Now in its eighth year, the Northeast Film Festival showcases top independent films from filmmakers, as well as new talent. The diverse array of films, selected by a committee, includes features and shorts from all genres, as well as documentaries and screenplays. The festival is hosted in Teaneck New Jersey at the historic Teaneck Cinemas; with planned parties to kick off the festival in style and spirit. In addition, we offer an atmosphere for the film enthusiast to interact with filmmakers as well as filmmakers being able to interact and network with each other and industry professionals.

The festival includes after parties, to offer opportunities for interacting and networking with other filmmakers, actors, and film festival goers. In past years, Harry Lennix, Lloyd Kaufman, Danny Roebuck, Vinnie Pastore, David Harris, Robert Clohessy, Brian O'Halloran, Fatima Ptacek, Gianni Russo, Duane Whitaker, producers from NBC, among many others attended the festival's after parties (and festival).

All winners receive a trophy presented during our awards gala. The previous year's gala awards ceremonies have been hosted by Mary Dimino (SNL).


1. Northeast Film Festival competition categories are open to the United States and International entries.
2. All entries must submit preview screeners on DVD (NTSC) or Blu-Ray or via online through FilmFreeway. Any other method must receive prior approval from the festival.
3. Foreign language entries must have English language subtitles.
4. Entries must have been completed in the past 3 years.
5. Applicants may submit as many entries as they wish, as long as each entry has a separate entry form and fee.
6. Entries must include contact information, submission tracking #, and both an email address and phone number if possible, on all DVD and Blu-Ray submissions.
7. For DVD and Blu-Ray submissions, please submit in sturdy containers and/or bubble wrap to avoid damage. No fiber filled envelopes. DVD and Blu-Ray submissions will not be returned to the submitters.
8. Northeast Film Festival has the right to screen any film or projects submitted to the Northeast Film Festival without paying screening fees.
9. In order to receive an award trophy, the project's producer or director must be present, unless a physical festival is not held.
10. If officially selected, it is the responsibility of the submitter to send the festival their film in DVD or Blu-Ray format.
11. Screening copies will not be returned to the submitter, unless a pre-paid return mailer is included.
12. All decisions made by the festival are final and at their discretion.

Payments can be made through FilmFreeway by credit card, or by check or money order. If payment is not made by credit card through FilmFreeway, the submission must also include a check or money order of the appropriate funds made out to: Northeast Film Festival or NEFF. Send all materials to: Northeast Film Festival, PO Box 2026. Teaneck, NJ 07666. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Wow! What a great weekend at the Northeast Film Festival. Larry Rosen and the entire staff were so gracious to this first time movie maker. I really felt a part of the film community. Plus I got to meet some wonderfully talented people. Oh and seeing my film on the big screen was the thrill of a lifetime.

    September 2019
  • Jack Foley

    The Northeast Film Festival is first-rate in every aspect. Larry Rosen and his staff go to great lengths to provide an exciting experience for every filmmaker, actor and attendee. Communication leading up to the event is excellent, highlighted by some really nice publicity on their Facebook page and website. The afterparties are a nice touch and we were able to network with several other filmmakers. Our film "Suction" made its theater premiere at the festival in front of a full house. I would highly recommend submitting your film to this quality festival.

    September 2019
  • Dianne Rothenberg

    As a first time writer/producer, I was thrilled to have my film, 'Benefits Not Included' be accepted to the Northeast Film Festival. This 3 day festival was not only exceptional in how efficiently and friendly it was run by Larry and his team, but by the diverse and talented films that were shown! There also were so many artists to network with and exchange information. I drove in and had no trouble finding free parking, but there was also easy bus transportation from the city. I highly recommend this festival.

    September 2019
  • Mitch Roberson

    This was my second time at the Northeast Film Festival and I have to say it never disappoints. I was honored to not only attend but to be nominated as well. Larry and his team are always present and have open communication from beginning to end. The venue is close to buses from NY and offers a great space to view films as well as networking with fellow artists. There's press, goodie bags, red carpet, an array of films, q &a after every block, and after parties every night. You will never miss out. If you want a reputable festival with an awesome mix of films as well as a great group of people, I highly recommend the Northeast Film Festival. You won’t be disappointed!!

    September 2019
  • Joshua Nelson

    Excellent festival! Run really well and it's always wonderful to have your films screened in a big movie theatre. Highly recommended!!!!

    September 2019