The Bowery Film Festival is determined to bring about a cinematic revolution unseen since the 70’s, striving to discover a new wave of renegade filmmakers creating raw, gritty, funny, and bombastic art in one of the most culturally rich and progressive neighborhoods in New York City. Our mission is simple: to showcase works from filmmakers of all walks of life regardless of gender, race, age, creed, sexual orientation, or political affiliation and provide them with a platform to jumpstart their careers.

As mentioned in New York Magazine, the Bowery Film Festival provides “great opportunities for aspiring filmmakers to network and establish street cred over booze… with radical lineups and local flavors.” HoneySuckle Magazine agrees “an incredible night of groundbreaking, heartbreaking, and hilarious films… remaining true to its Bowery roots and foraging ahead in new territory – exactly what the festival’s namesake neighborhood is known for.” Finally, NY1’s Emmy-Award winning reporter Cheryl Wills noted in a live coverage, the “Bowery Film Festival is hot on movies that are adventurous and have shock value.”

Located in one of the oldest thoroughfares in NYC, the Bowery is known by its singular namesake where world-renowned artists have lived, created and thrived…The Bowery also marked the eastern border of the "Five Points" slum popularized in the movie Gangs of New York. Home to Martin Scorsese, William Burroughs, and the Punk Rock Scene, the Bowery is one of the great highways of humanity, a highway of seething life, varied interests, fun, diverse culture, art, and rock-and-roll.

Bowery Film Festival hosts live screening events in movie theaters, unique spaces and historical venues on the Bowery along with Q&A with filmmakers and the opportunity to network at our opening and closing night parties. We have over $10,000 in total prizes and the bragging rights of having screened on the Bowery!

All genres/forms accepted. Seeking Feature Films, Short Films, Web Series, Documentary, Music Videos, Experimental Works, Animation, and Video Art. We accept works-in-progress.

Although we have no premiere policy, works must have been completed after January 1, 2017. All foreign-language works MUST be subtitled in English to be considered.

1. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
- There is no premiere policy.
- Works-in-progress are accepted.

2. Exhibition Format: h.264 Quicktime file

3. Please disregard any automatic notifications from FilmFreeway. If you don't hear from us DIRECTLY via email, your work is still in consideration for the Bowery Film Festival. Please bear with us as we carefully review all works submitted to us with extreme care and consideration.

Overall Rating
  • We were on a shoot so most of us were unable to attend our screening at the festival but several of our actors went and really enjoyed themselves, commenting on the great selections that our film JONES was paired with in The Female Gaze block. This block also opened the festival and was completely sold out. Another plus was that Honey Suckle Magazine attended the screening so we got a nice press mention. Will definitely be submitting for work to BFF!

    April 2019
  • Alexis Karl

    The Bowery Film Festival is one of the most inventive, ground breaking, challenging festivals for independent and art house film. I was so impressed with all of the films screened over the four days- each curated wonderfully, and all championing both independent films and their makers, as well as female directors. Communication was perfect, as was the graciousness and inclusiveness of the festival founders and their team. These gents know how to throw a great party, and the whole festival felt celebratory and very special to be a part of. We took home the Best Experimental Film award to our delight and surprise, as all of the films were really outstanding, and of very high quality. Networking was so fabulous that I met a great DP who I included on a shoot the following week! I will be submitting my future films to this festival for sure, and am thrilled to be a part of the Bowery Film Fest family!

    April 2019
  • Awesome festival that has great parties and networking, super fast and easy communication and the perfect rock and roll vibe! So excited that our film, Tarab, which features a strong female narrative, female director, writer and producers, was awarded Best Feature Film! As female filmmakers, we felt totally supported and appreciated throughout the festival process!

    April 2019
  • GG Hawkins

    Really supportive and inclusive festival. Loved all the venues. Thanks for creating a great space for filmmakers!

    April 2019
  • So enjoyed being part of this festival and highly recommend to others. I especially appreciated the thoughtful approach to the programming of each block. Our film, Chronicles of a Bleep Year Old Woman, features a female narrative and a character going to beginner ballet class in NYC. We were paired with two other wonderful female filmmakers whose works featured dance in a block entitled "Make Your Move." Pairing of creative concepts and women making their moves in the world. Loved it. Thanks for including us!

    April 2019