YoFiFest is Your Film Festival! Now in its 12th year, the 2024 YoFiFest Film Festival returns this November to celebrate moving pictures, the people who make them and the people who watch them. Voted by filmmakers as a Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway (NINE TIMES!), YoFiFest was created for filmmakers by filmmakers. Movie Maker Magazine says “what stood out at YoFiFest was the organizers’ obvious respect for the people who craft cinema and video.”

Located on the beautiful Hudson River, YoFiFest takes place in the booming downtown Yonkers waterfront, home to first class restaurants, bars, coffee shops, galleries, waterfront promenade, and even a brewery! With the construction of several studios in Yonkers, including our neighbors Lionsgate Studios, Yonkers is now home to the largest modern film and TV production facility on the East Coast and is rapidly becoming a hub for filmmakers and other creators.

From opening night’s Red Carpet Reception, through our Closing Night Party, YoFiFest is a welcoming and inclusive festival that celebrates filmmakers at every stage of their careers. Our schedule is jam packed with screenings, workshops, panels, networking opportunities and parties that honor and celebrate the independent, artistic spirit from around the world, and right in our own backyard. And it’s run by film, television and audio/visual professionals, ensuring all films receive high quality presentation in actual theaters.

YoFiFest takes the selection process very seriously and is careful to ensure that each movie is reviewed by the screenings committee and programmer, in its entirety, at least three times. We are filmmakers ourselves, and we understand and respect the amount of hard work put into each film. 100% of the films played at our YoFiFest 2022 festival were films selected from FilmFreeway submissions! Out of fairness to all filmmakers who submit to the festival, we don't offer any fee waivers. Every film accepted is eligible for our Audience Choice Award in its category.*

While we are well known for our in person parties and mixers, filmmakers have been raving about our Virtual Lobby and online social events that we developed over the last few years to meet the challenges and needs of the pandemic. In light of the demand, and to include as many filmmakers as possible, we’ll be bringing back our Virtual Meet the Filmmaker Nights, Online (and in Person) Trailer Party, Speed Networking Events, Remote Mix&Mingles and more! Filmmakers who attend in person will receive an All Access VIP pass that allows entry to the Opening Night Taste of Yonkers Red Carpet Reception, All the AfterParties, the Closing Night Party and EVERY screening, workshop, panel, party, networking and social event through out the festival!

We believe that a robust range of voices and stories makes for a better and more interesting community. We're committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and we welcome and strongly encourage women, persons of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community to submit.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to seeing your work!

Awards & Prizes


All selected films are eligible.

One film from each award category will be the Audience Choice Awards Recipient and one film from each award category will be an Audience Choice Awards Honorable Mention.

Every ticket holder can vote, whether in person or online.

The film will be considered in the category in which it was submitted. You may submit your film to more than one category.

Comedy Short 

Dramatic Short 

Animated Short 

Documentary Short 

Dance Short
Horror/Thriller/Suspense Short

Queer Screen Short
Short Short
Music Video/Trailer
Locally Sourced Short

Student Short

Narrative Feature 

Documentary Feature

Recipients will receive laurels, a dedicated social media announcement, and will be posted on our website.

