The New York City International Reel Film Festival screens the best of today's independent cinema. NYCIRFF is held annually at the legendary Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan. (Home to celebrated filmmakers such as Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekkas and Stan Brakhage)

NYCIRFF is particularity interested in maverick filmmakers of any orientation, ethnicity, religion or country. Located in NYC, ‘The Capital of the World’, we are an ethnically and creatively diverse audience for your film.

*Reel Eyes on Our World* - “At NYCIRFF we tell stories to connect and inspire our global audience and fellow filmmakers alike."

PROGRAMMING: The festival is programmed by thematic Blocks, grouping complimentary films together to create specific cinematic experiences.

Each Block has a host and is always followed by a Q & A session.


An international jury will select one winner in each category:

- Best Narrative Feature Film
- Best Narrative Short Film
- Best Documentary Film
- Best Short Documentary Film
- Best Student Short Film
- Best Animated Short Film
- Best Experimental Short Film
- Best Web Series
- Best Music Video

The winning filmmakers will receive a high-resolution .png image of our FESTIVAL LAURELS with the "WINNER" label to be used as the filmmaker sees fit. We will also host the winning films prominently on our website.

Each film we designate as an "OFFICIAL SELECTION" will receive a high-resolution .png image of our FESTIVAL LAURELS to be used for marketing and promotional materials.

If there is a film of special note that doesn't fit nicely into a category, often we design a special award to recognize that filmmaker's accomplishments.

We ask that all entrants submit their films exclusively through website. Please see below and check our Call for Entries on our website for further detailed instructions on how to submit your film to NYCIRFF.

All films must be submitted as either an online Screener or Vimeo link (and password) for consideration by the Selection Committee.

Overall Rating
  • Peter Meng

    Kudos to Ben for putting on another great festival in tough times. Good selection of films. Great communication with the filmmakers. Effortless screening on the filmmakers part.

    August 2020
  • Brent Rose

    Our whole team was incredibly honored to have our film "Going It Alone: A Guide to Being Single In a Pandemic" selected, and I don't think any of us expected to win. We're floating on air right now. We're so grateful to this festival for helping to shed light on our little film. It means a lot.

    August 2020
  • Joan Bentosela

    Very interesting selection of films and very good organization.
    Thank you for selecting my short film GONE!!
    I made a video message for them. Too bad I couldn't attend the festival this year :((

    August 2020
  • Daniel Siegelman

    It was great to be a part of this festival! I wasn't able to attend, but I heard great things from those who did. Sending over my film to be screened couldn't have been easier.

    November 2019
  • Janene Lin

    This was such a great festival to be a part of. It was very easy to coordinate with their team and we feel honored for winning the award for best episodic web series.

    November 2019