The Lower East Side Film Festival aims to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience through amazing events, neighborhood engagement, free industry panels, awesome screenings, and the best and brightest up and coming filmmaking talent.
Post-Fest, The Lower East Side Film Festival works with our in-house Sales Agent to try and secure distribution for our screened Features, Shorts, and Music Videos.
Past Lower East Side Film Festival Judges and talent have included ETHAN HAWKE, ROSARIO DAWSON, SUSAN SARANDON, LAVERNE COX, WILLEM DAFOE, TIG NOTARO, SAMANTHA BEE, JEREMY ALLEN WHITE, DENIS O'HARE, DANA BRUNETTI, DOLLY PARTON, INDYA MOORE, ILANA GLAZER, DUSTIN LANCE BLACK, OLIVIA MUNN, ARI GRAYNOR, LIZZY CAPLAN, JUSTIN BOND, NICK KROLL, PARKER POSEY, JON HEDER, and many more.
In 2022, LESFF also launched the Stay Indie Project - a fellowship program devoted to developing feature documentary and narrative micro-budget indie films with an opportunity to receive up to 400K in financing, as well as a creative partnership with LESFF's production company, BFD Productions.
The Lower East Side Film Festival will award films in the following categories:
Best Feature Film
Best Live Action Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Music Video
LESFF Audience Award
LESFF Neighborhood Award
Best of Fest – The LESFF Prix D’Or
I. Certification of Film Entrant: A. I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows: B. I have read, understand and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements; C. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true; D. The Feature, Short, Documentary, or Other Media I am submitting as my entry is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation; E. I am duly authorized to submit this Production to the Festival; F. I hold The LES Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) or media en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival; G. I hold the LES Film Festival harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry; H. I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the Production; I. I give permission for the LES Film Festival to use excerpts of up to three minutes of the Production for promotional purposes; J. I give permission for the LES Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the Production for promotional purposes; K. I give permission for the LES Film Festival to screen the Production at the LES Film Festival event as well as at ancillary Festival presentations, programs, and/or events; L. I own or have authorization to all necessary copyrights and licenses; (If requested) will be able to provide model/actor release verification if requested; will be able to provide music, product and other copyright licensing verification if requested. As the Submitter/Producer, I agree to take on all copyright liability in regard to submitted film. M. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into LES Film Festival or other LES Film Festival Events.