The New York Film Week is an annual event showcasing independent films with an edge.

The NYFW focuses on the unconventional, the unusual, the underground, the intuitive, the innovative, the minimalistic and the true artists of our time. Based in New York City the festival aims to screen up to dozens of feature and short films.

The New York Film Week is a true arthouse festival in every sense. Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.

Best Short Film
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video

The New York Film Week accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the New York Film Week. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, New York Film Week reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. New York Film Week will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, New York Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2017 New York Film Week and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Venice Film Week. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The New York Film Week is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

The filmmaker holds the New York Film Week, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Overall Rating
  • Justin Time

    Thank you, New York Film Week, for this great opportunity. I am proud to win "Best Documentary" at New York Film Week, which is a wonderful start in the festival round for a film. What I really loved at the festival was the mix of experimental, documentary and fiction films, which was the ideal environment for my experimental documentary that does´t always fit in otherwise. The program felt very thought through - well curated!
    The festival focuses "on films, not on stars" - still, it would have been nice to have Q&A and talks with the audience. Why not add time for that? In terms of communication: The time frame from notification to screening date was quite short, so for me to organize and consider flying to NYC was very hectic. Also, it would be great to put clear dates, so instead of "please send us a download link as soon as possible" i would have preferred to have a date and a deadline with a description of exactly what you need and when. For some emails, i did not get any response and so i just hoped it would turn out all right, which it did. But 1 or 2 more emails would not have hurt ;)
    During the festival, I had a good time with the team and enjoyed it a lot. For independent filmmakers with unusual aesthetics, who can not spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on submissions, as well as for the audience with free admission, it is a good opportunity. Thanks, NYFW!

    August 2017
  • Благодаря за всичко! Много щастлив, че съм във Вашата селекция! :-)

    July 2017
  • Tamara Hansen

    It was very well organized and very nice ! Thank you !

    July 2017
  • Boldizsar CR

    I am happy to be in official selection. However the communication was very bad. I tried to reach out so they list my film with an image or trailer. I emailed the festival 3 times very politeley, but no response. It is obvious the website is visited and people won't check out a film without an image or trailer these days. It is very bad to charge admission fee and not replying to someone officially selected. Shame as the festival seems good otherwise. They have no phone number or twitter to get in touch!

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    In the final days before the actual event things can get hectic. When we updated our website and facebook page with the official selection listing we've worked with want was available on your FilmFreeway page. There were no visuals, no trailers. We had about 100 films, so unfortunately we couldn't find the time to get back to you on that. Even now, it's still quiet busy as we're making deals with other festivals to offer the filmmakers waivers and perhaps invites.

  • derek cote

    First, let me say that I am not simply writing this review in response to have been selected to receive the Best Experimental Short award. And because I was unable to attend the screenings or events, I cannot testify to the quality of hospitality or networking opportunities. However, I can say that I was impressed with the professionalism I experienced with this organization. I also understand that because my work often slips into a crack somewhere between arthouse and experimental, it often does not see as much attention as it could. I therefore commend NEw York Film Week for being able to see the validity and value of unorthodox film styles and voices. I also commend NYFW for the decision to partner with two other festivals in order to be able to be able to screen films for a live audience in New York City and exposing films to an almost unreachable audience.

    March 2017