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New York International Independent Film and Video Festival









The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival was founded in 1993 by entertainment impresario Stuart Alson and showcases independent films in real theatres in New York City and LA.
Passionate about exposing the films and documentaries of emerging filmmakers from all over the globe, NYIIFVF is a unique platform for emerging and established filmmakers to network and screen their work in the hope of getting exposure and a distribution deal.
Past festivals have included the work of Calista Flockhart, Cameron Diaz, Eva Herzigova, Guy Pearce, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Rod Steiger, Sean Lennon, Tippi Hedren, Willem Dafoe and Vin Diesel. Indie guru Abel Ferrara famously quoted in MovieMaker, "This festival is the real deal: Everybody else just talks about doing it, these guys just do it!”



Read the entire list of NYIIFVF's success stories

Below is a list of films that have achieved success through exhibition at our festival. Many of our films have our festival's laurels on their box art in US video stores.

Where the river runs...goes to Cannes with Stuart Salter  

Racing Daylight (Starring David Strathairn) Picked up and released by Vanguard Cinema

Ghost Adventures. Festival award helps launch their own TV series of the same name on The Travel Channel

Down The Barrel (Surfing Documantary) Showed on ESPN

Red Ridge. Picked up by ITN Distribution. In Video Release in USA and Canada, Japan, Middle East, Russia.

Valley Of Angels (Starring Danny Trejo)-Picked up by ITN Distribution. In Video Release in USA and Canada, Netherlands, Middle East, Russia.

Fighting With Anger (Starring Willie Nelson)-picked up by ITN Distribution. In Video Release in USA and Canada, Thailand, Japan, Russia.

The Derby Stallion - Distributed by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment 
















The Final Patient - Distributed by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

Return With Honor - Picked up by Excel Film Distribution

Maximum Cage Fighting- Distributed by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

Fighter - Distributed by BHG Entertainment

Out from Ali's Shadow: The Larry Holmes Story - Picked up by Mackinac Media

The Superfight: Marciano vs. Ali- Picked up by Mackinac Media

Betrayal: The Battle for Warsaw- Broadcast on The History Channel

Heartland Son - Picked up by Vanguard Cinema

Welcome to Durham USA: Defend Films/Caroline Distribution, which will be released in November 2006. The website address iswww.welcometodurhamusa.

Insomnia Manica: in US video stores

Tan Lines: in US video stores

London Voodoo: in US video stores

Switch Killer: Lions Gate Entertainment North American DVD, Scream International U.K. DVD, Jubal Italy DVD, New World Pictures Thailand, in US video stores

Aussie Park Boyz: Ardustry Entertainment North American DVD, Scream International U.K DVD, New World Pictures Thailand, in US video stores, Greece and Mexico

Loyalty and Respect: in US video stores

Dark Harvest 2: The Maize: In US video stores

Greg McLean's (Director of Wolf Creek) first film ICQ screened in our 2001 festival. ICQ won Best Director.

Gang Warz: in US video stores

Tears of Kali: in US video stores

The SuperFight: Marciano vs. Ali: in US video stores

Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber's (The Butterfly Effect) first feature film "Blunt" won an award for the Best Comedy at the 1998 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. Their latest film The Butterfly Effect stars Ashton Kutcher, and was selected for Sundance 2004 and has been theatrically released by New Line

Black Cat: Silver Nitrate Entertainment North American DVD

In A Man's World will be released in England, Ireland and Scotland this Spring 2006.

Blade of the Vampire: Silver Nitrate Entertainment North American DVD

Dust to Dust: Starz! Encore North American Television

The Mook Brothers were chosen from the "Pitch to America" Segment from NATPE, to appear on Jay Leno.

The Smokers: audience award in all US video stores and on cable

Liberty Stands Still: Premiered in our Las Vegas festival, distributed by Lions Gate in all US video stores and on cable

High Time's Pot Luck: in US video stores

Blazin': In US video stores and is going on pay per view March-May

Pauly Shore Is Dead/You'll Never Wiez in This Town Again: in US video stores

Wannabes: picked up by Artisan; available in Blockbuster and other stores

The Pursuit of Hapiness: in all video stores and on cable.

Dead in the Water: video and cable.

