The Twin Tiers International Film Festival is dedicated to finding, promoting and encouraging new filmmakers to showcase their films and let their voices be heard. We will foster an engaging and inspiring atmosphere where creativity abounds. Our venue is a popular locally owned movie cinema located in a small upstate NY town just a short distance from Binghamton - the hometown of Rod Serling, creator of "The Twilight Zone".

Come for a great festival of film, workshops and networking. Walk in Serling's footsteps and explore Binghamton's downtown and Twilight Zone inspirations. Or just enjoy sometime at the zoo or spend sometime in our region's natural scenic beauty while you visit us!

We started this festival with two main focuses. First, we wanted to be the most affordable festival each year to submit into while being a festival you were proud of and one you couldn't afford to miss! Secondly, we wanted to give more recognition to feature filmmakers. Too often, film festivals include features as one category, as such they all compete for the same award(s). It is about time to change course on this standard and recognize all the different genres of features so that certain genres will not be overlooked as sometimes they are. We know you have put so much hard work into creating your film and we want to recognize you! After all, no festival would be a festival without the filmmaker so we are very passionate about giving each and every filmmaker a truly VIP experience! Furthermore, we are contracted and partnered with Shami Media Group (SMG), a NYC area indie film distributor, so each film submitted to us has a chance at a possible distribution deal with SMG that includes platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and RedBox.

Every film submitted to us will be viewed start to finish and graded by our judging panel of industry professionals and college professors. Our goal is to showcase as many films as possible across all film genres of any length. We have a big heart for local film and encourage local filmmakers to submit their work, regardless of experience. We also want to encourage international filmmakers to submit and visit the festival!

We know how hard the festival circuit can be. We are filmmakers ourselves. We want to invite you to our festival which is all about you, the filmmaker. Each filmmaker should feel that they and their work is of the upmost importance. At the festival, we will provide ample networking opportunities for our filmmakers. Also, various workshops will be scheduled to allow you to maximize your festival experience. We love film and we hope you'll love our festival and continue to choose to show your films with us! Come out and get ready to leave inspired!

Best Documentary Feature - Trophy
Best Documentary Short - Trophy
Best Horror Feature - Trophy
Best Horror Short - Trophy
Best Comedy Feature - Trophy
Best Comedy Short - Trophy
Best Drama/Thriller Feature - Trophy
Best Drama/Thriller Short - Trophy
Best Sci-Fi/Action Feature - Trophy
Best Sci-Fi/Action Short - Trophy
Best International Feature - Trophy
Best International Short - Trophy
Best Animation Short - Trophy
Best Student Film - Trophy
Best Made in NY Student Film - Trophy + Final Draft 11 software
Best Family Friendly Short - Trophy
Best Local Film (either feature or short) - Trophy
Best Director Feature - Trophy
Best Director Short - Trophy
Best Actor Feature - Trophy
Best Actor Short - Trophy
Best Actress Feature - Trophy
Best Actress Short - Trophy
Best Cinematography - Trophy
Best Unproduced Screenplay (short) - Trophy
Best Unproduced Screenplay (feature) - Trophy + Final Draft 11 software
Best of Fest (Feature) - Trophy
Best of Fest (Short) - Trophy
Audience Choice (Feature) - Trophy
Audience Choice (Short) - Trophy

Please no waiver requests. We are sorry but we must charge submission fees in order to pay for the costs of running the festival and to cover events you will enjoy attending. We do not have paid staff (all volunteer) and all costs are strictly budgeted to maximize the resources we have while giving you the very best festival product. We will make exceptions to those living in Iran and other sanctioned countries where it is impossible to pay our fees at no fault to the filmmaker. We believe art and cinema should never be held back by borders or politics. If you need a discounted fee, check back often as we often offer discount codes.

We are flexible with the final film file format. DCP preferred, but not mandatory. We will except .mp4, .mov or Blu-ray discs.

We do not accept "works in progress"

No refunds are allowed.

No repeat submissions of selected films from previous years allowed. Submissions that were not selected in previous years may resubmit.

Submissions into our Student film category must have a valid student ID.

All films in a language other than English must submit into our International Categories.

Upon acceptance into the festival, filmmakers must agree to allow the Twin Tiers International Film Festival to use footage from their respective films for the sole purpose of marketing the festival and associated events.

For submissions into the Local category, filmmakers must live within 100 miles of Norwich, NY OR the film they are submitting must be filmed within 100 miles of Norwich, NY.

Submitters can submit multiple films.

All films must be in English. If your film is in a different language other than English, you must have English subtitles.

Filmmakers whose films have been selected to screen at the festival will receive two (2) VIP Passes for entry to every event, film and party all weekend!

Prizes will not be mailed. Filmmakers must be present to receive awards including cash prizes. Awards ceremony will be held closing night. Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the festival.

The festival reserves the right to combine submission categories at the festival's discretion based on category participation.

Notifications of acceptance will occur no later than August 5th. We will make every attempt to notify you as soon as possible. Award nominees will be announced approximately one month before the event.

There will be various discounts around town for the filmmakers to enjoy from discounted food, lodging and drinks at our official after-party!

Information about lodging, points of interest, filmmaker discounts and restaurants will be emailed to the filmmaker once their film(s) has been accepted to screen at the festival.

Connect and Enjoy!

Overall Rating
  • Loved being a part of the Twin Tiers International Film Festival! Definitely worth it!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Loved screening "Nasty Habits" and having it be a part of us!

  • Awesome festival. Great communication, all well organized with a very friendly touch. Thanks a lot!

    October 2019
  • Michael Sellers

    A great "little" festival that has the potential to be a great "big" festival. The organizers were awesome and networking with the filmmakers was fun. We all ended up being a tight group by the end. Keep this festival in mind.

    October 2019
  • Loring Murtha

    I was incredibly honored to screen at this wonderful festival. Chris and his whole team were simply fantastic. The communication was amazing, the entire staff was friendly, and made sure you were well taken care of, and it was obvious how much work and care went into the entire event. I will definitely be submitting again!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Loring - it was great to meet you and your mother! So glad you came to join us and I'm very happy to hear that you had a great experience with the festival and my staff. I wish you the very best for your future projects. I look forward to being a great host for you again! - Chris.

  • Thank you, Twin Tiers Film Festival for choosing First Day as Best Short Screenplay! Christopher and the TTIFF team were all very responsive to my questions and the whole process was very smooth and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend that filmmakers and screenwriters enter their festival. Very glad to see that they are supporting independent film in my hometown in the Twin Tiers! Keep up the great work.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review Brad! I strive for outstanding communication and live by it. So glad we met your needs/demands and it was an absolute pleasure having you a part of us this year! Keep creating!