The International Filmmaker Festival of New York is a global industry event held annually in the world’s most iconic center of arts, New York City. Each year, the IFFNY festival brings to New York world premieres of films from around the globe, and gives the American audience unique opportunities to discover international cinema.

IFFNY began in 2012 as AFW (Albanian Film Week) and has grown each year, becoming one of the most respected festivals in New York for its commitment to advancing the film culture. Its popularity and success is due to the hard work and enthusiasm of the festival organizer Mrika Krasniqi, who is passionate about the arts.

The mission of IFFNY Festival is to promote and aid the development of the international cinema and film authors. Our goal is to act as the main meeting point where international cinema converges in a spirit of cooperation and cultural exchange through the presentation of the finest and most recent achievements in world cinema.
Each year IFFNY presents Red Carpet screenings of feature, short and documentary films, followed by Q&A, workshops, reception with artists and organizers, VIP afterparty and Award Night Gala.

The International Filmmaker Festival of New York is one of the leading platforms of international cinema, dedicated to artists who embody diversity, innovation and creativity.

This Edition will award 10 (ten) prizes for the best participatory works:
- Best Feature Film Award
- Best Short Film Award
- Best feature Documentary Film
- Best short Documentary Film
- Best Actor Award
- Best Actress Award
- Best Production Award
- Best cinematography Award
- Best Animation
- Best Music video

Rules and Regulations:

*All filmmakers from around the world who have produced feature films, short films and documentary films in the last 3 years are entitled to apply in the International Filmmaker Festival of New York.

*Festival has Competition Program and Promotional Program.

*All projects should be in English Subtitles.

* Feature films must be more than 60 minutes.

*Short films must not exceed 30 minutes.

*Not acceptable projects are:
Projects that have been presented in Television or Internet,
Projects those are older than 3 years,
Projects without English subtitles,
Projects with technique problems,

*When the film has been selected and the invitation to be part of our festival is accepted, film can not withdrawn from the Festival Program.

*The Festival can use your material for promotional purposes and in order to compile the Festival Catalogue. The Festival bares no responsibility for published originating in submitted materials.

*By accepting to be part of our Festival, participants grant permission to be included in the festival video trailer or in other arrangements that have been made with the Festival.

* The Festival will award 10 (ten) prizes
Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best feature Documentary Film, Best short Documentary Film , Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Production Award, Best Animation, Best Music video and Best cinematography Award.

*The award for the: best feature, best short and best documentary goes to director.

* Application fee should be at the same time with your submission, and it is not refundable.

* The festival will cover cinema costs in which the film will be presented. Also, the filmmaker’s participants will have free access to all festival activities. All other personal expenses during the festival should be covered by the participant.

Overall Rating
  • Darien Sills-Evans

    Terrific festival and great organizers. A wonderful experience. I truly can't wait to bring another film back to screen here.

    December 2018
  • Festim Rex

    The opening of the festival ceremony, in the red carpet, in a historic place, is something unforgettable a great opportunity for filmmakers from all over the world of cinemas. It makes you feel star.
    I am looking forward to sending other projects and be part of the Festival in other editions.

    June 2018
  • Adriano Curci

    This festival is spectacular! It was a pleasure to have been part of the programming. The people who organize it are extremely friendly.

    June 2018
  • Balaji Ragupathi

    It was a great experience. The event was well organized and excellent support provided for first time submissions. Highly recommended for budding film makers.

    June 2018
  • Giuseppe Lo Fiego

    Great Experience. The organization was really good. They always answered to our question so quickly. And the Staff was super nice.
    Thanks IFFNY

    June 2018