NYC's Premier Film Festival dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of quality independent cinema from around the world. Hailed by Tribeca 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"

Katra Film Series is an international film festival spotlighting new talent in the capital of the world. Prizes provided by Canon, Digital Ocean, Red Digital Cinema, Pond5, Backstage, International Screenwriters' Association, Museum of the Moving Image, and more! Every season we curate a diverse selection of quality cinema. Voted by the audience one short advances to the semi-final rounds. Regardless of who wins each season all official selections will be considered for the Grand Finale Event taking place at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater in 2020 with total prizes valued over $20,000. The Grand Jury Prize winner is awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Hollywood Producer Stephen Nemeth.

Feature Films Presented with us will be considered for the Grand Prize Award as well.

We've been featured in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NY Daily News, NBC News, Wall Street Journal, TriBeCa Films, Women & Hollywood, Metro NY, Remezcla

Over 20K in prizes. The 2018 Grand Prize Winner of The Year will be awarded 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 Feature Films, Short Films, Web Series, Documentary, Music Videos, Experimental Works, Animation, and Video Art. We accept works-in-progress.

NO PREMIERE POLICY (although works that have premiered with us in the past have gone on to screen at the biggest festivals worldwide). Works must have been completed after January 1, 2016. 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, 2016.
- There is no premiere policy.
- Works-in-progress are accepted.

2. Exhibition Format: h.264 quicktime file

3. Please disregard any automatic notifications from FilmFreeway. If you don't hear from us DIRECTLY via email, your work is still in consideration for the 2017 Katra Film Series. Please bear with us as we carefully review all works submitted to us with extreme care and consideration.

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

Overall Rating
  • Jerry Mathew

    Wonderful, positive environment, and great people to meet.

    October 2017
  • Evan Mills

    Great festival! great audience and fun atmosphere.

    October 2017
  • Chris Jon Conti

    The organizers of this festival were very nice and accommodating. I wasn't able to attend the screening, but the members of my crew/cast who did attend assured me they had a wonderful time and saw some very good films. Thank you for allowing my piece to be a part of this festival.

    September 2017
  • Luis Servera

    Geoffrey Guerrero and the Katra Film Series team are really dedicated to supporting filmmakers. The film series curates one of the most diverse quality driven films that I've experienced thus far and the communication with the organizers has been top notch. Overall, I have been really thankful and proud to have my film in the Katra Film Series. Thanks again for including us!

    August 2017
  • Megan MacPhee

    Katra Film Series proved to be a wonderful evening filled with interesting and diverse films! The communication between filmmakers and the festival staff was consistent and clear. If anything, they may need to move their venue because the festival was PACKED and it was a smaller space! I really enjoyed seeing the other talented filmmakers and taking part/ hearing the Q&A after the screening.

    July 2017