The NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival presents work from New York City independent theatre artists defying labels and branching out into digital media and film.

For 2021 we’re taking the festival online and opening it up to include indie theatre artists from across the United States! We’re excited to take advantage of the internet's wide reach to meet a new, national community of fellow theatre artists and showcase new perspectives and voices from across the country. North & South, coast-to-coast - this time, it's national.

The NYCITFF is produced by New Ohio Theatre, located on Christopher Street, in Manhattan's West Village. For more info about us, visit


Please read this section carefully as things are slightly different for 2021!

The NYCITFF showcases film/video/web content created by theatre artists branching out into new areas of creative expression.

At least one Primary Creative Artist for the film/video/web content must be a Theatre Artist working in the United States.

Primary Creative Artist for the content means writer, director, or producer. "Was the theatre artist involved in creating the content?" is a question we will examine.

Theatre Artist is defined as: Actor, Director, Playwright, Designer, and/or Producer with involvement in at least one professional production since 2017. Student productions are NOT eligible.

We want to see theatre artists stretching themselves, trying new things. Perhaps things they don't have extensive training for. Or maybe they do, but they also have a body of theatre work, as well.

Film artists have many festivals where they can have their work screened. This festival is for theatre artists first.


While the NYCITFF does not require submissions to be world premieres or New York City premieres, we will prioritize the acceptance of submissions which are premieres.


Works-in-progress are accepted. Incomplete projects must be clearly labeled. Films should be marked as either a “Rough Cut” or “Work In Progress”. All incomplete materials or changes to be made should be clearly indicated (ex: temporary sound, no color-correction).

The entrant may update their screener up until the final deadline, as long as the link and password for the submission remains the same. However, NYCITFF is only responsible for considering the project as it exists at the time of review.

If selected, the final version of the film must be available by March 1, 2021.


By entering your film for consideration to the New York City Indie Theatre Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the New York City Indie Theatre Film Festival, New Ohio Theatre, and any representative or affiliates from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Should your film be accepted in the New York Indie Theatre Film Festival, you grant NYCITFF the right to utilize a short excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • During a year that shut down theaters across the world, the NYCITFF was there to provide a platform for theatre artists, like myself who have forayed into filmmaking in order to continue sharing their stories with the world. Ultimately this led to our official NY Premiere of our short film ''Valens". Thank you all immensely for your unwavering contributions to the arts!

    March 2021
  • This is a fest well worth the value. I found it to be a very nurturing atmosphere with many opportunities for filmmakers to obtain press, to learn from filmmakers who are top in the field and there was a lot of encouragement to cheer on and support the fellow indie filmmakers involved in the festival. I highly recommend filmmakers submit to this festival and get involved in the events offered.

    May 2021
  • This festival was such a light in a year that was full of so much loss amongst artists. Everyone was so kind, thoughtful, and supportive. The organizers did a fantastic job, and it was great to connect with other artists, even virtually.

    March 2021
  • Ralph Lewis

    So great to have a film festival just for theatermakers. Nothing against filmmakers; we just do things differently. And it was so great to be in community with folks who share theater values, making connections with old and new friends. Plus the festival staff is really on the ball. That's not so common in the theater, but the New Ohio team are real pros. Just wish it had gone on longer, but I'll have to wait 'till next year, cuz I will definitely do this again. Thanks!

    March 2021
  • Daniel Talbott

    This is a wonderful festival in the heart of the village in NYC, run by equally wonderful people. That it's a celebration of both theater and film is perfect and I love that this film festival exists and is out there.

    March 2021