A film festival run by filmmakers for filmmakers and movie fans in the heart of New York City, the most cinematic city in the whole world.

The New York Cinema Festival invites submissions from filmmakers all over the world and in every genre. We're all about story and visual storytelling, our festival will select the films that tell the best stories and connect with the audience the best.

We feel strongly about recognizing the great work and there will be awards presented for:
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Screenplay (multiple genres)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director (Feature)
Best Director (Short)
Best Screenplay
Best in Festival
AND
Best Animation

We feel that by supporting filmmakers by giving them a venue to screen their movies in New York that we are giving them a huge boost in exposure and kudos. As filmmakers ourselves we know how important and satisfying getting into the right festivals can be and we aim to provide the very best festival experience for all of the films selected.

The festival screenings will take place in the Midtown Manhattan on March 26th 2017.

We feel strongly about recognizing the great work and there will be awards presented for:

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Screenplay (multiple genres)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director (Feature)
Best Director (Short)
Best Screenplay
Best in Festival
AND
Best Animation

All films will be considered for each category automatically.

New York Cinema Festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from New York Cinema Festival.

1. Entries must be submitted by the date of the Final Deadline.(i.e. Submission for Regular Deadline Submissions should be submitted by January 31st, 2017)

2. Entrants must submit an ONLINE digital version of their film for viewing consideration. NO DVD's, Blu-Rays or Computer Files will be accepted.

3. Entry forms and payment will not be processed without an accompanying digital ONLINE Preview Copy in the accepted format. Tell us everything you can about your film and why you are submitting it but at this stage we do not require a press pack.

4. All entries must be in English or subtitled, unless special arrangements have been made with the festival.

5. Please attach/write FilmFreeway Tracking ID on submission materials for tracking purposes.

6. Exceptions to the festival regulations must be authorized by the Festival Director.

7. By submitting, the filmmaker agrees to let the festival use excerpts from their screeners for use in New York Cinema Festival 2017 trailers, publicity and promotions.

8. New York Cinema 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 has all pertinent legal clearances and is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Furthermore, once a film is submitted, approval is granted for festival screening whether it is accepted in other film festivals or not. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless New York Cinema 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 screened or entered.

9. NO FEE WAIVERS ARE AVAILABLE. Emails for such will be ignored.

10. The decision of the festival Co-Directors will be final in all matters.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • David Pinkston

    Very good festival. Great staff communications. "Nut Cracker" was well received.

    April 2017
  • K√©vin Mendiboure

    Really nice festival! It was an honor to get my film "The Shoes" screenplay in Manhattan!!
    Good communication as well and great hospitality+++

    March 2017
  • Kirk Ryde

    A well run festival! Very welcoming to filmmakers, timely promotion, and excellent communication from staff. The quality of films selected was very high, and I was proud that "Rope Trick" could be part of it. Recommended!

    March 2017