The NY State Indie Film Festival is geared toward small unit and small budget productions. We want to provide a showcase for exceptionally entertaining films produced by filmmakers relying on a good story and a strong sense of creativity, and not large budgets. Our goal is to create a destination that showcases the very best of the best films that would otherwise fly under the radar because of a lack of star power, big budget, or industry-filmmaker connections.

This year we will screen short films, documentaries and animation. No matter the subject, if the work has merit and the filming is well done we are interested in viewing it. We are looking for all genres of narratives from comedy to drama and from thrillers to love stories.

Your film will be viewed by our local audiences and will be judged by a jury of film professionals and a community of cinephiles.

Rules & Terms

All entries should be sent as ONLINE SCREENERS. Please don’t send discs (CDs, DVDs, BluRays) or any downloadable files to us directly, such as high resolution posters or other digital media.

More than one entry may be submitted. However, each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and entry fee.

Films and/or screenplays submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles.

All filmmakers will be notified via email regarding their acceptance into the Festival.

Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances and permits necessary to present their work. The NY State Indie Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits or royalty infringement related to the work.

All genres accepted.

Submission fee is nonrefundable.

All writers of submitted material must be 16 years of age or older on the date of submission.

Writers who reside in countries other than the United States are welcome to enter the contest; however, all scripts must be submitted in English.

Only original screenplays and teleplays are eligible.