The NY Cat Film Festival celebrates the mysterious cats who share our world, and their loving relationships with people.
The NY Cat Film Festival is the way for those who admire and are fascinated by cats to make and bring their films in front of like-minded cat lovers. These are not "cat videos" - these are films which have been made with an intention, concept or story to convey something essential about where cats fit into our human world. This festival is a way to honor cats and those who care about them and raise awareness for their needs and qualities while supporting the caregivers in their communities. This Festival is philanthropic and a portion of all ticket sales goes to an animal welfare organization in every city it visits. The 3rd Annual NY CFF premiere will be November 3 2019 , at the SVA Theater in NYC and will travel to many cities across the country in 2020.

Being chosen to be part of the NY Cat Film Festival automatically makes a filmmaker a winner! All chosen filmmakers will receive a gift bag and two 2 tickets (or more if requested) to both NYC programs on November 8th 2020 or in any city in 2021 playing the program with their film.


Entrants accept all rules and regulations of CFF and must be 18+ yrs old, or young filmmakers under 18 must have written adult consent by a parent or guardian.

Narrative, documentary or animated film or video up to 60 minutes (preference is under 30 minutes) with a feline theme.

Films may have been previously seen by the public.

The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material is an original work and that there are no disputes regarding ownership of the submission. The filmmaker represents and warrants that the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and he/she fully indemnifies the Festival against any claim made for such violations of the law. The filmmaker understands that failure to adhere to the Festival rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. The filmmaker agrees to hold Cat Film Festival harmless from and defends them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not they are groundless, based on any film submitted to the Festival.

Films not in the English language must be subtitled or dubbed.

Filmmakers of accepted films will be contacted as soon as the film can be placed into a program for distribution, which will happen throughout the year as the CFF programming evolves.

CFF will be allowed to use all photographs and publicity materials received along with the entry and with all accepted films for marketing material.
For promotional and publicity purposes, trailers or brief clips of any film entered into the Festival may be shown on any television network, the internet, or related media.

CFF does not pay screening fees under any circumstance. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to screen your film without a screening fee or any other compensation if it is selected. However, if your film is chosen to also be included in the On-Demand streaming collection and you choose to participate, you will share in the revenue per download on a sliding scale based on the length of your film.,

Decisions of the Festival Authorities regarding all matters not expressly provided for in these regulations or which require interpretation of the clauses mentioned above shall be binding on all parties.

Submitting a film to the Cat Film Festival implies acceptance of these regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Blake Stowe

    Tracie Hotchner put together an amazing selection of films, in a cool atmosphere, on the big screen! The nationwide tour after the festival is a great idea for even more exposure. Thank you Tracie!

    November 2019
  • Rick Hamilton

    Tracie did an amazing job putting this festival together. The press leading up to the event was excellent and the screenings played to packed houses! Communications were wonderful and a delightful gift bag for the filmmakers! Most of all, the atmosphere at the festival was joyous all around.

    December 2017
  • Ian Christopher Goodman

    I got to experience this festival from both perspectives--as an audience member and as a filmmaker with a documentary in the program--and it was stellar. Hundreds of people attended the screenings, despite the inclement weather, the selection of films were top-notch, the venue was beautiful, and all other aspects of the festival were treated with meticulous care by Tracie Hotchner. Hats off to you!

    December 2017
  • Lava Buckley

    Tracie had great communication through the duration of the festival. I was not able to attend the festival in person, however due to being apart of NY Cat Film Festival, my short was mentioned in the NY Times and was contacted from another publication to write an article about my film! Not only did the NY Cat Film Festival have a worthy cause (NYC feral cats) but Tracie did a fantastic PR job. I’m really honored to have been selected for the NY Cat Film Festival and recommend other film makers to submit. Thank you Tracie and NY Cat Film Festival!

    December 2017