NYC's Premier Film Festival dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of quality independent cinema from around the world. Hailed by Tribeca for its "honorable mission to spotlight new and emerging cinematic talents…where some of their top alums have since gone on to great things in the indie world and beyond"

Katra Film Series is an international film festival spotlighting new talent in capital of the world, sponsored by Digital Ocean, Red Digital Cinema, Pond5, Backstage, International Screenwriters' Association, Museum of the Moving Image, and more! Every season we curate a diverse selection of quality cinema. Voted by the audience, one short advances to the semi-final rounds. Regardless of who wins each season all official selections will be considered for the Grand Finale Event taking place at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater in 2019 with total prizes valued over $10,000. The Grand Jury Prize winner is awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Hollywood Producer Stephen Nemeth.

Feature Films Presented with us will be considered for the Grand Prize Award.

We've been featured in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NY Daily News, NBC News, Wall Street Journal, TriBeCa Films, Women & Hollywood, Metro NY, Remezcla

Awards & Prizes

Over 20K in prizes. The 2018 Grand Prize Winner of The Year will be awarded a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed Producer Stephen Nemeth from the Academy-Award Nominated The Sessions Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Rules & Terms

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.

NO PREMIERE POLICY (although works that have premiered with us in the past have gone on to screen at the biggest festivals worldwide). Works must have been completed after January 1, 2014. From no budget to big budget. JUST SIMPLY BLOW OUR MINDS! All foreign-language films MUST be subtitled in English.

1. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2013.
- 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 2017 Katra Film Series. Please bear with us as we carefully review all works submitted to us with extreme care and consideration.

4. Submission Fee
The submission fee is non-refundable.

16 Reviews

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    Luis Servera

    Geoffrey Guerrero and the Katra Film Series team are really dedicated to supporting filmmakers. The film series curates one of the most diverse quality driven films that I've experienced thus far and the communication with the organizers has been top notch. Overall, I have been really thankful and proud to have my film in the Katra Film Series. Thanks again for including us!

    August 2017
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    Megan MacPhee

    Katra Film Series proved to be a wonderful evening filled with interesting and diverse films! The communication between filmmakers and the festival staff was consistent and clear. If anything, they may need to move their venue because the festival was PACKED and it was a smaller space! I really enjoyed seeing the other talented filmmakers and taking part/ hearing the Q&A after the screening.

    July 2017
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    Alice McDowell

    Wonderfully diverse programme at this festival! We were delighted to be selected. Good communication with the organisers - wish we could have been there on the night!

    July 2017
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    KPage Stuart Valdes

    Geoffrey and the Katra Film Series team are truly dedicated to supporting filmmakers. They create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in great venues. The list of prizes that they offer participants as well as winners is deeply generous and very helpful. All of the prizes are specifically designed to help filmmakers move forward in their careers. It is a lot of work on their part to be able to offer such a wide array of professional support to their participating filmmakers. I highly recommend submitting to this wonderful series run by great people who truly care about films and filmmakers.

    July 2017
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    Marc Cartwright

    A wonderful festival with great communication that really cares about filmmakers. Definitely worth submitting

    July 2017