The NY International Arts Festival
Presents The
Up and Coming Creatives Film Festival

ONLINE LIVE AND INTERACTIVE with the Judges and Hosts!

To purchase TICKETS for the Live Platform:
To receive your Access Code, purchases must be made by October 12th.

This Year the Audience will Vote For "Fan Favorite" and Filmmakers will Vote for "Filmmakers Choice"

-30 Second Commercial on 12 Major Channels in NYC Region for 15 days to Promote your Project and/or Business
-Free Submission to several Streaming Platforms
-Talk Show Interviews
-Article in several popular News Blog

C A T E G O R I E S:



-Best Commercial (small and large business/organization)

1. Best Movie Short
2. Web Series Episode
3. Best Female Filmmaker
4. Best International Filmmaker
5. Best Music Video
6. Best Poetry Video
7. Best Dance Video
8. Best Comedy Video
9. Best Business Commercial (small business / large business-organization)
10. Best Movie Trailer

*Small Businesses with less than five (5) employees


More Interactive, More Exciting, MORE EVERYTHING including bringing the Festival to other boroughs in NYC and nearby States.

Online From October 15th - 17th 2020

All Themes Welcomed, All Categories Welcomed! (see rules & terms)


Associations, institutions, organizations, retail chains, franchises, agencies, programs, schools, hospitals, etc. may submit movie short, video, episode, demonstration, documentary, show of support and/or a commercial, video ad and/or music video. (Learning more about large companies and/or their mission, employees, practices, new products, charitable and social cause efforts is such a great idea).

Winner selected for best Movie Trailer. Selected Projects Will Be Promoted on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube: Queens Underground 718 and potentially aired on our Queens Access Public Television (QPTV) - monthly show.

**If possible for October 2020, there will also be In-Person Screenings held in Queens, NY (Home to historical creative legends such as Count Basie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Keith Murray, A Tribe Called Quest, 50 Cent, Salt & Peppa, Al Roker, and so many more AND/OR Online. Filmmakers will receive notifications.

GENRES: Drama, Mystery, Educational, Abstract, Animated, Comedic, Science Fiction, Claymation, Fantasy, Thriller, Fringe Horror (PG14 type), Action, Adventure, Family, Documentary, Romance, Indie, Documentary, Behind The Scenes, Experimental, Cos Play, and/or Historical.

Submit several entries or submit to several categories by following the requirements and submitting within the deadlines.

Primary Requirements:
-Movie (Must be under 20 minutes)
-Performance Video (Singers, Poets, Dancers, Musical Bands - must be under five (5) minutes)
-Small Business Commercial (qualified as under 10 employees - must be under 2 minutes)
-Web Series Episode (Must be under 25 minutes) and have all of the qualities of "TV Show".

From Ages 10 and up, Filmmakers may submit from anywhere in the world. Non-English Audio Must have English Subtitles. You can submit as an individual, group, organization, club, program, institution, or small business.

All submissions must meet the deadline and all other requirements.

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Visit: to learn more and stay updated, enter, and purchase screening tickets.

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Youtube Channel - Cultural TV Network
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PRIZES INCLUDE (Cash Value $10,000+):

-30 Second Commercial on 12 Major Channels in NYC Region for 15 days to Promote your Project and/or Business
-Free Submission to several Streaming Platforms
-Talk Show Interviews
-Article in several popular News Blog


Please read and re-read all of the Rules and Terms.

To receive your Access Code, purchases must be made by October 12th. and for more info, trailers, merchandise, discounts and Red Carpet Interviews.

Only 1 Coupon per submission and Coupons cannot be used with Gold Fees.

This year, "Selected" Projects will receive a Laurel and projects selected to show in the Festival will receive a second Laurel "Film Festival Feature".

The Festival will take place whether In-Person or Online depending on the severity of the coronavirus. The Festival will still be held for 3 days and may be a combination of online and in-person. Advance notice will be given. Unfortunately, due to the cost of technology in setting up an online festival, filmmakers will also pay a nominal fee. No refunds will be issued for any reason.

