The New Haven International Film Festival May 12 - 15, 2021, is 4 Days and Nights Of Film Exhibition and Competition, Education, Music And Of Course - Parties & Networking!

The New Haven International Film Festival wants to help you get your film out there, seen by the world, and then picked up for distribution. Each year we help many filmmakers connect with production partners and ultimately their online and theatrical distributors.

The NHIFF is Connecticut Film Festival's BIG annual event! It is the culmination of our statewide weekly and monthly screening and series that takes place in half a dozen theaters, museums, and cultural & art venues throughout the state.

The 2021 NHIFF plans to showcase more than 175 fantastic, thought-provoking and entertaining films in numerous award competition categories including but not limited to: Comedy, Narrative Feature, Documentary, Shorts, Micro Shorts, PSAs, Advertisements, Student, and Animation as well as Web Series and Parody Commercials and News Pieces.

The City of New Haven IS the arts and cultural hub of Connecticut as well as a hotbed for innovation and emerging digital media and content creation. New Haven is at the forefront of artistic expression, innovation, and of course emerging music. Its club and restaurant scene are only a few minute's walk from the majority of screening and workshop locations in the downtown area.

New Haven's young populous is not by accident. The downtown area and adjoining region are surrounded by colleges and institutions of higher education including Yale University, Gateway Community College, Albertus Magnus College, Quinnipiac University, University of New Haven, and Southern Connecticut State University to name just a few.

And speaking of education, NHIFF and CTFF are known for producing more than 100 educational events a year throughout the state. NHIFF promises more than a dozen educational workshops, panels, roundtables, and a keynote. Additionally, screenwriters will want to attend our 3-day "Writers Unblocked" intensive screenwriting program.

Audience Favorite
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Comedy Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best New Filmmaker 1st Feature Film
Best Children's Feature Film
Best International Feature Film
Best Student Feature (High School, Undergraduate, Graduate)
Best Connecticut Feature Filmmaker
Best Connecticut Grown Feature Film
Best Sports Feature Film
Best Animation Feature Film
Best Green & Environmental Feature Film
Best Political, Human Rights, Advocacy & Activist Feature Feature Film
Best Mockumentary

Best Music Video
Best Animation Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Dramatic Short
Best Student Short
Best Sports Short
Best Web Series
Best Commercial/Advertisement (Television & Web)
Best Parody
Best Micro Short
Best PSA

The New Haven International Film Festival strives to use independent film, video and new media as a vehicle to challenge and excite audiences, inspiring them to make profound changes in themselves and the world. We feel that thought provoking visual stories, whether they be -documentary, drama or comedy, all have the power to inspire audiences to take action! That’s why your film will help provide our audiences with that important Independent Point of View!

The City of New Haven is a cultural and new media hotbed of film making, digital content creation, and visual arts and storytelling. Surrounded by students from more than a dozen of the region’s universities and colleges and home to Yale University, The New Haven International Film Festival attracts a diverse audience of students, educators, and moviegoers who appreciate film!

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NHIFF Season

To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:
-All entries must be postmarked no later than the deadline date.
-Submission fee. Payments are made through an online submission portal. Checks may be made payable to The Connecticut Film Festival.

Submission Media Format: NTSC Format Only
Feature films must be submitted (Preferably) Online through our submission platform/s or on 2 DVDs with labels indicating:
FilmFreeway tracking number (FF# _ _ _ _ )
The title
Director's name
Running time
Contact phone number
Email address
Applicable website URL
The festival will consider online screenings for feature-length films.

Short Film screeners must be made available online ONLY.

-All films must not have been commercially screened in Connecticut.
-All films must be in English or must have English subtitles.
-Only completed projects will be accepted.
-Filmmaker must have obtained all clearances for exhibition and must certify that the work is original and no disputes regarding ownership exist in the film.
-Only completed submission registrations will be accepted.
-All films must be available to screen immediately.
-Although complete care is given to every entry, the festival cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to materials submitted.
-Please do not send entries in fiber-filled mailers. These mailers can damage both your media and our equipment.
-Screeners will not be returned.

Marketing of your film and the festival
To facilitate the promotion of selected films, the NHIFF requests that submissions include an electronic press kit via Dropbox or other FTP sites or through FilmFreeway’s website. The EPK should not come on a disc. The EPK should include the following:

- 5 JPEG formatted images. 300 Dpi and no greater than 500kb
- 1 Poster image. Hi-Res. No greater than 2 Gb
- 1 WORD document with 3 synopses: a short 50-100 words, medium 100 – 250 words, and a long 250 – 500 words.
- 1 WORD document with 1-2 Press Releases. One short press release describing the film, a second more in-depth press release.
- 1 WORD document listing all URL and social media links

Theatrical Screening Formats
All accepted must be made available in the following formats:

Feature Length Films
BluRay and/or 2 Standard Definition DVD discs as a backup. An additional option is Digital format file: QT H264.MOV files will be considered for features.

Short Films, Commercial/Advertisements, and PSAs will be screened from digital files ONLY, with a few exceptions.

Short Films Theatrical Format: QT H264.MOV and MP4 files. Mail 2 Standard Definition DVD NTSC Only discs as a backup. Additional back up option: BluRay.

The management of the New Haven International Film Festival (NHIFF) and parent company: Connecticut Film Festival LLC (CTFF) reserves the right to decide all questions regarding the rules and regulations. Submission of a film constitutes that the filmmaker accepts the rules and regulations set forth herein.

All film entries selected for the Festival give the New Haven International Film Festival the right to use footage and/or titles from and information about the film for promotional purposes. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for The New Haven International Film Festival.

I, the undersigned, have read and understand the rules, regulations, and guidelines of the Connecticut Film Festival LLC and The New Haven International Film Festival. To the best of my knowledge, all the information is correct as indicated on the submitted entry.

The Connecticut Film Festival LLC and the New Haven International Film Festival is 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 The Connecticut Film Festival LLC and New Haven International Film Festival 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 project through FilmFreeway you acknowledge this paragraph.

The New Haven International Film Festival, Connecticut Film Festival, FilmFest52, Viva Cinema Latino Film Festival. The International PSA & Micro Shorts Competition, NYComedy Shorts, and its ancillary satellite events reserve the right to change event dates. There are no refunds for submissions.

Overall Rating
  • Roger Aylward

    Excellent value in a film festival. A lot of good films and hidden gems. It seemed well coordinated and staffed. It was a good chance to meet other area filmmakers and even met a couple from Europe.

    December 2019
  • George Zouvelos

    We are delighted, and truly humbled that our award winning short film ‘Definitely Soy’, that has previously won for Best Short Film in Rome, Best Actor George Zouvelos in Bollywood, Best Screenplay in London, Best Director in Los Angeles; and, for Best Producers in Calcutta was selected for the New Haven Film Festival. We have and will continue to tell our filmmaker friends and colleagues about the tremendous opportunity your film festival has offered us, with a great value, quality and networking. Warm regards from New York City, I am George Zouvelos, Executive Producer and lead actor ‘Definitely Soy’ on behalf of Fiat Lux Pictures and Film Studios, Inc. New York City, USA.

    September 2019
  • Xstine Cook

    What a worthy and excellent festival! Thanks for giving the Bum Family's work an audience!

    August 2019
  • Thiago Dadalt

    Great Festival, Great people, I can't wait to come back.

    July 2019
  • A big thanks to the team at New Haven International Film Festival! for selecting my short film The Coin!. Couldn;t make it to the festival as I'm all the way down in Melbourne, Australia. But I feel very warm to know it got a screening!

    June 2019