8th Annual

New York City Independent Film Festival

May 02, 2017 to May 07, 2017

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Documentary Feature
A Documentary is a film that depicts true facts, true information presented in a reasonably balanced and accurate way. With a length of between 60 to 130 minutes.
Short Film
Any non-documentary film from 11 minutes to 59 minutes in length is acceptable. Short Documentaries have their own category.
Super Short Film
A Super Short Film is any film 10 minutes or less that is NOT a music video or a documentry. Music Videos and Short Documentaries have their own categories.
Music Video
A Music Video is a video/film that is produced around a song. Its purpose is to enhance the song by adding visuals.
Narrative Feature Films
A full length Feature Narrative Film. A work of fiction.
Short Documentary
A Short Documentary in a film that depicts true facts, true information presented in a reasonably balanced and accurate way, in 59 minutes or less.
We will accept, Classical (hand drawn, traditional), Digital, Stop-motion, Clay, Cut-out, Paint-on-glass, Drawn-on-film and Experimental animation. Tell a good story and be creative we want to see it!
Short Script Contest
All screenplays submitted will receive a written analysis.
Submitted scripts must be original screenplays, and the sole property of the applicant(s).
All ages are eligible.
All entries must be in English.
Short screenplays must be between 5 and 30 pages in length. Absolutely no exceptions. There is no limit to the number of screenplays you may submit. All entries must be uploaded in PDF format. Under absolutely no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entry screenplay(s) be made. Screenplays will not be returned.
Competition judges, readers and employees of the NYC Indie Film Festival Screenplay Competition, past and present, and their immediate friends and families, are not eligible to enter.
Screenplays submitted under a pen name will be immediately disqualified.
Short Sketch Comedy Videos
It seems people are REALLY into short sketch comedy videos these days. This category is for the 5 minutes or less sketch video. Send us your funniest video and if selected, beside showing the videos we will also have live shows with the invited groups being offered the opportunity to perform during the festival.
Art/Experimental Short Film
Experimental film/video art between 1 and 10 minutes. No narratives of any kind or anything over 10 minutes will be accepted!! We will not accept or show anything OVER 10 minutes!!!


We are proud to present the 8th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival. This year's festival will run from May 2 to May 7, 2017. The festival will strive to promote an open and nurturing environment for artists, writers, actors, film-makers and fans, and will focus on offering great networking opportunities for its participants.

Thanks to each year's success, New York City Independent Film Festival is growing. We will be screening more films and offering more panels, classes, seminars and discussion groups. As well as more opportunities for the filmmakers, fans and to mingle and network.

We will screen narratives, documentaries, short films, super shorts, animation shorts and music videos. We are looking for documentaries where the film-maker had a passion which he/she put into the film. No matter the subject, if the work has merit and the filming is well done; be it a full-length feature, a short or a super short - we are interested in viewing it. We are looking for all genres of narratives from comedy to drama and from thrillers to love stories.


We welcome the true Indie film-maker. Your film will be screened for other Indie Film-makers who are looking for new voices with new ideas to be explored by the art of film-making. New York City is known for its diversity and we love that we see a diversity of submissions every year.

And don't forget the NYC Indie Film Fest awards. During the 7th Annual Festival we gave away prizes with a total cash value of over 10,000 USD. Please check back from time to time to see more awards added!

Best Short Screenplay
Final Draft 9 software (250 USD value)
Free online listing on InkTip
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Director
$1,000 Cash Prize
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Cinematography
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Narrative Feature
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Documentary
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Short Documentary
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Short Film
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Super Short Film
$1,000 Cash Prize
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Animation
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Music Video
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Art/Experimental Film
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Short Sketch Comedy
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)

Best Actor
iActing Studios one-year subscription to online classes (750 USD value)

Best Actress
iActing Studios one-year subscription to online classes (750 USD value)

NYC Independent Film Festival is a celebration of the true independent filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYC Indie film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

The festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmakers, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYC Indie screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Times Square which is the perfect home for an event geared toward creating incredible opportunities for independent voices.

NYC Indie Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

The NYC Indie Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers The NYC Indie Film Festival is the place to be May 2 to May 7, 2017.


Bonnie Rush (Director); Dennis Cieri (Executive Director); Maria Akay; Patricia Filgueira (Director); Sam Parsons


We hope everyone has fun and enjoys themselves at the festival. but a few suggestions...

Please submit as soon as possible. The process goes a lot smoother if we are not sent a lot of films at the last minute. THANKS!

We strongly encourage all applicants to use online submissions. DVDs do get lost that way and it is much easier to share the video. Withoutabox online secure video is fine but so is a password protected vimeo/youtube link. If you must send DVDs, we are strongly encouraging entrants submitting hard-copies to submit films in a paper DVD sleeve. When packaging, protect the DVD in a padded envelope, or similar package. Please DO NOT send your dvd in a slim, jewel, or standard DVD case.

Please note that the ONLY difference in the early submission deadline versus the final submission deadline is the fee discount. The submission process and consideration by the Programming Committee is not affected by the date you submit your film as long as it is postmarked by our final deadline - your chances are equal regardless of the day your film makes it into our offices, as long as it is postmarked by the final deadline!

ALL films submitted to the festival are seen and scored by multiple judges. All films that have a high rating average, or are a favorite of a programmer, go on to final deliberations. NYCIFF selects its films by majority vote.

Film Submissions are non-returnable for any reason.

If a film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their promotional materials to and from the festival venue. Complete press kits will be needed as soon after notification as possible. NYCIFF cannot be held liable for your exhibition print/video materials which are lost or damaged.

The awards will be juried. The jury will submit their ratings to a third party who will track and calculate the results. The results will be held by the third party until the evening of the awards where the results will be announced. The process for calculating the winners are;
1 - The films/videos are shown to the judges.
2 - The judges mark the ballots rating the films and other appropriate categories from 1 to 10, 10 being the best.
3 - All the scores are totaled and then divided by the number of ballots.
4 - Highest score wins.
5 - The decision of the festival is final.

Please note festival dates are subject to change.

Unfortunately, NYCIFF does not provide room, board or travel for filmmakers.


As a condition of entering the New York City Independent Film Festival, hereafter known as NYCIFF, I/we hereby certify that:
1. I/we am/are the sole creators of the film, script, short stories, poems which I/we have submitted to the NYCIFF.
2. I/we warrant as sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to NYCIFF.
3. I/we understand that the NYCIFF will not return and is not obligated to return my film or any other materials I/we have submitted to the NYCIFF.
4. I/we hereby grant the NYCIFF the nonexclusive right to use my name, photograph, and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding the NYCIFF.
5. For filmmakers: NYCIFF may transfer the submitted material to a compilation NTSC DVD for screening.
6. I/we will indemnify and hold harmless NYCIFF, its judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on material submitted to NYCIFF.
7. I/we shall be solely responsible for taking all necessary steps to establish and protect my/our copyright in the submitted material, and the NYCIFF shall have no obligation with respect thereto. The NYCIFF shall have the right to reproduce all or part of said material for use in its publicity and any and all related communication directly associated with NYCIFF.
8. I/we have read all of the festival rules, regulations and releases, understand them, and have complied with them. I/we understand that the festival rules, regulations and releases may change or be updated, and that it is my responsibility to read, understand and comply with any changes or updates.