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 which takes place in January 2018 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 10K in prizes. The 2017 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, 2013. 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.

8 Reviews

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    Laura Frenzer

    Katra is a wonderful place to show your work and network with some of the best creators working in NYC. The community is amazing and I have formed many great relationships through Katra. Highly recommend!

    June 2017
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    Nikhil Melnechuk

    Katra has a unique vibe: the films are top-notch and varied; the audience clearly film-lovers and film-makers; the Q&A on-point; and french fries to tie it all together. My whole team had an awesome time.

    April 2017
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    Daniel Burity

    Great communication with the filmmakers. The event itself is laid back and super fun. Great for networking. Highly recommended!

    April 2017
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    Lue McWilliams

    Great Event! Great way to meet others in the industry and a great venue to have your own work screened. Submit now! (:)

    April 2017
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    Arthur Vincie

    The folks at Katra were very communicative, the venue was perfect for networking, we felt very welcome. The choice of films was also really solid. Thank you!

    February 2017