New York Tri-State International Film Festival is a relatively young film festival (held 'monthly') based in New York that strives to create an opportunity for emerging filmmakers. Our goal is to be a platform for low budget independent films that tend to create unique narratives and explore social, political and/or psychological themes and topics. Our festival is a platform for emerging filmmakers, actors, cinematographers, editors, and producers all around the world to present their films and to be recognized for their talent and have their films seen globally. It is important for us to play our part in the emergence of new talents in the world of cinema, and, as a result, we consider our festival as a nodal point where the exchanges of perspectives and ideas are made possible.

Please note that the festival is held in an online format each month, but we do have an 'online' screening. Our previous screening was a successful experience with more than 70 films participating.

Best Short Film
Best Feature Film
Best Documentary
Best Micro Film
Best Horror Film
Best Thriller
Best LGBT Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Film In Female Empowerment Category
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Script
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Animation
Best Experimental
Best Music Video
Best Original Score
Best Student Film
Best Poster
Best Trailer
Best Human Rights Film
Best Environmentalist Film

Each submission must be accompanied by a submission fee paid in full and a working screener in order to be considered. Once we have all necessary materials, the submission will be marked “In Consideration”. It is the submitter’s responsibility to make sure that all submission requirements are met. If your film has not been listed “In Consideration” 7 business days after submission, please contact us to find out what is needed to move your film into consideration.

All projects must be submitted via secure online screener - either as a password protected Vimeo link attached to your submission or uploaded directly to FilmFreeway. Online screeners must be available to stream; we do not accept any films that must be downloaded.

All foreign-language films must be submitted with English subtitles. If we discover a foreign-language submission is missing subtitles, we will attempt to email the submitter for an update. If the submitter fails to provide working subtitles by the final submission deadline, the project will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified without refund of submission fees.

Please review all submission categories carefully before submitting your project. All entrants are required to pay the submission fee of their film’s appropriate category. If you believe you have submitted your film to the wrong category, contact us immediately. While we can typically facilitate a change in category, the entrant will be responsible for any changes in submission fees. We cannot offer partial refunds for categories with a smaller fee. If the new category has a higher fee, the entrant is responsible for paying the difference.

Incomplete projects must be clearly listed as such. Films should be marked as either a “Rough Cut” or “Work In Progress/WIP”. All incomplete materials or changes to be made should be clearly indicated (ex: temporary score, missing VFX, no color-correction) both in your cover letter and the film cut itself (ideally as a title card at the start of the film).

The submitter may update their screener up until the final deadline, as long as the link and password for the submission remains the same. Anyway you should not submit your project if it is not complete enough to adequately represent the final product.

By entering your film for consideration to the New York Tri-State Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. The submitter and all filmmakers associated with the project shall indemnify and hold harmless the New York Tri-State Film Festival and any representative or affiliates 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.

All films under 45 minutes in length are considered short films and all submissions are fairly considered by a broad team of programmers and the date of entry bears no relation to the selection decision.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you, it was a great experience!

    April 2021
  • Great film festival which holds great value to films from all across the world.

    April 2021
  • Thank you< New York, I am so excited and happy that TABOO CANDY has been selected t be part of your prestigious festival. It is incredibly uplifting and inspiring to me. Thank you again! JG

    April 2021
  • An outstanding festival that respects the art of film and the process that goes into making one. My gratitude goes to this festival for honouring me as a filmmaker and allowing me to share my story with their community. Responses to emails are quick and thorough allowing for the submission process to go smoothly, which should interest any filmmaker looking for an awesome festival!!!

    March 2021
  • Nathaniel Jimenez

    I appreciate New York Tri-State for welcoming our project "Aerosol Dreamin'." Thank you for celebrating our art with us. I appreciate their communication.

    March 2021