12th Annual
Zero Film Festival - New York
November 08, 2020 to November 10, 2020

Zero Film Festival is the first and only festival EXCLUSIVE to self financed filmmakers and the authentically independent films they create.

ZFF is an independent not-for-profit organization firmly committed to supporting under-represented filmmakers and screening the world's best self-financed films for cinema lovers everywhere. ZFF focuses on community, inclusivity, innovation and good times on planet Earth.

Zero Film Festival - Focusing on a niche in the independent film community which has been under appreciated and ignored, Zero Film Festival is the first and only festival exclusively screening self financed films from filmmakers all over the world.

In the age where the majority of festivals are Hollywood marketing campaigns, and even "indie" and "underground" festivals screen financed films, we are here to offer a unique opportunity. We recognize authentically independent films and filmmakers who take risks and fight odds to see their cinematic visions through.

Based in New York, this festival utilizes hometown connections and partnerships to create Zero's most innovative and largest festival.


Zero Film Festival has established itself as a festival representing authenticity, integrity and innovation. Since 2007, ZFF has screened over 500 films from filmmakers in five continents.

Zero Film Festival alumni have gone on to receive distribution and financing for their next film projects.

Join the filmmaker community of one of the fastest growing film festivals!

Audience Choice Award- Cash Prize
Grand Jury Award- Cash Prize

Zero Film Festival is the the first festival exclusive to independent filmmakers. Your film MUST be self-financed.

You MUST include a cover letter with your entry, detailing premiere status, why you made this film and any noteworthy details we should know before previewing it.


A select few filmmakers from this year's program will be invited to include their films in International ZERO Film Fest Screenings and inclusion in the Zero Film Festival DVD.

Along with your submission to Zero Film Festival, you can opt in to the ZFF Written Review/Feedback, which offers filmmakers a chance to receive feedback about their films. For filmmakers we aren't able to program, it will explain the reasons why as well as provide suggestions for making future projects more program friendly. For accepted filmmakers, it provides feedback and a base from which to gather a pres quote.


Zero Film Festival is 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 (including but not limited to multiple screenings in multiple U.S. and International locations), and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Zero Film Festival 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.

Overall Rating
  • Greg Hall

    Very happy to be included in the 2019 selection, couldn't attend the screening but a great platform for screening independent cinema in new york.

    December 2019
  • John Gillen

    I had a fantastic experience at this festival. The hosts were considerate and curated both the audience and the program in order to ensure that everyone involved got the most they could out of the festival. I also got to connect with some exceptionally talented filmmakers and see some very well made shorts. One of the best experiences I've had as a filmmaker so far. Cant' wait to go back.

    November 2019