The NYC Independent Film Festival is a celebration of the true independent filmmaker

The NYC Independent Film Festival will host a variety of events: Panels with industry professionals on topics such as Distribution, Film Finance, Music Licensing, and Women In Film, after parties and networking events, live shows, discussion groups, and a VR experience.

In 2018, the NYC Independent Film Festival will award over $10,000 USD in prizes in 17 categories. The Festival is proud to award prizes from iActing Studios, Epidemic Sound, Final Draft, Inktip, International Screenwriters’ Association, and

The Best Short Film and Best Super Short Film will win distribution deals with ShortsTV; as well as a Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K camera for the Best Director. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the “Best Virtual Reality Video”, “Best Short Sketch Comedy”, “Best TV Pilot”, and “Best Web Series”.


Highlights of 2018 #NYCIndieFF:

  • The “Best Director” walks away with a Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K camera!
  • A day-long Virtual Reality experience showcasing finalists open to the public and invited filmmakers
  • Short Sketch Comedy finalists will perform live after the screening of their sketches
  • Start the week with the Opening Night Party where invited filmmakers are interviewed and photographed with top NYC press in attendance
  • The Awards Ceremony recognizes the winners in 17 categories, with a memorable after-party to celebrate!

#NYCIndieFF is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

Join filmmakers who have said their “screening at NYC Indie Film Festival was the best screening experience to date” and enjoyed the “distributors in the audience who loved [their] film.”


Dennis Cieri & Maria Akay
Festival Director
New York City Independent Film Festival
9th edition
May 06 – May 13, 2018
New York, United States

Submit to New York City Independent Film Festival on FilmFestivalLife:


Regular deadline: Nov 30, 2017
Late deadline: Jan 31, 2018

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