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NYC Indie Film Fest

The 11th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival provides a showcase for indie filmmakers from NYC and around the world to the NYC public & entertainment industry. Indie filmmakers self­fund projects with budgets from $0 - ­$1,000,000 and often overlooked, these filmmakers show extraordinary talent and creativity under tight budgets. The Festival provides filmmakers with the opportunity for potential distribution while meeting fans and promoting their film. 

The Festival is an annual event and will run May 10 - 17, 2020, taking place at Producers Club, The Caveat and Cameo Clnton Studios. We will screen 150 films, host panels and presentations, as well as after parties, a live script reading, and a live comedy sketch performance! All while hosting hundreds of filmamakers from around the world!
2020 submission categories include: Narrative Feature, Short Film (narrative), Super Short Film (narrative), Documentary Fearure, Documentary Short, Music Video, Art/Experimental (short film), Animation (short film), Short Sketch Comedy Videos. 
Join us in New York City May 10 to 17, 2020!



Judge for the NYC Indie Film Festival

Do you want to be part of the success of Independent film makers from all around the world? Then come and help us judging their films and help create the program of the NYC Independent Film Festival. After five consecutive years the NYCindieFF has become the single most important stage for independent film makers to get their films out to the public. Hundreds of international film makers try to get their film screened at the NYCindieFF, more than we can screen. Help us with the selection, use y...

NYC Independent Film Festival is Now Accepting Application For Your Short Film!

Hey filmmakers! If you have a short film under 10 minutes and you are looking to gather exposure, consider submitting it to the NYC Independent Film Festival. My name is Dan and I want to help you get your film into our festival. You can read about us on our website,, and you can contact me directly via email: So check us out, throw me a line and let's get your film screened at NYC Indie Film Festival! Cheers, Daniil Deych supe...

Submissions for the NYC Indie Film Fest 2015

If you dislike paying extra fees to submit your film, we have more options. FilmFreeway is completely free! Just submit your film to us and you'll see, how easy and FREE it is to use FilmFreeway. Submissions for this years festival are coming in, so don't wait last minute! NYC Film Fest is a community where all independent filmmakers come together to share and heighten the awareness of the greatness of independent filmmaking. Since we are located in New York City, the diverse...

We Are Now Accepting Submissions for 2015!

We, NYC Independent Film Fest are accepting submissions for next years festival. Since this years festival has been the most successful year so far, we are planning for next years event to be even better. Screening narratives, shorts, documentaries, animation, and music videos we are excited to once again embrace the art and mastery of independent film in the one of the greatest cities in the world.  New York City Film Festival is a festival concentrating on the value and art of independen...

Dark Horse Best Actor Award 2014

We want to congratulate Neal Bledsoe for winning the Dark Horse Best Actor Award for his marvelous work in "West End" and also winning a prize of $1000! Amazing, right? Didn't get a chance to see "West End"? Well here's a clip of Neal's amazing performance in the 2014 Cieri Media award winning feature.     ...

Dark Horse Best Actress Award 2014

NYC Indie Film Fest and Dark Horse has awarded Anastassia Sendyk with the Dark Horse Best Actress Award for her performance in the "The Frontier". Because she has won this fabulous award, she also wins a $1000 cash prize! You go girl!  "The Frontier" will be playing again here in NYC on November 9th at Tribeca Cinemas. You will not want to miss it! ...

Cieri Media Best Narrative

Yes, although we have already congratulated Joe Basile for winning the Cieri Media Best Narrative Feature, we will congratulate him again! Because his film "West End" won this amazing award, he has also received a $1000 cash prize. Yes, $1000! ...

Sony Best Documentary

In this years festival, "State of Play" won the award for Sony Best Documentary! Congrats to everyone who was involved in making this wonderful documentary and especially to Steven Dhoedt, for winning this award and the Sony Vegas Pro prize.  If you love to watch this film again, you can buy it on the films website, at: ...

CIeri Media Best Animation Award 2014

"Sausage" the Oscar and BAFTA contending short film is awarded the Cieri Media Best Animation award in this years festival! A big congratulations to Robert Grieves for winning this award and receiving $500 cash!  If you would like to see "Sausage" again, or if you haven't seen it yet, it will be online on November 3rd! Get ready! ...

Cieri Media Best Music Video Award 2014

Peder's music video "Ghost of a Smile" is not only remarkable, it won the Cieri Media Best Music Video award at this year's festival, along with a $500 cash prize!  You can watch and hear Peder's amazing work through Vimeo, if you didn't get a chance to watch it at our festival. If you would like to learn more about Peder and his music, please go to: or

Cieri Media Best Short Documentary Winner 2014

Did you get to watch "My Friend Ed" during the festival? If not, you missed out on watching this years Cieri Media Best Short Documentary. Congratulations to Sharon Baker for winning this award and receiving a $500 cash prize! Their next stop is Los Angeles, so if you're in the area, please go see this hilarious and wonderful documentary!  For more information on "My Friend Ed", you can head to their facebook page @ ...

