The NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival presents work from independent theatre artists defying labels and branching out into film, TV, and digital media. Each year we screen narratives, documentaries, shorts, features, dance, experimental, webisodes, and everything in-between.

Each year we also honor one exceptional theatre artist who has crossed over into recorded media in a big way. Past featured artists include John Cameron Mitchell, Julie Taymor, Theresa Rebeck, Erica Schmidt, Charles Busch, and Qui Nguyen.

2023, our 7th year, will continue as a hybrid year. Building on our success from 2022, screenings will be both in-person and online. We are excited once again to leverage the internet's wide reach to engage with a national community of fellow theatre artists and to showcase voices and perspectives from across the U.S.

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


Please read this section carefully!

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 2018. 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 Feb. 1, 2023.


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
  • Suzanne Lenz

    We loved being a part of NYCITFF with our short, "Two Women on a Bridge". The venue and location were fantastic. The screenings were well attended and the festival provided a really wonderful atmosphere to connect with the audience and filmmakers. We were so honored to be included and would love to come back!

    March 2023
  • Such a great festival in downtown NYC! The staff and crowds there were tremendous. I highly recommend submitting and attending this festival!

    March 2023
  • Twisted Bag Films

    We had such an amazing time playing our feature film “Leon’s Fantasy Cut” at the NYCITFF! Marc and Allyson we’re awesome and the Q+A was top notch! Seriously what a pleasure this festival was!

    March 2023
  • Lovell Holder

    We were in such good hands with the NYC Indie Theatre team! I was especially blown away at their commitment to press and finding additional exposure for their selections. We generated almost as much press coverage from screening with NYCIT as we did with our original festival premiere the year prior, which was entirely due to the hard work of the festival team. We all remain very grateful!

    March 2023
  • Daniel Levin

    These guys are just awesome. Alyson and company manage a wonderful festival, exactly as advertised. They are in constant communication, they treat you with care and give you promotional opportunities, they actually have screenings (not true of all festivals!). When we went to ours, and saw the other short films selected in our screening, we were like, "Holy s***, we really got chosen?" Great quality, great warmth, great opportunity to meet others, very New York, true to the theater world--can't recommend highly enough!

    March 2023