Our festival by the sea has gained a reputation for fostering a relaxed atmosphere where filmmakers and industry veterans alike gather to enjoy a jam-packed weekend of great films, parties and amusement park rides. MovieMaker Magazine named us one of the and "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" and "25 Coolest Film Festivals"!

Coney Island's independent spirit and irreverent attitude have helped the fest quickly thrive as something distinct from other NYC events. The opening night celebrations pay tribute to Coney Island's renown carnival history with live performances by sideshow freaks, sword swallowers, fire eaters and stars of the New York City burlesque scene!

Early in 2001, the non-profit arts organization Coney Island USA aligned with indiefilmpage.com founder Rob Leddy to create an annual film festival, to raise funds for the not for profit arts organization, Coney Island USA. That fall, the Coney Island Film Festival became a reality.

The festival is entirely run by film, television and audio/visual professionals, ensuring a high quality standard to the event.

Coney Island's characteristic blend of grit and whimsy has inspired filmmakers for generations. From Thomas Edison's first magical motion pictures of the Steeplechase ride to 2010 Festival Honoree Darren Aronofsky's harrowing masterpiece Requiem for a Dream, Coney has a long and intimate history with American cinema. CIFF represents the latest chapter in that history. The Coney Island Film Festival screens a truly eclectic range of films and, much to the delight of our audience, features a number of "made in Coney Island" productions each year. Our festival screens films from all genres. We are as diverse as the neighborhood that we represent.

The festival's ties to carny culture are undeniable. The main screening venue is the legendary Sideshows by the Seashore theater, home to America's last authentic 10-in-1 sideshow. Twelve years ago, the festival expanded to include a second venue, the equally funky and historic Coney Island Museum. Our closing night ceremony takes place at the historic Eldorado Bumper Cars, where once the final award is presented, all in attendance, get to ride the bumper cars for free!

Now in our 17th year, The Coney Island Film Festival has gained a solid reputation from filmmakers and film fans. Check out our website to read quotes from filmmakers and to check out our photo galleries (all photos courtesy of Norman Blake).

"Without a doubt, The Coney Island Film Festival has the greatest location in the world. It also gives out the best trophy I've ever received." Darren Aronofsky (Director Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream, Pi)

"A showcase worthy of the neighborhood's amusement-rich history." - Christopher Zara, MovieMaker magazine

Awards & Prizes

Each selected film, gets two all access passes, amusement park ride tickets and admission to parties.

Awards:
The festival jury will present awards to films and videos selected as best in these categories: Feature, Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental, Animation, Horror, Music Video and "Made in Coney Island", The award is a hand painted plaque, from world renowned Coney Island Sideshow Banner Painter, Marie Roberts.

Rules & Terms

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway's online screener option or on DVD (any region or format), or Blu-Ray (Region 1) Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please do not send press kits or any other print materials until they are requested by the festival staff. We have no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements.

SHIPPING
Cost of shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. Discs must be sent to the festival prepaid. C.O.D.'S will be refused. Discs must be labeled with the title of the entry, run time and the name of the director. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit.

MAIL ENTRIES TO
Coney Island Film Festival
c/o Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Please note: Do not use registered or certified mail. Use First class, Priority, Airmail or Media Mail. Fedex, UPS and DHL also accepted.

SELECTION & NOTIFICATION
All entries will be viewed by the selection committee. All entry fees are non-refundable. Selected films will be announced on or around August 7th. All entrants will be notified by email. The festival does not pay rental/screening fees for submitted/selected work. For selected films, exhibition format is Blu-Ray (NTSC) or DVD (NTSC).

AWARDS
A festival jury will present awards to films and videos selected as best in category.

Submission DVD's or Blu-Ray's will not be returned
Please DO NOT SEND self-addressed stamped envelopes for submission disc returns, we will not use them.

The festival does not pay for airfare, transportation, lodging, meals, parking, etc. These are the responsibility of selected filmmakers wishing to attend. Each selected film, gets two all access passes, amusement park ride tickets and admission to parties.

For more information e-mail us at info@coneyislandfilmfestival.com. We will respond within 24hrs.

Terms and Conditions:
I have carefully read and understand the complete rules of the festival. By entering your film for consideration for the 2017 Coney Island Film Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2017 Coney Island Film Festival. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Coney Island Film Festival, indiefilmpage.com, Coney Island USA and any other agents, owners and employees of said entities 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.

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    Peter Meng

    Great experience at the festival. Great location and atmosphere. The opening night party is unbelievable. Well attended venues with very upbeat audience. Thanks Rob.

    September 2017
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    Vagabond Beaumont

    i love the Coney Island Film Festival... i've been to a lot of festivals but this festival is the best... There are no industry people, no panels, no distributors that's not what Coney Island is about... but there are sword swallowers, burlesque dancers and carnival barkers... There are a lot of cool wacky beautiful freaky artist and people and a lot amazingly talented truly independent filmmakers...

    On top of all that the Coney Island Film Festival is a non-profit dedicated to supporting the non-profit arts organization Coney Island USA... How much better could it get...? i've yet to see...

    September 2017
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    Alec Gutherz

    Really a lot of fun. Great atmosphere. Honored to have my short selected and screened. Thank you Rob for putting on a great couple of days in one of the best parts of New York City!

    September 2017
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    Laura Moss

    This festival is a ton of fun and great for filmmakers who plan to attend. Enthusiastic crowds and filmmakers. A great time for anyone who wants to come out and play.

    September 2017
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    Bob Celli

    I unfortunately was unable to attend for our screening, but do know other filmmakers who did attend as well as our crew that did make the screening and have heard nothing but raves about this festival. I was informed the blocks and films selection was very strong. I can speak to the fact that their communication was fantastic and kept us filmmakers in the loop every step of the way. I look forward to submitting in the future and the possibility of being selected.

    September 2017