation video will need to be in our office 10 days after you are notified, or by July 10, 2020, whichever comes first. Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need. Indie & Foreign Film Festival prefers high-quality digital files for the exhibition of video work.

A press kit is required only if accepted into the festival including:
> (8) Production Still Photos / including behind the scenes images - Digital 
> Photo of the Director/ Headshot - Digital 
> Biography/Filmography - Director 
> Statement by the Director 

CATEGORIES - Please select only ONE category for your entry. For our purposes ‘feature’ refers to films 45 minutes or more, 'short' refers to films 44 minutes or less. We reserve the right to re-categorize submissions as we deem appropriate.

LEGAL - Submitters understand that submission of their work authorizes the Festival to use the work for exhibition, education and/or publicity purposes related to the Festival; that the Festival will handle the prints and drives with a maximum of care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview, or screening. Submission fees are non-refundable. The festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work. Submitters may receive future correspondence from the Festival. 

INDIE & FOREIGN FILM FESTIVAL TERMS & CONDITIONS:

I/We have read, understand and agree to the terms outlined in the Festival Rules for the Indie & Foreign Film Festival, and have complied with these rules. The Indie & Foreign Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and acknowledge authorization to submit the film for screening and warrant that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. The festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work. Indie & Foreign Film Festival will handle the prints and drives with a maximum of care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview, or screening. 

I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. To the best of my/our knowledge, all the statements herein are true and correct. I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of any entry fee/s. I/We understand that submissions fees are non-refundable. No revisions of materials will be accepted once an entry has been submitted. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Indie & Foreign Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. I/We have carefully read and understand the complete rules of the festival. I/We attest that I hold the exhibition rights to the film/video being entered. If accepted, I grant permission to Indie & Foreign Film Festival to show my film/video and to use it for promotional purposes.

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  • Loved every minute of it! Got to attend two out of the three days and was so impressed by the wonderful films presented at the festival. Julian, Adrienne, and Ekim really put together a fun and informative event. What was really great was the communication with Adrienne and her staff with giving information on my film and responding quickly. If you have a short, feature, or documentary about immigration, then don't look any further but Indie & Foreign Film Festival to submit. They will care for your film, like they did for mine.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Scott it was a pleasure to meet you and an honor to screen your wonderful film!

  • Supernova Design

    Such an amazing and important festival. Unfortunately we weren't able to attend in person but our short Passage had the great honor of winning Best Animation. The communication from the organizers was impeccable and prompt. Hope to be able to attend this festival in the future! A very big thank you to the festival team for their dedication and hard work.

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    We were so happy to have your animation included in our festival line up. So sorry we didn't get the chance to meet you this year. Looking forward to the possibility of seeing you next year.

  • Unfortunately, I wasn't there but my representative was there and she had fun and she said they had warm hospitality. Thank you

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Bita! It was our pleasure to meet the writer of your film, VIDA.

  • Thank you for this great festival. Congratulations to the executives and organizers

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ayat! Your film is beautiful!