The Newark International Film Festival is a three day festival that showcases the innovation and breadth of the film industry. Located 15 minutes from New York, Newark IFF maximizes exposure for your film, screenplay or series by drawing film and entertainment leaders from both NYC and LA.

Events include:
--screenings at a number of cultural anchor institutions and outdoor screenings;
--stunt exhibitions;
--pitch opportunities and auditions for TV and film;
--acting, directing, producing and crowd funding workshops, and much more.

The festival provides a number of engaging experiences for attendees such as pop-up concerts from hip hop to jazz, house to gospel and more, as well as a televised awards and entertainment showcase and a film scavenger hunt.

The NIFF is the first international film festival hosted in Newark. A main feature of the NIFF is the Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking in homage to Hannibal Goodwin, the Episcopal priest who invented celluloid film 1887 in Newark, NJ.

See full rules and terms on our website at NewarkIFF.com.

All submissions must be submitted via the online system, no exceptions.
All submissions must be received by the deadlines indicated, no exceptions.
All submissions must include the designated deadline fee, no exceptions unless authorized by the Submissions Coordinator or Festival Director.
Submissions which do not include the designated deadline fee may be considered for screening and awards, but not for cash prize categories.
Submissions submitted under student categories may be included in the NewarkIFF Youth Festival.
All submissions must be in English or with English subtitles. Screenplays must be in English.
There is a tiered deadline submission system of: Early Deadline (March 21, 2018); Regular Deadline (May 21, 2018); and Late Deadline (July 21, 2018). No submissions will be accepted after July 21, 2018.
All entries must be created after January 1, 2017.
If accepted to the festival, filmmakers will be notified of necessary playback format.

General submission information for Narrative Features:
Run Time: 72 minute minimum.
.May NOT be posted online or available for download or purchase on any platform, including but not limited to Netflix, HULU, digital download, or DVD/Blu-ray.
If the film has screened and won awards at previous festivals, please indicate which festivals and the awards given.
Submissions must be received no later than July 21, 2018.

General submission information for Short Films:
Run Time: 40 minutes or less including credits.
If the film has screened and won awards at previous festivals, please indicate which festivals and the awards given.
Submissions must be received no later than July 21, 2018.

General submission information for Documentaries:
Run Time: 45 minute minimum.
If the film has screened and won awards at previous festivals, please indicate which festivals and the awards given.
Submissions must be received no later than July 21, 2018.

General submission information for Web Originals:
Must submit no more than two original episodes of the series for consideration (as one upload).
Running Time: Each episode must be no more than 20 minutes in length.
Episode(s) must be produced post January 1, 2017 – not web series itself.
Genres accepted: animation, drama, comedy, documentary style, reality based etc.
Genres NOT accepted: extreme violence, degradation of any sort (included but not limited to women, children, religious groups, gender degradation, ethical/racial profiling and/or degradation).
Submissions must be received no later than July 21, 2018.

General submission information for Screenplay Competitions:
Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN ENGLISH.
Feature screenplays must be between 65 and 125 pages in length; short screenplays must be between 1 and 49 pages. Absolutely no exceptions.
You may submit a screenplay one time and resubmit that screenplay post analysis; one person/entity may only submit one work.
Screenplay titles cannot be changed upon resubmission under any circumstances.
If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that screenplay will no longer be eligible.
Screenplays, including but not limited to outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to said screenplay, that have previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, workshop, deal, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.
Submissions must be received no later than July 21, 2018.

General submission information for Reality TV Competitions:
A pilot episode of a reality-based television must submitted.
All Entries must be in English or have English subtitles.
Running Time: Pilot episode must be no more than 20 minutes in length.
Genres NOT accepted: extreme violence, degradation of any sort (included but not limited to women, children, religious groups, gender degradation, ethical/racial profiling and/or degradation).
Submissions must be received no later than July 21, 2018.

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  • Giorgi Tkemaladze

    Thank you very much for the festivities of the festival were original and effective, I wish you
    success and a lot of love ❤

    September 2018
  • Fantastic communication. Thanks for screening our film Naangu (Four)

    September 2018
  • Andre Joseph

    I was highly impressed not only by the quality of the selected films but also the presentation of NewarkIFF. The turnout for my block was absolutely fantastic and the response was overwhelmingly positive. I personally want to thank the festival founder Ken Gifford for giving us the platform to finally have our film play on a big screen in front of a real audience. It was also such an honor to be playing opposite a new film by one of my cinematic heroes, Mario Van Peebles, whose dad Melvin kicked down the doors for all of us in this business. It was truly an honor and a privilege to be part of this exciting event.

    September 2018

  • Very grateful for the nomination, it is an incredible festival.

    September 2018
  • Samson Styles

    The Newark International Film Festival not only selected my documentary but I also won for best documentary. The after parties were off the hook and felt like a family affair. The panels and discussions were very informative. This experience was awesome.

    September 2018