The Inwood Film Festival presented by Inwood Art Works is a community event in a world class city, intent on showcasing the sights, sounds, people and talents of Inwood, Manhattan.

PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING:

All films will be either made in Inwood or its surrounding community or by current or past Inwood community filmmakers.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOUR FILM DOES MEET THESE CONDITIONS.

Categories will include:

• Short Shorts - exhibition of films 5" or less made by people from Inwood and its surrounding community or made in the Inwood community.
• Long Shorts - exhibition of short films 25" minutes or less made by people from Inwood and its surrounding community or made in the Inwood community.
• Feature Films - exhibition of feature films made by people from Inwood and its surrounding community or made in the Inwood community.
• Student Films - exhibition of films made by current students who reside or attend school in the Inwood community or made in Inwood.

Submissions close January 15, 2018.
Festival dates will be March 15-17, 2018.

Awards & Prizes

Awards given for excellence in filmmaking:
*Spirit of Inwood Award
*Documentary Filmmaking
*Short Short Award
*Long Short Award
*Feature Film Award
*Student Film Award

Rules & Terms

PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING:

Films must be about or made in Inwood or its surrounding community, or made by past or present residents of the Inwood community.

Films must be the finished and complete final cut. No works-in-progress, trailers or teasers.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOUR FILM DOES MEET THESE CONDITIONS.

Entrants can submit one short film and/or one feature film.

Only one person (“film representative”) representing the film submitted shall be the point of contact for each film.

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    Dylan Tuccillo

    A wonderful event, very well organized. Each screening of the fest was sold out, a 150 seat theater. The films were great and nice to connect to the community.

    April 2017
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    Ingrid Price

    As a filmmaker who's participated in film festivals all over the US, I was surprised and delighted to see this one pop up in my local 'hood in NYC last year. So excited, in fact, that my husband (who's a director and actor) and I decided to produce a short film just for IFF's inaugural year. We made the ultra-short "To Oh Seven" and sent it in.

    The first year's fest had a neighborhood feel, with local sponsors and an improvised venue at a party space. Yet, it was better run than many of the enormous, internationally-known festivals where we've screened. Communication was superb, the atmosphere was both filmmaker-and-audience friendly, and we were blown away by the high quality of work being shown. It was completely sold-out. It was a smash-hit.

    This year, festival director Aaron Simms (and his team) worked 24-7 to make the festival happen again; a little larger, with an actual auditorium, more space for audience and filmmakers to mingle, the addition of feature films to the lineup, and more. It sold-out completely. Audiences cheered the screenings, chatted with filmmakers, enjoyed the after-parties at local hangouts... they also saw high-calibre films, some of which had won awards at other festivals. One of the feature documentary filmmakers announced (during the filmmaker Q&A) they'd just signed a distribution deal with the prestigious PBS network.

    Again, the communication was excellent, the festival felt relaxed and friendly, filmmakers and film-lovers were treated like VIPs, it was well-promoted, and the quality of the event and the films exceeded many (if not most) of the larger, high-profile festivals in which I've participated as a filmmaker.

    If you have a connection with the Inwood neighborhood in NYC, submit your film!!! If you live anywhere near northern Manhattan, GO to this festival!!! It is truly a treasure.

    Side note: the tiny film we made for the first Inwood Film Festival has gone on to screen at 30+ festivals around the world and won numerous awards. Without IFF, that project wouldn't exist!

    March 2017
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    Alfonso Rodriguez

    Great festival to network and screen your work. The festival runners did a wonderful job of accommodating everyone and promoting the event. Plenty of potential from a festival in it's inaugural year!

    May 2016