9th Annual

New York City Independent Film Festival

May 06, 2018 to May 13, 2018


Documentary Feature


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
August 31, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Student Fee 30.00 *
Regular Deadline
November 30, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Student Fee 40.00 35.00
Late Deadline
December 31, 2017
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 70.00 65.00
Student Fee 50.00 45.00
WAB Extended Deadline
January 31, 2018
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 90.00 75.00
Student Fee 70.00 50.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately February 28, 2018

Features: From 60 minutes to 130 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2014

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

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Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
  .MPG (MPEG or MPEG2)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Biography/Filmography - Producer
> Biography/Filmography - Writer

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place
We give out the Best of Awards which is a statue with the festival name, category, film name, filmmaker's name and year of award. Prize amounts to be announced.
Sponsor:Sony Software
Value of Goods/Services: 800 U.S. Dollar

Category Rules

We accept works in film or video of any genre that is a documentary. The length should be between 60 and 130 minutes. Submissions preferred as a secure online screener or a Vimeo/YouTube link. If the links are private be sure to send us the password. We also accept a NTSC/DVD for submissions but disk get lost and don't work!! Please label all work clearly with your name, contact information, submission number and running time. Be sure we can connect your electronic submission with your mailed media. But our judges are worldwide and electronic submissions are much safer and a lot easier for us.

If you want include a pre-stamped, addressed, postcard we will put it in the mail when we receive your submission. If you put enough postage on it and self-address it correctly you should receive it. This only shows we received your submission.

If selected, we will VASTLY prefer a file sent electronically. We think an .mov will work best but are open to other formats. We will accept movie files on disk also. We will be using all hard drives for the festival going forward. We are working on exact file requirements now and will have specs soon.. The film must be made available to the festival by April 1, 2018. Exact technical requirements will be e-mailed to all accepted film-makers with their acceptance notifications.

A brief description, a YouTube or Vimeo based trailer/teaser, will be necessary for any film over 10 minutes long. We would like one for shorter films but they are not necessary. We only accept electronic versions of press releases and any other supporting materials, which can be made available to reviewers and any press that may request it. E-mail is best for the press kit. We are not responsible for any printed material sent to us. We will try our best to make sure all posters, cards etc gets to the venues and are displayed but the only way to be sure that happens is to bring the material with you or arrange for someone to bring it to the venues for you. Space is limited so our suggestion is 2 posters max with some cards.

Final programming decisions will be made by the screening committee in
August. All entrants will be notified by email through WithOutABox of the status of their submission by February 28, 2018. If you add us to your address box you should see our email, info@NYCIndieFF.com. But, please be sure to check your spam mails, and log into your WithOutABox account during the month of March.