The Festival will definitely be available for international filmmakers regardless of the virus situation. In consideration of various time zones, the Online link will be active for for an extended period of time. This includes all three (3) Film Festival Days. See Ticket Tab for pricing.

1. Always check your Junk Mail, Social and Promotional Folders to make sure that you are receiving our emails via FilmFreeway.

2. All deadlines and other requirements must be met. No exceptions. Not adhering to deadlines will affect whether or not your project is screened at the Festival and/or online. All projects must have an mp4 file, movie poster and social media account.

3. Your Project MUST BE DOWNLOADABLE, NOT STREAMED from platforms such as Youtube or Vimeo. These are not downloadable and, therefore, WILL NOT BE SCREENED at the Festival In-person nor Online. You will receive one (1) request and if a downloadable file is not submitted by the deadline, your project will not be screened; no refunds apply.

4. Ensure that you include a downloadable Movie Trailer. Projects without Movie Trailers may not be promoted and will not air during the promotional period on any of our media outlets.

5. A Movie Poster with title and credits is mandatory. Your Movie Poster is your "Business Card" and "Teaser" to gain interest in your project.

6. You may always upload and then at a later date before the deadlines, upload an edited version your Project, Poster and Trailer. Why do this? To take advantage of the early bird fees and meet deadlines.

7. GOLD DISCOUNTS: You may only use one (1) Discount Code Per Entry. If you are a Gold Member, you may not use more than One (1) discount code per made.

8. Quality Of Projects: No worries, we do not expect everyone to have access to "movie quality" cameras. Consumer cameras and cell phones may be used to film - for this film festival -the focus is on the story and creativity. However, we do expect quality submissions. All of the other requirements must still be met.


Submitters are expected to actively and consistently promote their projects on a weekly basis to encourage attendance to see your project on the Big Screen. This is especially important during the month of the Festival. This is a REQUIREMENT, along with TAGGING @FilmFestivalsQueensUnderground and @NYInternationalArtsFestival.


We recommend that you also send in a Trailer, Drop, Video Clip and/or design additional posters to attract guests to come out see your project on the Big Screen. Forward to us and still continue to actively promote.

Follow deadlines, no exceptions. Downloadable project in mp4 format only. Movie Poster with Title and credits. Projects will not be accepted via email. Waivers are not granted to maintain the integrity of the Film Festival, no exceptions. Staff submissions are not eligible to compete, but are screened to "showcase" only.


From 5 minutes to 20 minutes; (please note that any films which were submitted prior to the ten (10) minute minimum length will still be accepted and judged as all other entries).

(poets, comedians, singers, dancers, musicians, writers, songwriters, rappers) from 1 to 5 minutes.

3. WEB SERIES EPISODE / PODCAST /RADIO SHOW: may be submitted with episode time under 20 minutes.

4. Small Business and Large Business, Group, Club, Organization Commercials or PSA: 1 minute up to 5 minutes.

5. Movie Trailers up to 5 minutes

6. Movie Poster

7. Due to the Pandemic - all items are subject to change and submitters will be notified.

All Projects will be reviewed by the Committee. you will be notified separately if your project will be screened at the Festival, however, all projects that are "Selected" will be available for viewing on or Online Platforms. You will receive advance notice as to the status, order of screening and location of screening (during the festival and online only).

Films, Performance Videos (Singers, Poets, Musicians, and Storytellers), and Small Business Commercials may be submitted from anywhere in the world.

If the audio is not English, accurate subtitling in English must be included for all characters and sounds.

Filmmakers may submit several movies, videos, or commercials per category and/or submit works for 1, 2, or 3 or more categories - each submission requires a separate registration and fee.

**You understand and agree that your work is original and not copy written by any other individual or group. Your work may include whole or part of any works that are classified as Public Domain in the United States Of America.

-By submitting your film, video, small business commercial, photo’s, short bio and synopsis (required) you are giving us full permission to use any or all of the materials to promote, advertise, market, and screen publicly before, during and after the Festival or any or all of our media platforms.

