YoungFilmmakers at NewFilmmakers is a unique screening series for High School and College age filmmakers.

After many years in theaters, we have taken an exciting new direction with YoungFilmmakers and NewFilmmakers called NewFilmmakersPlus which will move our festival into the digital age and allow us to reach international audiences.

While theaters have been closed, our online audiences have greatly exceeded those in theaters. With NewFilmmakers Plus we have added audience participation missing in most online screenings with GroupView, which allows filmmakers, cast, and crew as well as audience members to watch and comment on films together.

In addition our films will now be available for two weeks and screenable any time of the day instead of only one night. This allows more people to see our films and makes it easier to set up a screening event with friends and colleagues. As requested we are switching to filmmaker hosted files utilizing unlisted links which will eliminate the need to transcode and to send us large files as well as giving filmmakers control over their film.

In today’s world online screenings, whether in a film festival or on NetFlix, give filmmakers worldwide audiences instead of limited local ones. With NewFilmmakers Plus filmmakers not only reach worldwide audiences but can interact with them as they would at a traditional theater.

Check out for pictures from all of our ongoing screenings!

"Audience Choice award" granted on a quarterly basis.

NewFilmmakers New York (“AltFest” “YoungFilmmakers” henceforth “sections”) are hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless NewFilmmakers New York and its sections 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.

By submitting your film to NewFilmmakers NY or its sections you commit to a possible public screening of your film with NewFilmmakers NY. Films submitted may be moved, at the programmer’s discretion, within sections

NewFilmmakers and its sections are not liable for the return of films which have been submitted for screening or adjudication.

NewFilmmakers and its sections do not pay screening fees.

NewFilmmakers and its sections reserve the right to cancel and/or change screening dates without prior contact.

All submission fees to the festival and/or sections are nonrefundable. Filmmaker understands that submitting to multiple sections does not improve their chances of screening.

By being accepted into the NewFilmmakers or one of the section programs you agree to send a Digital screener within the stipulated deadline or forfeit your screening date. NewFilmmakers and its sections are not responsible for rescheduling films which have been pulled from consideration by the submitting party or have not furnished an accompanying digital screener within reasonable time.

NewFilmmakers and its sections are not responsible for the costs of receiving or shipping DCPs and all DCPs must be accompanied by a digital screener.

Overall Rating
  • Connie Jo Sechrist

    Great festival. Great communication. Will definitely submit again.

    July 2020
  • Jaret Martino

    As an artist, I create projects that make a difference and shed light on subject matters deserving of more attention from society and from the filmmaking community. We're thrilled that YoungFilmmakers saw the importance of including "The Worst Day of My Life". Creating a ripple effect that helps change the direction of people's lives. It's such an honor and we appreciate the hard work that goes into putting together a Festival and shining a light for so many. This festival is organized and communicative, and I plan to submit all my upcoming films to this wonderful platform! Thanks so much!

    April 2020
  • Luz Emma Canas

    The venue alone should be an impetus for any filmmaker to submit to YoungFilmmakers and Newfilmmakers Film Festivals. Anthology Film Archives is an iconic cultural institutions instrumental in the preservation and presentation of classic and emerging international cinema. Just to be screened in the same place that houses and shows so many films that have inspired our film journey was a blessing and an honor. I highly recommend this film festival. Everything from communication, to reception of Official Selection laurels to the screening were stellar. Thank you for including our short film, Stolen Moments in 2017.

    December 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being a part of YoungFilmmakers!!

  • Wonderful learning and networking experience. Thrilled to have my film selected and screened. Communication is excellent especially the assistance and coordination on networking. Thanks for the opportunity.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Cheers! Networking is one of the most important parts of being a filmmaker.

  • Timothy Collins

    This is a quality festival that really cares about showcasing and encouraging young, up-and-coming filmmakers. We got to go to NYC and have our film screened at an awesome, landmark venue - Anthology Film Archives. We also got to participate in a live-streamed Q&A about our film. Overall it was a very positive experience. I would recommend for any young filmmakers or student filmmakers to submit to this festival!

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Timothy!