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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    Valerie Fullilove

    Kudos to Ken Gibson and staff for the success of the 2017 Newark International Film Festival. I was honored my script "Iron Sharpens Iron" was nominated for Best Screenplay. I particularly enjoyed the red carpet opening ceremony and also the screenwriting lab with Pam Gibson. It was awesome you honored filmmaker Melvin Van Peoples with a well deserved award. Although the Awards ceremony began late and had a few glitches, it was minuscule compared to the enormity of the festival. It was understood most was caused by the necessary change in venue. I have no complaints as this was a huge undertaking and as far as I am concerned, you guys knocked it out the park...Can't wait for next year!

    September 2017
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    Korinna Herzig

    People at the festival were very kind and lovely to us. Seeing Newark for the first time, was very interesting.
    But our screening did really not go as expected: As they tell you to come to the screening or your film wouldn't be screened, we felt the urge to fly over from Germany. We did so, because the info on the website said "Screening at Symphony Hall", which is quite a beatiful and big hall, if you google it. But then our film was screened in the empty basement of Symphony Hall with a beamer. 12 people sitting there, all of which the Filmmakers that were asked to come in order to be screened.

    So, yes, it was a nice trip, but not because of the organization of the festival.

    September 2017
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    Kristal Sotomayor

    The Newark International Film Festival is so large with a wide range of topics and genres. The staff is very kind and goes through a tremendous amount of effort. Thank you for selecting my short film!

    September 2017
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    Kevin Taylor

    Newark is QUICKLY putting itself on the map with this amazing festival. There was a solidly diverse line-up, great communication with respect to events, a wonderful array of celebrities and celebrated talent. I would only say that timing of events and schedules could be examined but I would lean that to the energy and anxiety of creatives involved in all of these processes, so it being only 2, I didn't let that lessen my excitement or my scores! BRAVO, NEWARK!!!!!! #2018LEGGO

    September 2017
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    Sam Vanivray

    There's a big focus on networking here so bring business cards and make sure to show up to interview periods if you're a filmmaker. I'm hoping they will make the 2017 interview videos available soon!

    There are several panels/session, and the ones I went to were well-attended. A lot of the speakers were legitimate TV actors. I met some very interesting people. It was also great to see our feature film "Brute Sanity" in a real theater for the first time.

    Newark is a pretty good place for a fest, logistically. We walked to most things from our hotel, and only a couple venues like Citiplex were further away but still only 5 minutes by Lyft/Uber. There's a train station right there, and I swear it only took 10 minutes to get from the festival to the Newark airport.

    Overall well worth it.

    September 2017