The NY Indie Theatre Film Festival presents work from New York City theatre artists defying labels and branching out into recorded media.

Each year we present over 30 short films, documentaries, music videos, and web series episodes, all created by downtown New York City theatre artists.

The NYITFF 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!

The NYITFF showcases film/video/web content created by NYC theatre artists.

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

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

Theatre Artist is defined as:

Actor, Director, Designers, Producers: 1 production in the five boroughs of NYC since 2017. Student productions are NOT eligible.

Playwrights: 1 production, workshop, reading in the five boroughs of NYC 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 NY theatre artists. That makes sense, right?

We understand that "created by theatre artists" is a little vague, and the determination of New Ohio Theatre is final. Application fees are non-refundable.


Online submissions are required, either via a password protected Vimeo link or uploaded directly to FilmFreeway.


While the NYITFF 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, NYITFF is only responsible for considering the project as it exists at the time of review.

No updated cuts will be accepted after the final submission deadline. If selected, the final version of the film must be available by January 6, 2020.


The New York Indie Theatre Film Festival does not pay screening fees. By submitting your content, you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.


By entering your film for consideration to the New York 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 Indie Theatre Film Festivall, 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 NYITFF the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

All accepted films will screen at least once during the festival, with the option of an encore screening for select films/shorts blocks. All scheduling is purely at the discretion of NYITFF staff.

Overall Rating
  • The Blue Marble

    A very enthusiastic festival. The staff were great and the Q&A's fun to participate in. I was very taken by the excellent quality of the video projection and the audio at what is essentially a live theater space. Networking was relaxed made easy by the cordial atmosphere at the opening and closing night parties. Thanks, NY Indie Theater Film Festival.

    February 2020
  • The NYITFF was wonderful and I am thrilled that "It's Time for Tea" was part of it! Marc and the team did a great job with the screenings and the Q&A was one of the most thorough and thoughtful talkbacks I have participated in. The "Sizzle" panel was informative and fun, and greatly appreciated. This festival is an amazing opportunity for any filmmakers who started in theatre.

    February 2020
  • Nathalie Frederick

    A lovely, welcoming, scrappy festival with a focus on great acting and storytelling. Excellent communication leading up to the festival as well. Although our block was not as well attended as some of the others I was still able to connect and reconnect with some wonderful artists from the NYC indie theatre and film world and would definitely consider submitting again and/or attending in the future!

    February 2020
  • Ash Marinaccio

    We had such a wonderful time and look forward to hopefully coming back in the future. This is a fabulous event that brings together theatre and filmmakers for an intelligent and thought-provoking weekend. We are so happy this festival exists.

    February 2020
  • I love this festival!! Particularly as a writer, you can feel really unimportant in film and this festival is such an exciting mix of theatre/film people and everyone appreciates the screenwriters, too! The panels were great, the films were really, really good (which doesn't always happen at festivals) and I loved being a part of it and would be in this festival again in a heartbeat if given the opportunity.

    March 2019