Big Apple Women's Film Festival and Screenplay Competition is a celebration of women filmmakers in NYC! Presented by the Big Apple Film Festival Year Round Screening Series. Includes Q and A with filmmakers and a networking reception.

BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" and "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals", is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world.

ALUMNI FILMS include Academy Award and Golden Globe nominees, SAG Award winners and nominees, as well as films released by HBO, Showtime, IFC, Netflix, Amazon, Itunes and More...


Jesse Eisenberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Morgan Spurlock, Alan Cumming, Jackie Martling (The Howard Stern Show), Jerry Stiller, Karen Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Kevin Corrigan, Katherine Waterston, Ernie Hudson, Mario Cantone, Elias Koteas, Zoe Lister Jones

The New York Times
MovieMaker Magazine (Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals and Top 25 Festivals Worth The Entry Fee)
CBS News (Top 5 Eating and Drinking Events in New York)
The Hollywood Reporter
PIX News

And more..

Winning scripts receive the opportunity to pitch their script to production companies, agents and other industry representatives through Virtual PitchFest, including NBC Universal, Warner Bros., UTA, The Gersh Agency, and many more.

Feature length screenplay winners of the Big Apple Women's Film Festival will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.

Producers have made more than 350 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

1. Feature films, short films, web series/TV pilots and screenplays must be created by women filmmakers and/or screenwriters.
2. Feature films must be over 60 minutes.
3. Short films must be under 60 minutes.
4. Web series/TV Pilot episodes must be under 60 minutes
5. Feature screenplays must be over 60 pages
6. Short screenplays must be under 60 pages.
7.Feature film and short film submissions may not currently have distribution
8. Screenplay submissions can not have been purchased or optioned at the time of entry.
9. Screenplays may not be altered or revised in any way once entry is complete.
10. Submission fees are non-refundable

Overall Rating
  • Maggie Politi

    We loved having BFF get it's NYC premiere at The Big Apple Festival. They had great communication leading up to it, with lots of promoting on Instagram. They had a great step & repeat & a thoughtful talk back afterwards. The theatre was very clean, big, & nice:) Thanks for a great time & thanks for honoring women in film!

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • This festival was a great experience. Well organized, very professional, with great communication from the organizers. I highly recommend it to filmmakers and writers. My script THE PAISLEY WITCH TRIAL won Best Screenplay and the value and honor of winning in a prestigious New York festival is unsurpassed.

    January 2019
  • Absolutely the best film festival! The best communicators. The Best Director. The best judges. The best films. BAFF is the real deal. Real recognition. Real prizes. Honest people promoting the best stories.

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!

  • Mary C. Ferrara

    I'm so humbled my script was a finalist in such an esteemed festival! Great communication, thanks again!

    January 2019
  • Marianne Hettinger

    I absolutely adore this festival! My feature film "Prince Harming" just had its world premiere with a live screening at this festival. The movie theater is beautiful in the heart of Chelsea. The seats are on a steep incline, perfectly placed, so you can see the screen without a head in front of you obstructing the view, but most importantly: From the moment I walked in with my cast and crew and friends, we were all made feel so welcome. The DCP of my movie played with the right sound levels, the Q and A after was great and also, the publicity was great before the screening: Jonathan Lipps, the founder of the Big Apple FF, interviewed me and posted the podcast on Spotify, he was a great interviewer, especially with a theme of domestic abuse he asked wonderful questions. I loved the A and A after the screening and after there was a very cozy and interesting reception with great food/drink.
    An event that everyone will have great memories of and that helps me get my movie out there since it's a wonderful reputable festival.

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!