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
  • Wayne Keeley

    We are thrilled that See Evil was a finalist in the screenplay competition and had a wonderful time. It is a very significant festival

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • This review is actually for the BAFF Horrorfest, at which I was fortunate enough to be a screenwriting finalist. Being from Australia, I was unfortunately unable to attend, but their communication was top notch and they were extremely hospitable to a rep that I was able to send. Our rep said that the curated films were very good and the overall feel of the event was terrific. Will certainly be submitting our finished short film to the Festival next year. Highly recommended.

    November 2018
  • Janelle Stein

    We had an amazing time at the Big Apple Film Festival: Web Series & Music Video Expo! This was a beautiful experience for all of us! We needed it! There are so many great series, projects, producers, and actors involved! It's a great way to meet other like-minded creators and it definitely gives you a boost of energy to keep pushing forward!

    Thank You Big Apple Film Festival! :)

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Carolyn Pierre Outlar

    Great experience and met some talented filmmakers!! I would definitely recommend submitting!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Julius Kelly

    The festival is always a blast. Plus the joy of screening your work on the latest screen and sound is always a plus.

    The staff is amazing.

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!