Winner for Best Short Film 2014

"Shimmer" is the winner for Best Short Film in this year's festival! Congratulations to Ko-Min Lin, the director and writer of "Shimmer", for winning this award and the Sony Vegas Pro prize!  To catch a glimpse of this mind-opening Taiwanese film, please watch the trailer below! ...

Best Super Short Film Winner-"Shift"

Congratulations again to Patrick Ryder and Del Mak, the directors of "Shift", for winning the award for Best Super Short Film! Along with this award, they have also received the Sony Vegas Pro Software as their prize for creating such an amazing dance film.  If you didn't make it to the screening of "Shift" at our festival, you can check out here: Goosebumps guaranteed! ...

Be With Me- Documentary Submission Accepted to NYCIndieFF

We just watched "Be With Me," a documentary short that was sent to us by its director Michael Terrill. "Be With Me" is the reflection of the journey the Cairns family took to help their autistic son, J.R., to recovery, something really not considered possible at the time J.R. was diagnosed. It was a wonderful feature; beyond being cleanly edited and intimately filmed, it successfully captured an emotional backdrop not found in every documentary. Through his interviews, Terril...

NYC Indie Film Festival Regular Submissions Deadline Fast Approaching

New York City Independent Film Festival urges filmmakers not to wait until the last minute as the 2014 deadline is on May 31st.   New York, NY – The 5th NYC Indie Film Fest just confirmed that the regular deadline for submissions is on May 31st. “With the deadline approaching, we are receiving more submissions than we expected. That’s why we recommend that filmmakers not to wait until the last minute”, said Dennis Cieri, Executive Director of the festival. Cieri r...

Help the NYC Indie Film Festival to continue supporting indie filmmakers

The New York City Independent Film Festival just started its crowd funding campaign in Indiegogo. The main goal is help and support indie filmmakers to be part of the festival. Contributions will sponsor submissions or pay for selected filmmakers to travel to New York and will help advertise films to distributors and the national networks.  Take a look at the crowd funding campaign in Indiegogo: Right bellow the video, the...

NYC Indie Film Fest Crowd Funding Campaign

View our IndieGoGo campaign here  Us: The 5th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival  Once a year, New York City Independent Film Festival brings the rising filmmaker stars to showcase their work in New York City. And we do it very differently from other festivals. We don’t chase money like Cannes and we don’t preview the upcoming blockbusters like Tribeca. We gather movies from around the globe that you won’t find anywhere else, movies that the world mu...

NYC Indie Film Festival Screens Award Winning Documentary "Unforgettable Fire - the Story of a U2 Tribute Band"

Last Saturday, March 15, the NYC Independent Film Festival held its first Special Screening Event of the year. The documentary “Unforgettable Fire - the story of a U2 tribute band”, directed and produced by Michelle Regina Iacobelli, was screened for the audience that had previously enjoyed a few short films and live piano music. Michelle’s film won the Best Documentary at the 2013 NYC Indie Film Festival. She also won Honorable Mention Awards as Best Director at the same fest...

The 5th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival announces prizes for this year’s Super Short Film Category.

From October 15th to 19th, this year's festival is the place to be. During the event, filmmakers have the opportunity to meet several movie professionals and exchange experiences. In addition to screening the best indie films, the festival hosts parties, ceremonies and panel discussions with filmmakers, actors, directors, producers, musicians and crew members. The most important ceremony is the Best of Festival Awards that recognizes the best in 9 categories: director, actress, actor...

The 5th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival is taking submissions on a new website:

Filmmakers all over the world have now a new way to submit their films to the New York City Independent Film Festival: website. The festival is still accepting submissions through and as well. The dead line for filmmakers to send their films is May 31, 2014. From October 15th to 19th, this year's festival will include films in the following categories:     • Feature-length     • Documentaries  &...

The NYC Indie Film Fest submissions are open for the 2014 festival!

 The NYC Independent Film Festival Is a celebration of films and filmmakers, promoting international independent films, in recognition of the fact movies are the most powerful form of cultural communication and link between cultures and peoples. The 4th Annual NYC Indie Film Fest which was held from October 18-20 spotlighted the truly independent filmmaker from around the globe. In 2013, we received over 700 entries from 47 nations. We programed 127 films that played over ...

Accepting entries for NYC Independent Film Festival

We crossed our early bird submission dates for NYC Independent Film Festival and we are excited to announce that we received a lot of submissions before the year ended. For those who missed the early bird submission date, we are continuing to accept entries until May 31st. The judges are working really hard to review and score the submissions.    The festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYC Indie screeni...


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