The NYCGRFF’s mission is to promote Greek filmmaking in the U.S. Its program of events in selected venues in New York includes films produced or co-produced in Greece and Cyprus, as well as, as of this year and in an online only section, non-Greek films that have an element of Greekness such as a Greek story (on a social or historical level); or a Greek (or of Greek origins) director; or Greek actors in the main cast; or Greek artists and professionals in main technical aspects; or film locations mainly in Greece; or funding from Greek sources.

The NYCGRFF continues its successful course for the thirteenth year by setting new goals for an even stronger international presence. Starting this year, the NYCGRFF will introduce an international section that will run online only. International features, documentaries and short films with a main element of Greekness (as mentioned above) will be included, as well as exclusively international short films (both fiction and documentaries).

While our primary mission remains to promote Greek filmmaking in the U.S., we look forward to creating new opportunities for international co-operations, on both technical and artistic levels, among all participating filmmakers.

Awards & Prizes

Greek Film Festival Awards:
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best New Director
Best Short Film

-All awards (except for Best New Director) are audience awards, selected by audience voting during the festival, and are accompanied by a cash prize.

Online International Film Festival Awards:
Best Greek-Related International Feature (Fiction or Documentary)
Best Greek-Related International Short (Fiction or Documentary)
Best International Short (Fiction or Documentary)

-Films will be watched and evaluated from a festival-selected jury of professionals before the Greek Film Festival.

Eligibility requirements:
1. Only films produced in 2019 or 2018 will be admissible.
2. Only Greek films that have not been screened prior to the NYCGRFF dates at a Greek-related film festival or event within the state of New York will be admissible.
3. All films (except for English-speaking) must have English subtitles
4. Entrant must confirm and warrant legal rights to all music, images and content of the entry.

-Greek films refer to Greek and Cypriot productions or co-productions.

-For the online festival, Greek-related international features, documentaries and shorts must have at least one element of Greekness such as a Greek story (on a social or historical level); or a Greek (or of Greek origins) director; or Greek actors in the main cast; or Greek artists and professionals in main technical aspects; or film locations in Greece; or funding from Greek sources.
-The above is not a requirement for the exclusively international short films section of the online festival.

Submission Guidelines

Films must be submitted as online screeners, preferably on Vimeo, with a password.
Festival screening format is DCP. Other formats may be admissible depending on their digital quality.
One DVD backup is required.
All shipping costs are paid by the entrant.