Lansdown: picked up by RGH/Lions Share Pictures

Malavana: Winner Best Photography NYIIFVF 2002; Winner Best International Feature NYIIFVF 2002; picked up by Minerva Pictures Group

When Thugs Cry: picked up by HawkFilms

Our Burden is Light: picked up by RGH/Lions Share Pictures

Soap Girl: Winner Audience Award 2002 Big Bear Lake Int'l Film Festival; Winner Official Selection award 2003 Riverside Int'l Film Festival; picked up by Leapfrog Productions

Swimming Upstream: Winner Best Dramatic Feature at Angelciti Film Festival; picked up by RGH/Lions Share Productions; assoc. Media Entertainment

Mulligan: picked up by Subway and Vandy Productions

Hope, Gloves, and Redemption: Winner Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at 2001 NYIIFVF; Winner Best Cinematography at 2001 NYIIFVF; picked up by RGH/Lions Share Pictures

Ocean Park: Winner Best Feature at NYIIFVF; Winner Best Actor at NYIIFVF; picked up by Echelon Entertainment; assoc. Surf Digital Films

Follow Me Outside: picked up by Cinemavault Releasing

No Deposit, No Return: *Best Feature Film* (2000 NYIIFVF)- RGH/Lions Share Pictures; assoc. Cravin Entertainment, inc.

SF: *Grand Festival Award* (Berkeley Film Festival)*Feature Film Winner* (Telluride Indiefest) *Selected Feature* (Bangkok Film Festival) *Selected Feature* (NY Indie Festival) - RGH/Lions Share Pictures; assoc. Sheng Dynasty Productions

If Tomorrow Comes: RGH/Lions Share Pictures; assoc. Fatty Pictures

Big Apple: Distributed by ITN Distribution; Sold Internationally to Germany at Marche du Film

The Jar and Fables of Bahyavah: Distributed by ITN Distribution; Sold animation internationally to Yugoslavia at Cannes market 2003

Kings of Brooklyn: Bought by MGM

Adios Patria: Documentary narrated by Andy Garcia PBS

Jane Doe: World Premiere. Best Picture. Distributed by Uniplex (starring Calista Flockhart).

A Brooklyn State of Mind: Best Picture distributed by Artisan Entertainment starring: Danny Aiello

New Rose Hotel: New York Premiere Distributed by Lions Gate and Sterling Entertainment. (starring: Christopher Walken and Willem Dafoe, and directed by Abel Ferrara)

Tap Water: Most promising filmmaker award. Distributed by Prescription Films.

La Cucaracha: NY Premiere. Distributed by Paramount, starring: Eric Roberts. Best Actor Award.

Desperate But Not Serious: World Premiere Distributed by Franchise Pictures. Starring Claudia Schiffer, Best Romantic Comedy.

The Oufitters: World Premiere, Distributed by the Sundance Channel. Starring: Dana Delay

Restaurant: Distributed by Palisades Pictures. Best Picture, starring Adrian Brody, Elise Neil, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and Lauren Hill.

One Last Chance: Narrated by Lawrence Fishburne. Aired on PBS.

Tannebess: Short film aired on B.E.T and Showtime.

Amy Stiller's Breast: Distributed by (starring Ben Stiller)

Kings: Short Film Aired on B. E. T. and Showtime.

Blink of the Eye: World Premiere, Best Feature Best Director. Filmmaker signed by the Gersh Agency

Kings of Zero: best screenplay. Produced by ITN.

Travis: a documentary about a young boy with AIDS aired on PBS.

Timothy Leary, Last Trip Documentary: Distributed by Fox Lorber.

Sordid Lives: Feature film picked up by Regent (Gods monsters)

Just For the Time Being: (NY premiere Best Director Gil Brenton ) Theatrical release for this feature starring Eva Herzigova)

Borough of Kings: Patrick Newell (NY premiere - Bought by Lions Gate for domestic distribution)

A Packing Suburbia: (Best Director Steven J. Szklarski. Theatrical distribution for this feature Canada, New York and LA)

All Saints Day: (NY Premiere)

So Many Women So Little Hair: Documentary aired on HBO

Wanabees: by Willie De Mateo theatrical release and bought by Artisan

Marilyn's Man, World Premiere: in our April film festival 2004 distributed by ITN Distribution, has been sold to Japan, Australia and New Zealand

Shattered Day: Camelot Media S.A. Greece DVD

The Brewster Project: HOM Vision Benelux DVD, Benton International Japan DVD

Blazin': CVD Media Thailand DVD, Atlantis Media Germany DVD, HOM Vision Benelux DVD

Machine: Camelot Media S.A. Greece DVD, New World Pictures Thailand DVD

Ordinary Madness: Camelot Media S.A. Greece DVD

The Bloodletting: Silver Nitrate Entertainment North American DVD, Jubal Entertainment Italy DVD, CVD Media Thailand DVD

Flatmates Wanted: TWA Japan DVD

Italian Stallion: French DVD

Marilyn's Man: Artport Japan DVD, Peacock Films Japan DVD

Sweet Hideaway: Camelot Media S.A. Greece

Stillwater: Camelot Media S.A. Greece, Synapse Films North American DVD MTG Asia Thailand - DVD


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The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival was founded in 1993. NYIIFVF has been recognized by the film and entertainment industry as one of the leading film events on the independent festival circuit. The festival hosts film, music and art events in the two entertainment capitals of the United States: New York and Los Angeles.

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