Now in its 11th Year, the Katra Film Series is an award-winning international film festival and screenwriting competition dedicated to supporting the next generation of filmmakers and content creators. Hailed by Tribeca Films for its "honorable mission to spotlight new and emerging cinematic talents…where some of their top alums have since gone on to great things in the indie world and beyond" while the New York Times agrees “From the bottom up an amazing and excellent festival that has made it in New York,” and Remezcla writes “An innovative new model pushing for the future of its filmmakers,” while Time Out NY states “Nothing but the best.” A few years ago ‘LLERO magazine sums it up succinctly “A memorable film fest like none other. In over 6 years, the Katra Film Series has become a hub for up-and-coming filmmakers.”

Our prizes are provided by Canon, Final Draft, UKW Media, JMR Rentals, Rhino Films, Screenblade, International Screenwriters' Association, NY Women in Film and TV, Museum of the Moving Image, and more. Every season we curate a diverse selection of independent works where audience participation is central in choosing the winners.
Some of our past alums have landed theatrical distribution and have gone on to write, produce and direct feature films and TV shows for HBO, FOX, Netflix, Showtime, ESPN, Vice Media including festival stops at Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin and Cannes Film Festival.

We have also been featured in the The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Huffington Post, Daily News, NY1, NBC, Women & Hollywood, Metro NY, The New Machine, Bklyner, and many other local and national publications.

Over $50,000 in prizes. The 2022 Grand Prize Winner of The Year will be awarded a top of the line Canon camera and a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

All genres/forms accepted. Seeking Features, Shorts, Web Series, Documentary, Music Videos, Experimental Works, Animation, Video Art and screenplays. Please note: we accept works-in-progress.

THERE IS NO PREMIERE POLICY (Although not mandatory we prefer NYC premieres. Many of our alums have gone on to screen at the biggest festivals worldwide). Works must have been completed after January 1, 2020. From no budget to big budget. JUST SIMPLY BLOW OUR MINDS! All foreign-language films MUST be subtitled in English.

1. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2020.
- There is no premiere policy.
- Works-in-progress are accepted.

2. Exhibition Format: Theatrical DCP Format

3. Submitters understand that submission of their work authorizes the Katra Film Series to screen the work, and use the work for any exhibition, education and/or publicity purposes related to Katra Film Series. Katra Film Series is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work. Submitters may receive future correspondence from the Katra Film Series.

4. Submission Fee
The submission fee is non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Hashmiru Sesay

    This was one of the best film festival experiences I have ever had. It was well organized and attracted quality projects from diverse creators!

    July 2022
  • Joe Leone

    I'd like to thank the Katra Film Series for their recognition of FARM CLUB & THE PHANTOM COUNCIL. It is greatly appreciated! I highly recommend this competition and look forward to submitting additional material in the future.

    June 2022
  • Lovely festival! It was SO cool to see our film on the big screen at the Regal in Times Square. Lovely kind filmmakers and we had a great time getting to know the other folks involved in the festival.

    June 2022
  • Ed Toolis

    After years of work, that borders on self-torture, It's great to finally get validation. Thanks.

    June 2022
  • Harold L. Brown

    Terrific festival, professional, timely communications on the status of festival submissions. Definitely a go to festival on my festival circuit.

    June 2022