The chief principle behind the NYLA International film festival is to create prominent networking and artistic interaction between talented independent filmmakers,writers, distributers and film enthusiast.

The New York Los Angeles International Film Festival is a biannual event taking place in two of the biggest media cities in the world. Our New York screenings take place in May and our Los Angeles screenings in October. Thus, providing filmmakers with maximum exposure and networking opportunities for their projects. The NYLA humbly takes honor in providing such a platform for the many independent filmmakers and writers attempting to launch their careers and share their creative talents. With becoming one of the larger independent festivals on the horizon, we look forward to kicking off the New York Screening session of the NYLA this May and showcasing the expressive artistry of the stars of tomorrow.

Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Script

Audience Award

Select Number of Honorable Mention Awards

NYLA General Submissions Rules
Submissions in other than English must be subtitled or dubbed.
The entry fee is per category.
Entries must have been produced within the past ten years.
Label DVD with the FilmFreeway Tracking ID, Film Title and Email Address.

The NYLA 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 Competition reserves the right to refuse entries. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The NYLA 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. Entries will not be returned.

Overall Rating
  • Fantastic festival! Our entire team had a really positive experience with NYLA! Thank you for the award winner !!! I strongly recommend submitting your film to this highly regarded and prestigious festival!

    May 2020
  • Mark Donnell

    It was great to be part of this event. Thanks for including me and my work.

    May 2020
  • The communication with NYLA IFF was surprisingly quick, and hospitable. The host was superb-very entertaining and quick-witted. When we asked for our pictures in high quality, they arrived immediately. This was a lovely experience, and a big milestone for us. Thank you for appreciating and understanding the layers of our work!

    November 2019
  • It was a wonderful experience! Hope to come back next year!

    May 2019
  • Agnese Pagliarani

    very kind and great communication! Thank you!

    October 2018