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
  • 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
  • Elise Valderrama

    New Ohio Theatre has long been home to incredible performances and creative works! Naturally, we were thrilled and honored to have our world premiere at NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival. The staff was wonderful, attendance was amazing, all in all a dream come true.

    May 2022
  • Deb Lacusta

    We were so glad to have THE LONG ISOLATION as part of the festival. Being theater folks, we appreciate the focus of the festival on projects created by theater artists. Allyson and Marc were super communicative making sure participants were updated on all aspects of the fest, and setting up press interviews.

    March 2022
  • Emily Hartford

    We were so thrilled that our New York City premiere of TYPE A was at NYCITFF! The team put on a great fest, and the films looked and sounded beautiful at the New Ohio. Everything was super well-run and thoughtfully executed, and we hope to be back!

    March 2022
  • Karoline Xu

    Fantastic experience! Allyson and Marc foster a supportive community and are great champions of indie filmmakers with backgrounds in theater. It was an inspiring experience all around, with sold out audiences, and the festival got some lovely press for us too!

    February 2022