C.R.I.S.F.F New York City

Welcomes Indie Filmmakers and Scriptwriters

New York City welcomes hundreds of filmmakers, and scriptwriters to C.R.I.S.F.F. in the heart of New York City.

The Festival is focused on emerging, yet overlooked filmmakers, and writers and aims to show quality film of true indie filmmakers and honor their hard work and dedication.

C.R.I.S.F.F. will be providing a showcase for the best independent cinema, from NYC and around the world, to the public and entertainment industry. Oct 19,20 will screen the best indie films, hold live performances with opening and closing Gala Events. The Festival gives filmmakers the opportunity for potential distribution and funding, as well as awarding the top films across numerous categories, giving them the opportunity to mingle and network with press, supporters, and fans.

The 2nd annual C.R.I.S. Film Festival NYC will be its at New York’s infamous venue, The Cutting Room, which builds on two decades of history that includes top performers like Lady Gaga, Sting, Sheryl Crow, David Bowie, and Ronnie Wood. The Cutting Room and also hosted numerous film premieres, and Red Carpet Events.

All winners will receive a Trophy for Films or Scripts
All Official Selections will receive CRISFF Official Laurel
All Winners will receive a Winner Official Laurel

For Films:
Before you submit your film, please read these Rules and Terms.

By submitting your film into competition in THE CUTTING ROOM INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, C.R.I.S.F.F. you agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules and Terms.
C.R.I.S.F.F. is open to any short film. Submitting your film is not a guarantee of selection. All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website. All the winning films will receive a trophy. Please note that we do not offer waivers.

1. C.R.I.S.F.F. only accepts digital submissions.
2. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles.
3. C.R.I.S.F.F. is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.
4. C.R.I.S.F.F. reserves the right to refuse entries.
5. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the C.R.I.S.F.F., from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits and publicity.
6. C.R.I.S.F.F. will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. The Festival will make changes were necessary. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the C.R.I.S.F.F. programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.
7. An official selection and a nominee will be privately screened for the C.R.I.S.F.F. judging panel, and will not be screened initially to the public.
8. After a film has an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status means your film will be screened at the festival, and it means that you are now eligible for the nomination and you can use the festival Laurel on your poster.
9. All the Winners of each category will receive a trophy.
10. All entry fees are non-refundable.
11. We require an official, poster, synopsis and a link to your short film. Please select the correct category while submitting. We reserve right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.
12. C.R.I.S.F.F. reserves the right to reject any film or screenplay that it contains prohibited content that is offensive, or has inappropriate sexual content.
14. C.R.I.S.F.F. may without advance notice amend these Rules and Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall be become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules and Terms.
15. The festival will take place on October 19, 20 2019 at
The Cutting Room NYC 44 E. 32nd Street. New York, NY 10016



THE CUTTING ROOM INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, C.R.I.S.F.F. reserves the right to hold a public exhibition in NYC. Therefore, all filmmakers understand and accept and grant full and unrestricted permission for C.R.I.S.F.F. to screen the film at times the festival chooses and to charge an admission fee for the presentation.

The Filmmaker understands and accepts that they do not participate in receiving any funds from the Box-office proceeds which are fully retained by the festival to help cover the overall cost of the festival presentation. It should be noted for the record that box-office proceeds never cover the cost of presentation of the Short Film Programs.

Required Legal Stuff: The filmmaker releases the festival C.R.I.S.F.F. from any and all liability for damages or destruction of the entered DCP. The Filmmaker understands that the entered DCP will be retained in a secure facility by the festival, and every effort will be taken to protect and control the viewing of this production. The festival assumes no liability whatsoever for theft, copyright violations or piracy of the entry.

The Filmmaker accepts and understands that the festival will do everything possible to present the video in the best possible manner but the festival C.R.I.S.F.F. is not responsible for any and all malfunctions during the presentation of the production at its festival screening. All entries are carefully pre-screened prior to the public showing to assure that the DCP does perform to industry Standards. The Festival C.R.I.S.F.F. assumes no responsibility for any technical difficulties in the presentation of this film at the actual event.
The C.R.I.S.F.F. reserves the complete right to make changes in the program dates and times and to possibly not screen the video, despite its being selected for screening.
The filmmaker will be responsible to present to C.R.I.S.F.F. a new / DCP for the actual presentation of the film at the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Luke Robson

    Although I didn't get to go to the festival, Kathrina was amazing. I really wanted to be there, but it just wasn't possible this year, but hopefully next year I can be a part of a fantastic up and coming festival. Super thankful for accepting two of my films, and all the pictures from the event looked amazing. I'll have no hesitations in submitting in the future. Love your work!

    November 2018
  • CRISFF was magical and I very much look forward to next year! The three main matters were all superb - the films, the people and the venue. As director, Kathrina Miccio organized an incredible festival and motivated all of us to be our best selves. While sitting in the main room at the Cutting Room, I was thrilled to witness the viewing by hundreds of people (yet all focused in the screen) of extraordinary films made by gifted fillmmakers, some side-splitting funny and others so profound and poignant I could not hold back the rush of emotions and tears. To top off the two days, I got to be on stage accepting the award for Best LGBT Documentary, and to perform stand-up comedy and a song with friends at the exciting gala! I will never forget the 2 days! xoxo Fran Sisco 11/25/18

    November 2018
  • Viplav Shinde

    Truly a festival! It was hard to believe that it was its first year. The content was top notch. It was an honor to be a part of this cool festival. Wish to be a part of this festival again.

    November 2018
  • Anna Just

    Making an independent film is hard, one must have passion for it. Organizing a festival supporting indie filmmakers from all over the world??? Kathrina Miccio HAS A PASSION for it!

    From the first email I have submitted, I received professional support, frank and timely answers, easy and simple directions.

    The love Kathrina put into organizing this beautiful event is heartwarming! It was a charming and welcoming weekend celebrating art, filmmakers, achievements!

    The historic Cutting Room is a beautiful venue, providing attractive yet comfortable red carpet, good choice of food and drinks and of course a great screening room.

    The night of Award Ceremony brought so much joy and laughter, that I am sure everyone will remember the event for a long time!

    And the cherry on the top - Kathrina's Foundation supporting women in Arts while in treatment for breast cancer! SUPPORT PAINT US PINK foundation and do get to visit this festival!

    I am looking forward to attending the festival next year, either as a filmmaker of audience!

    And congratulations to all the winners, nominees and attendees!

    November 2018
  • Laura Dowling Shea

    Fabulous is the best word we can find to describe The Cutting Room International Short Film Festival. The venue is fabulous, the attendees were fabulous, the films were fabulous, Kathrina is absolutely fabulous. We had a wonderful time at this festival networking with filmmakers from all over the world and watching great films. We were thrilled to have two films - short comedy’s - in the festival. It was extremely gratifying to have a full house for both screenings. That is such an important part of why we submit to festivals - to have our work seen. The fabulously delicious icing on the cake was having “Scratch This” win Best Short Short Comedy! Thank you. Fabulous.

    November 2018