Now in its 7th Year, the Katra Film Series is an internationally acclaimed film festival and screenwriting competition dedicated to supporting the next generation of filmmakers with the exhibition and promotion of independent cinema from around the world. 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.” And this year ‘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, Rhino Films, Final Draft, 3636 Studios, The Yard, 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. Regardless of who wins each season all official selections will be considered for the Year-End Grand Finale taking place at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater where our jurors are comprised of industry veterans and professionals who watch the films and select the top winners. The Grand Jury Prize Winner is awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Hollywood Producer Stephen Nemeth and the winner also takes home a top of the line CANON camera.

Some of our past alums have landed theatrical distribution deals and have since gone on to write, produce and direct features and TV shows for HBO, FOX, Netflix, Showtime, ESPN, Vice Media including festival premieres at Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes Film Festival.

Additionally, we have also been featured in the 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 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 2018 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
  • Claudio Marcotulli

    The pre-screening (complimentary drink) and post-screening (Q&A) gave room to make pleasant connections in a laid back but professional environment. The selection was diverse and exciting. Social media coverage was great too. Highly recommend it. Hope to be back!

    October 2018
  • Alexis Karl

    Katra Film Series was absolutely fantastic! I was so impressed with the whole evening- from the graciousness of the Katra team (especially the creator of the festival, Geoffrey Guerrero, whose generosity and support was really incredible), to the excellent curation of shorts for the evening. One of the best parts of this festival, was that our films were presented in a very professional manner; and one really gets the sense that Katra truly supports a thriving, growing community of independent filmmakers from all around the world. It was a wonderful experience, and my film partner and I were thrilled and honored to have our film’s American debut with Katra!

    October 2018
  • Jeffrey James Keyes

    Geoffrey did a fabulous job of curating a really fun evening with strong films. We were so impressed with the caliber of shorts presented. Congratulations to all the filmmakers and thank you to Katra - it was truly a wonderful evening.

    October 2018
  • Francesco Belligerante

    I was very happy that our "Sifting" was selected for the 2018 Season Finale from Katra Film Series organization. Unfortunately, i was not able to participate at the screening night, but all the communication with Geoffrey was excellent. He was very kind and gave us all the necessary info about it, before and after the event. I recommend Katra to any filmmaker for sure!

    October 2018
  • Amanda Ramirez

    Many thanks to Geoffrey and crew for being so supportive.
    Very happy that they added a trailer category to the Sidebar Series in Brooklyn.

    October 2018