After a successful inaugural year with full auditoriums, exciting parties, a fancy awards show and a memorable event, New York CineFest is back for its 2nd year! Playing in May at the Cinépolis Luxury Cinema theaters in Chelsea.

Our event will host a lively opening night red carpet party followed by days of screenings in a modern theater with reclining seats and great food and drink options!

In one of the most vibrant cities in the world, the festival will take place in the charming and high-end neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan. In addition to the screenings, there is a lot to enjoy with art, music, food and nightlife in the city that never sleeps!

New York CineFest will offer glass awards given to multiple categories in both features and shorts.

There is no limit to the number of films you can submit; however, each film submitted by you must be original and different from any other film submitted by you and accompanied by its own completed submission form and participant agreement.

Films must be in English or subtitled in English and must be submitted via the FilmFreeway platform. All eligible entries received by New York CineFest will be judged by the New York CineFest selection committee. New York CineFest reserves the right to disqualify or reject any film that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, to contain prohibited content or is offensive, inappropriate or otherwise unacceptable. Selections will be notified by email.

By submitting your film for consideration to New York CineFest, you agree that you possess the rights to all visual elements and sound, including music, used in your film and you allow New York CineFest to publicly screen your film, if and when it is announced as an official selection of the festival.

Digital Cinema Package, DCP, Required - The festival will only play films in the DCP format in the theater. Discs and video files of any other kind are not acceptable.

Any costs associated with making DCPs and/or movie files are paid for by the filmmakers. The festival is not responsible for the cost of any DCP creation or delivery
and will not refund or reimburse any costs associated with the making of DCPs for any reason.

The festival reserves the right to change, postpone or cancel the event at anytime for any reason with no obligation to offer refunds or reimbursement of costs for any expenses filmmakers may have had associated with the festival including but not limited to travel, marketing materials, DCP creation and delivery, and/or ticket purchases.

Employees (and their immediate families (parent, spouse, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related) of New York CineFest and any of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies or festival sponsors, are not eligible to enter films for competition.

Overall Rating
  • Richard Zelniker

    I wasn't able to be there in person, but my screening went incredibly well. The team at New York Cinefest are remarkable people. Thanks Gustavo and team!

    December 2022
  • Was very dissapointed to miss this festival due to contracting Covid-19 but honored that Disconnected was not only accepted but also received a nomination for Oustanding Pilot. I have been a fan of North Hollywood Cine Fest for years and am really glad to see it do so well in New York City.

    June 2022
  • Lisa Marie Tedesco

    Great fest. Great experience. Wonderful time screening in the heart of Chelsea. Gustavo was a great organizer and wonderful host. He was easy to talk to and made the process easy. Would recommend!

    June 2022
  • Jim Bernfield

    Fun festival with good taste in films (and I'm not just saying that because our film won Best Picture). Great venue in the heart of Manhattan. Very transparent leadership and strong communications. And plenty of time to network with other filmmakers at the fest and at the parties. Well done.

    June 2022
  • Chris Carvalho

    What a pleasure it was to be in Chelsea for the inaugural New York CineFest. Gustavo and his team could not have been more welcoming and the venue at the Cinepolis was top notch. A great overall atmosphere and an amazing lineup of projects. I would highly recommend this festival and hope to be able to submit again.

    June 2022