Founded early 2016, New York World (International) Film Festival (NYIFF) is a young and vigorous film festival eager to raise the profile of films from all across the globe. NYIFF is rooted in its mission to strengthen the art of cinematic storytelling by celebrating film at an international level and boosting the film industry on a global scale.

NYIFF hopes to discover films that preserve their own angles, speak for those underrepresented or reveal types of philosophies that have not been understood before.

This organization is grounded in the belief that film has the power to incite dialogues between different people, groups and nations, so that multiple perspectives can be understood amongst wide audiences.

About NYIFF 2017

NYIFF 2017 is a 4-day program, September 21st – 24th, which is comprised of:
Opening ceremony and red carpet
In-competition screening
Spotlight (non-competition screening)
Panel discussions
Closing awards ceremony

The 1st NYIFF will be held from September 21-24, 2017. The 4-day event will include a film competition, forum, and the film screening. Its purpose is to promote international collaborations among film producers and the people within the film industry. An estimate of 500 films will compete in the 1st NYWFF, but only 20 nominated films will be released for screening in the main hall, with a side screening of 10 invited movies in the adjoining screening halls. NYWFF encourages artists to convey different ideologies through movies to achieve a better cultural understanding and to elevate the standard of movie productions by promoting collaborations. The event is comprised of the following events:

Opening ceremony and red carpet
In-competition screening
Spotlight (non-competition screening)
Closing awards ceremony

NYIFF 2017 is calling for entries, starting March 20, 2016 through August20, 2017. Selected entries will be competing for the Empire awards.

The Empire Awards

A variety of well-known judges will be present on the panel to review in the selection of films. The selected films will be given possible screening opportunities at the United Nations and the Museum of the Moving Images. Our reviewing committee will select among nominated movies to award BEST MOVIE, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR/ ACTRESS, BEST SCRIPT, BEST MUSIC, BEST SHORT MOVIE, etc. Awards will be awarded during the closing ceremony on September 24th.

NYIFF 2017 is calling for entries, starting March20, 2017 through August20, 2017. Selected entries will be competing for the following awards:

Feature (Fiction)
Best Director
Best Actor, Best Actress
Best screenplay
Best original music score

Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short

Each year, NYIFF selects a “spotlight theme” to accompany the enhancement of the dialogue . Two jury awards will be given for the selected spotlight films:

Jury award for best narrative

Jury award for best documentary

General Rules and Regulations
Any film completed after January 1, 2013 is eligible for submission for the 2017 festival.
If the film’s final running time is projected to be less than 50 minutes, it must be submitted as a Narrative or Documentary Short film.
If the film’s final running time is projected to be 50 minutes or more, it must be submitted as a Fiction or Documentary Feature film.
All screenplay entries—short or feature—must have not been produced into any form.
Films do not have any premiere requirements. All films are still eligible for submission even if they were previously released theatrically or via any home video platform, broadcast on television or the internet, or screened at any number of film festivals.
All foreign language films must have on-screen English subtitles.
By submitting a film, the applicant represents that he or she has secured authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted film.
All films must be wholly original and not plagiarized. The applicant must obtain any and all consents, licenses, and other authorizations or waiver of any kind necessary for the inclusion or reproduction of any person, character, location, thing, trade-mark, sound recording, musical composition, or other work in the film.
Applicants are obligated to maintain the legal status of the submitted entries. In the event of a legal dispute (such as copyright infringement), the applicants will assume full responsibility and bear all costs of the dispute, including but not limited to legal fees.
NYIFF expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted film. The Festival maintains the right to disqualify any film with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted content or materials.