-Submissions may not contain any or suggest any content that is violent, racist, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, hateful, sexual, culturally, or ethnically offensive in any way. Projects or posters submitted with cursing which is not considered within context will not be Screened at the Film Festival. Projects with adult content will be shown towards the end of the Festival.

-The NY International Arts Festival and Queens Underground 718 reserve the right, to remove or delete your submission without notice and without limitations where any instances of non-compliance have occurred.

-Entry does not guarantee acceptance or screening into the film festival, nor does it guarantee Screening if the requirements have not been met. Refunds nor credit are issued.

-If your project is not downloadable in mp4 format, it will be viewed by the Panel, but will not be screened publicly at the Festival and all other rules apply. You will receive one (1) reminder notification.

-Scheduling of screenings will be organized by the NY International Arts Festival. A Playbill will be forwarded to you electronically (and available at the physical Film Festival).

You will be able to determine the approximate time of your screening based on the start time. For non-US time zones, you will have access to the Festival link for 24 hours for each day.

-Rough cuts and incomplete projects may or may not be selected for public screening.

-Full credit for all participants must be included.

-Student Discount: For Film Festivals with student projects, the student must be enrolled in a film, video or production program or completed a program within the last 6 months. Proof may be required and will have to be submitted by the requested deadline. All other requirements must be met by deadlines.

-You agree and understand that you are expected to promote and tag the NY International Arts Festival once you receive notice that your project has been accepted. The promotion must be continuous with tagging both @FilmFestivalsQueensUnderground and @NYInternationalArtsFestival.

-You may also send us a promotional Drop or short video announcing your participation via Google Drive or similar method. We encourage active and creative marketing strategies to generate a buzz to see your project - thereby - creating what may very well become "unexpected opportunities".

-Filmmakers may receive receive 1 free ticket for the day of their screening only for In-Person Film Festivals. Make sure that you check your email for coronavirus updates as to whether the Festival will be held Online. Emergency and Discount Tickets are available under the Tickets tab.

International Screening: Online Services are available, check Tickets Tab. We suggest that if you are in another country and/or the Film Festival is only held virtually, that you set up a watch party and even charge for tickets to fund your next project.

-With your submission you are hereby agreeing to indemnify and hold completely harmless the NY International Arts Festival, Queens Underground 718 International Film Festival, Queens Center Of The Arts, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, partners, affiliates, staff and volunteers, etc. from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and all court costs/fees) 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. You understand that submitting does not guarantee screening. You understand and agree that refunds are not issued. You understand and agree to meet the requirements and deadlines.

-You understand that No materials will be returned.

-You understand that If entries exceed the expected amount, the dates for screenings and announcements may be extended. You will be notified in advance.

-You will also be notified of any changes for dates, prices and policies - please make sure that you are receiving and checking junk and social email folders for notices.

-If you do not read or speak English - you are responsible to find and utilize a translator or translation App. All communication with the Festival Team must be in English. Queens Underground does not accept responsibility for any Non-English miscommunications.

-Translations for your submissions must be accurate and exact. Any entry with misrepresented subtitles will be removed immediately.

***Entry fees and ticket purchases and other fees are non-refundable. Cash prizes, if any, will be sent in US dollars and only transferred through standard online business Apps.

-In the event that your project is not selected for screening, but first ensure that you have met the deadlines. You may request an email explaining the reasons. In some instances, the project may be great, but not appropriate for mixed or young audiences. In some cases, a project such as this may be screened on another date with an adult-only audience.

-All decisions are made at the discretion of the Organizer, especially and including the criteria for submissions by youth under age 17 and submitted as free are final and will may not be appealed.

-Check for Updates at and (NY International Arts Festival - Annual Festival in February)



Overall Rating
  • Harrell Williams Sr

    NYIAF provided an excellent opportunity for myself and all involved in my film "A Natural Choice." The festival is well managed and presented. Hopefully we can be there in person for the next one! Thank you NYIAF! Best to you All!!

    October 2020