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
  • Cannot say enough good things about this Festival. There is a reason it is rated as a top 100. on Film Freeway. Wonderful communication, quality films, personalized service. They go above and beyond to make it a fantastic experience for filmmakers and audiences alike. Grateful and honored to have won best pilot series with Lola Dose Manhattan.. Cannot believe that along with the honor came a gift of a 32" Smart TV. Unique and amazing festival. Screening venue was superb and press availability fantastic. They even treated us to the afterparty. Aces in my book.

    May 2022
  • Easily one of the top 10 film and screenplay festivals. Katra is extremely well run and I was more than honored to have LEGENDS receive the Best Feature Screenplay. The Katra Film Series is a team of dedicated individuals who really show their love for film on their sleeve. A job well done.

    May 2022
  • A class act! What an honor for “The Della Morte Sisters” to be part of the 10th Anniversary celebration at AMC Theatres in Times Square. From our arrival on the red carpet with press interviews to our screening at such an amazing venue followed by a fantastic Q&A, Geoffrey and his team made us feel like rock stars. Wonderful films, great communications and top-notch organizers. Bravissimi!

    October 2021
  • Rory O'Connor

    A great well-coordinated, as it was brilliant to be in a theater again, and so well-curated with fantastic films.
    I was honored to have won best short screenplay...thank you. In the future, even if I don't submit, I will certainly attend. Fun party too.

    August 2021
  • I am still so honored, this was such an amazing festival, La Santera in AMC Times Square Theater was a dream come true. Thank you for supporting this Latina Made Media film. Thank you for the win!!! Winning Best Short Film is such an amazing award and prizes. Such an honor and great experience. See you soon with our next project, Orcosmic. This festival Rocks! Woot woot!! Yayayayayay!

    August 2021