NewFilmmakers NY is New York's longest running year round Film Festival. Throughout it's twenty-six year run NewFilmmakers has provided a platform for first time and veteran filmmakers.

This Winter we have taken an exciting new direction with NewFilmmakers called NewFilmmakersPlus which will move our festival into the digital age and allow us to reach international audiences.

Over the past two years, while theaters have been closed, our online audiences have greatly exceeded those in theaters. With NewFilmmakers Plus we have added the missing audience participation to our online screenings.

Now filmmakers, cast, and crew as well as audience members can create interactive video screening rooms while watching a film. Just by pushing the START A GROUPVIEW button to the right of the film they can invite up to six people to talk about the film in a video conference. It’s almost like watching side-by-side in real life — without having to share your popcorn.

In addition our films will now be available for two weeks and screenable any time of the day instead of only one night. This allows more people to see our films and makes it easier to set up a screening event with friends and colleagues. As requested we are switching to filmmaker hosted files utilizing unlisted YouTube links which will eliminate the need to transcode and to send us large files as well as giving filmmakers control over their film.

In today’s world online screenings give filmmakers worldwide audiences instead of limited local ones. With NewFilmmakers Plus filmmakers not only reach worldwide audiences but can interact with them as they would at a traditional theater.


NewFilmmakers New York (“AltFest” “YoungFilmmakers” henceforth “sections”) are hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless NewFilmmakers New York and its sections 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.

By submitting your film to NewFilmmakers NY or its sections you commit to a possible public screening of your film with NewFilmmakers NY. Films submitted may be moved, at the programmer’s discretion, within sections

NewFilmmakers and its sections are not liable for the return of films which have been submitted for screening or adjudication.

NewFilmmakers and its sections do not pay screening fees.

NewFilmmakers and its sections reserve the right to cancel and/or change screening dates without prior contact.

All submission fees to the festival and/or sections are nonrefundable. Filmmaker understands that submitting to multiple sections does not improve their chances of screening.

By being accepted into the NewFilmmakers or one of the section programs you agree to send a Digital screener within the stipulated deadline or forfeit your screening date. NewFilmmakers and its sections are not responsible for rescheduling films which have been pulled from consideration by the submitting party or have not furnished an accompanying digital screener within reasonable time.

NewFilmmakers and its sections are not responsible for the costs of receiving or shipping DCPs and all DCPs must be accompanied by a digital screener.

Overall Rating
  • Renato Coelho

    Ficamos felizes em participar do festival.

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Great having your film

  • Matthew Mills

    Truly, this was a massive disappointment. We didn't hear a peep from NewFilmmakers NY but FF says we were a Finalist. There was no communication whatsoever. No call, no email. We didn't screen, we had no part in the festival community, and we completely wasted our entry fee. There are far more exemplary festivals to consider. Something tells me a large part of the NewFilmmakers NY annual budget is comprised of submission fees. Spend your hard-earned dollars somewhere else. This festival is no good.

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    We did screen your film FOR FLINT in 2017 but sorry we were unable to screen your latest.

  • Federico Francioni

    My film was "semi-finalist" in january, and in july I still hasnt' had any communication, I don't know if they showed it, where or when. For a 50$ submission it's quite a fraud, in my opinion. But honestly, you can see it from a mile - and I knew that. But I love the New York Film Archives, and I was just hoping for a nice chance to show my film there...

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Sorry we can not screen every films submitted to us

  • Thanks for the great response. The "Orson Rehearsed" team really appreciates the boost!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Great having you. Look forward to your next one.

  • Preston Zeller

    The festival selected my film, though no word on screening or how the "festival" was conducted. Email communication was vague. This appears to be nothing but a scammy revenue generator as a "festival" though that's it.

    July 2022