The New York Independent Film Festival is a celebration of independent cinema in the heart of New York City. NYIFF is focused on bringing immense value to filmmakers: Through our showcase, panels, masterclasses, awards, development, networking, and more. The goal is to ensure everyone involved in every iteration of The New York Independent Film Festival is thrilled with every aspect of the event and the opportunities within it.
The New York Independent Film Festival was built with the love of independent filmmaking in mind. Beyond all else, it's a value-focused event structured with passion for the craft, operated by film industry professionals with worldwide judges from the professional producing, writing and development worlds.
Above all else, the New York Independent Film Festival is dedicated to bringing as much value to independent filmmakers and screenwriters as possible. From educational resources, to collaboration opportunities, to networking, to showcases, to masterclasses: We are all about shining light on excellent independent film work as well as providing the most opportunity for filmmakers across the globe.
**The 2023 Film Festival is coming up, from September 4-6, 2023 - So keep an eye out on your inbox if you've submitted to this year's event!
The season we've just opened for submissions is the 2024 edition of the festival, so if you've submitted to the 2023 event, stay tuned! See you next month!
The 2024 Edition of the festival will be a hybrid event, offering attendance for both the in-person, live version of the festival as well as the online, immersive festival experience.
Jury Award Prizes in the following categories:
-Best Narrative Feature
-Best Narrative Short
-Best New Media
-Film of The Year
Plus, all winners will be invited through to submit their work to our partnered film distribution company based out of New York City, to take your work to the next level!
All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway with a secure online screener.
-Each accepted film must be submitted in the .mp4 or .mov format, preferably.
-By submitting to the festival you confirm that you own the rights of the film, including the rights to the music in the film.
-There is no minimum running time.
-Films must have been completed on or after Jan 1, 2018.
-All genres are welcome (narrative, animated, experimental, documentary or music video).
-Filmmakers may submit multiple entries as long as each film is submitted with its own Entry Form, online screener and paid Entry Fee.
-Submission Fees are non-refundable