Like we said, we love filmmakers and want everyone to have a great time! However, we do need a few rules to help us best organize and utilize our dedicated and awesome YoFiFest team.
These regulations apply to all sections and submissions:
• YoFi Fest is open to anyone who wishes to enter.
• Please submit as early as possible. Just makes things easier all around.
• YoFi Fest is an eco-friendly festival, so to reduce waste and environmental impact films must be submitted digitally.
• All films must be in English or with English subtitles.
• In our experience, Vimeo screeners have the best HD playback, and are preferred over FilmFreeway’s video uploads by our screening team.
• YoFiFest is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and therefore we are unable to offer fee waivers under any circumstance. Entry fees support the various event costs (venues, supplies, events, promotional material, online platform etc.) Thank you for your understanding.
• YoFiFest does not consider films that require SCREENING/RENTAL FEES and DOES NOT PAY SCREENING or LICENSING FEES for submitted films. By submitting your film, you acknowledge that the festival will not pay you to present your work.
• FILMS ON YOUTUBE, VIMEO, NETFLIX, ETC.: submitted films should not be commercially available on DVD, or already be on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. We want to show great films to our enthusiastic audience in a dark room on a big screen. Though we consider all submissions, we prefer to give screen time to films that have not been released to the public on YouTube, or other free sites. If your film is selected, we ask that you remove it from all free platforms so that we have the best chance to bring an in person audience to see your film.
• Filmmakers accepted and attending the Festival are responsible for travel and all other expenses. Under normal circumstances, there are a limited number of complimentary rooms available at our hosts private homes for our international and out of town guests and local airbnb and hotel discounts available with prior arrangement. This year being a pandemic, those rooms may not be available.
• If accepted, filmmakers are expected to assist the Festival in the promotion of their screening..
• All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and it is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker to have cleared all rights and releases for exhibition (including music, audio, images, graphics, trademarked images, etc.)
• Only the submitted version of the film may be considered, and swapping it out for alternate cuts is not possible, so please keep this in mind when deciding when to submit.
• If your film is selected, then you will be asked to provide digital stills from the film, press materials, promo clips and video trailer (if available). Please make sure all assets are current and uploaded to your FilmFreeway account if possible.
• Once accepted, all student films must provide a copy of the entrants current student ID or student ID from the year the film was made.
• By submitting your film, you grant YoFiFest the nonexclusive right to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film, as well as your name, photograph, and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding YoFi Fest prior to, during, and/or after the festival.
• YoFiFest may use images, sounds and excerpts from the films for promotional purposes in all media including the website and may present accepted films at any 2018 YoFiFest event.
• Please note that materials, drives, discs, etc. cannot be returned under any circumstances. Please DO NOT send film prints, master tapes, primary hard drives, DVD Masters or other irreplaceable original media.
• YoFiFest is not responsible for any materials that are lost or damaged.
• The entrant shall release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless YoFiFest, and its agents, respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, contractors, partners, sponsors, and volunteers from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses (including, without limitations, attorneys' fees).
• The entrant warrants that he/she is the sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to YoFiFest.
• By entering, the applicant agrees that all information is true and correct and agrees to all festival rules and guidelines.

• While we are hopeful and optimistic we will be able to present a live component of YoFiFest 2022, we will continue to follow all NY State guidelines, rules and laws to make this a fabulous and safe festival for all. To this end, all plans are subject to change as new information evolves.

Overall Rating
  • Jessica Sherr

    Excellent festival with a lot of heart and soul. Patty, Robert, and Dave make you feel so welcome. I loved all the filmmakers I met, saw great films, and the opening gala was stellar. Thank you!

    May 2024
  • Thanks for selecting "Enter the Room" into your festival. The communication was very frequent and concise and I received everything I needed. The venue was nice, the turnout was great and the quality of films during my screening was fantastic. The complimentary food and drinks was also much appreciated. I had a very good experience overall and will definitely consider submitting future projects to YoFiFest, The Yonkers Film Festival.

    November 2023
  • Gabrielle Fox

    Wonderful, welcoming festival for every level of filmmaker and audience! Thrilled to be part of it!!

    November 2023
  • Victoria Bugbee

    YoFIFEST The Yonkers Film Festival was an amazing 10 tens. We were thrilled that my first feature "Out of State-A Gothic Romance" was selected and screened in the 450 seat theater at Yonkers Riverfront Library. The film won The Audience Choice Award with votes from an audience of over 200 film lovers. Patty Schumann and Dave Steck, Co-Founders of YoFIFEST were amazing, so friendly, helpful and ran a high calibre festival. The workshops were a great way to meet filmmakers as well as actors. The shorts, docs and features were outstanding - 130+ films from all over the globe. I hope to come back with another film.

    November 2023
  • A great and amazing film festival! So thankful our short was among some amazing films. We are truly honored.
    YoFiFest is run by a super cool team who truly cares about the art of filmmaking. I highly suggest to submit your film here.

    Jim Morrison
    Kyle vs Karen - Short film
    Instagram - clammyjames

    November 2023