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 NYC neighborhoods. 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.

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 American Punk 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.

BFF hosts screenings and film parties throughout the year in hip and edgy venues on the Bowery in New York City with Q&A discussion with directors, producers, screenwriters, and actors and the opportunity to network with industry professionals at our networking events and opening and closing night parties. The winner of each quarterly screening will win over $2000 in prizes.

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, 2014. All foreign-language works MUST be subtitled in English to be considered.

1. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2014.
- 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
  • 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
  • Grace 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
  • Alexandra Mastoon

    AMAZING festival! We were so happy to have our film "Word Is Bond" win best short film! The Bowery team were communicative, organized, kind, and passionate about highlighting innovative filmmakers not afraid to be different. Thank you again and hope to be a part of this festival next year!

    April 2019
  • Had a blast! The team behind BFF are top notch. They truly support the projects and creators and truly put on a special festival. Highly recommended!

    November 2018