The Newark International Film Festival is a three day festival that showcases the innovation and breadth of the film industry. Located 15 minutes from New York, Newark IFF maximizes exposure for your film, screenplay or series by drawing film and entertainment leaders from both NYC and LA.

Events include:
--screenings at a number of cultural anchor institutions and outdoor screenings;
--stunt exhibitions;
--pitch opportunities and auditions for TV and film;
--acting, directing, producing and crowd funding workshops, and much more.

The festival provides a number of engaging experiences for attendees such as pop-up concerts from hip hop to jazz, house to gospel and more, as well as a televised awards and entertainment showcase and a film scavenger hunt.

The NIFF is the first international film festival hosted in Newark. A main feature of the NIFF is the Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking in homage to Hannibal Goodwin, the Episcopal priest who invented celluloid film 1887 in Newark, NJ.

Awards & Prizes

$10,000 and distribution option for Best Narrative Feature
$2,500 for Best Short Narrative
$2,500 for Best Documentary Feature

Rules & Terms

See full rules and terms on our website at NewarkIFF.com.

All submissions must be submitted via the online system, no exceptions.
All submissions must be received by the deadlines indicated, no exceptions.
All submissions must include the designated deadline fee, no exceptions unless authorized by the Submissions Coordinator or Festival Director.
Submissions which do not include the designated deadline fee may be considered for screening and awards, but not for cash prize categories.
Submissions submitted under student categories may be included in the NewarkIFF Youth Festival.
All submissions must be in English or with English subtitles. Screenplays must be in English.
There is a tiered deadline submission system of: Early Deadline (March 12, 2017); Regular Deadline (May 12, 2017); and Late Deadline (July 21, 2017). No submissions will be accepted after July 12, 2017.
All entries must be created after January 1, 2016.
If accepted to the festival, filmmakers will be notified of necessary playback format.

General submission information for Narrative Features:
Run Time: 72 minute minimum.
.May NOT be posted online or available for download or purchase on any platform, including but not limited to Netflix, HULU, digital download, or DVD/Blu-ray.
If the film has screened and won awards at previous festivals, please indicate which festivals and the awards given.
Submissions must be received no later than July 12, 2017.

General submission information for Short Films:
Run Time: 40 minutes or less including credits.
If the film has screened and won awards at previous festivals, please indicate which festivals and the awards given.
Submissions must be received no later than July 12, 2017.

General submission information for Documentaries:
Run Time: 45 minute minimum.
If the film has screened and won awards at previous festivals, please indicate which festivals and the awards given.
Submissions must be received no later than July 12, 2017.

General submission information for Web Originals:
Must submit no more than two original episodes of the series for consideration (as one upload).
Running Time: Each episode must be no more than 20 minutes in length.
Episode(s) must be produced post January 1, 2016 – not web series itself.
Genres accepted: animation, drama, comedy, documentary style, reality based etc.
Genres NOT accepted: extreme violence, degradation of any sort (included but not limited to women, children, religious groups, gender degradation, ethical/racial profiling and/or degradation).
Submissions must be received no later than July 12, 2017.

General submission information for Screenplay Competitions:
Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE IN ENGLISH.
Feature screenplays must be between 65 and 125 pages in length; short screenplays must be between 1 and 49 pages. Absolutely no exceptions.
You may submit a screenplay one time and resubmit that screenplay post analysis; one person/entity may only submit one work.
Screenplay titles cannot be changed upon resubmission under any circumstances.
If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned, produced or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, that screenplay will no longer be eligible.
Screenplays, including but not limited to outlines, treatments, pitches, log lines or any developmental material related to said screenplay, that have previously won any contest, competition, grant, lab, fellowship, mentorship, workshop, deal, reading or award of any kind, are not eligible.
Submissions must be received no later than July 12, 2017.

General submission information for Reality TV Competitions:
A pilot episode of a reality-based television must submitted.
All Entries must be in English or have English subtitles.
Running Time: Pilot episode must be no more than 20 minutes in length.
Genres NOT accepted: extreme violence, degradation of any sort (included but not limited to women, children, religious groups, gender degradation, ethical/racial profiling and/or degradation).
Submissions must be received no later than July 12, 2017.

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    Angela Williamston

    NewarkIFF really changed my life as a filmmaker. I was able to meet and connect with other local filmmakers. Also, I was able to show a film to a broader audience.

    March 2017
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    Tony James

    My First Film Festival in My Hometown of Newark, New Jersey,
    was One of the Greatest Experience in My Entire Life.
    Special Thanks to Mayor Ras Baraka, Kenneth Gifford and All Who Participated in Making a Dream Come True.

    January 2017
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    Khalil Maasi

    Great festival! A large selection of films from around the world from people of all walks of life. Multiple venues and events around the city, celebrity guest and the awards ceremony was very professional. Newark needed this and I can't wait for the next one!

    January 2017
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    Vladimirsky Vyacheslav

    Thank you. Very well.Your life is very helpful.

    October 2016
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    Bonnie Harper

    This was the first year of this festival, and frankly, they were really ambitious and managed to pull off a lot of what they were going for. The big drawback was that it was either too big or their staff was simply unfamiliar with too many things. Little things, like where to eat, couldn't be answered in the main hall or that the shuttle operator refused to drive us to our location because he wasn't familiar with Symphony Hall (it was an official screening location), further there were some really great things going on like a stunt show and no one on the staff seemed to know where it was. Some of these could be easily rectified by organizing the schedule by time and not location (or offering both) as well as having paper schedules available as reading on your phone is impossible; there are just too many. The quality of the films was great, we saw quite a few, and there was some loving attention to the host city, which was really interesting. I liked the way they had multiple venues, though I think perhaps one or two should be eliminated in the future, like Symphony Hall; they were just too far from the rest. I loved the swag, especially the T-shirt. We would definitely submit again though; this is a festival that will only be better next year.

    September 2016