New York City Independent Film Festival

NYC Indie Film Fest // New York City Independent Film Festival

9th edition

May 06 - May 13, 2018
New York, United States

Open Call May 09, 2017 - Jan 31, 2018  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description We welcome the true Indie filmmaker. Your film will be screened for other Indie Filmmakers and fans who are looking for new voices with new ideas. We want to be explored and promote the art of filmmaking. New York City is known for its diversity and we love that we see a diversity of submissions every year.

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 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival will take place May 6 - 13, 2018.

Please check back from time to time to see more awards added!

Best Director
Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K camera
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Cinematography
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Narrative Feature
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Documentary Feature
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Short Film
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Super Short Film
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Short Documentary
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Short Script
Free listing on InkTip
ISAConnect membership & featured in writers showcase on ISA website
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Animation
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Art/Experimental
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Music Video
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Actor
iActing Studios one-year subscription to online classes
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Actress
iActing Studios one-year subscription to online classes
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best VR Video
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
$200 cash
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Short Sketch Comedy Video
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
$200 cash
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best TV Pilot
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
$200 cash
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound

Best Web Series
1 year complimentary membership and pitch listing on iPitch.tv
$200 cash
Free access to licensed music catalogue for next project, provided by Epidemic Sound
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Festival website http://www.nycindieff.com

Rate Favorite Share Submit your film SELECT SUBMISSION CATEGORY Animation and Anime Art Films (experimental) Documentary Feature - 60 to 130 Minutes Music Videos Narrative Feature – 60 to 130 Minutes Short Film (Documentary) - 11 to 59 Minutes Short Film (Narrative) - 11 to 59 Minutes Sketch Comedy Videos Super Short Films - 1 to 10 Minutes Virtual Reality Web Series
Class Founded: 2010
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: May 09, 2017

Early bird deadline: Aug 31, 2017
Regular deadline: Nov 30, 2017
Late deadline: Jan 31, 2018

Notification date: Feb 28, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 24.00 to 53.00 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 20,000.00 USD
Other prizes: Trophies, certificates and more coming.
Best Cinematography:
Two week rental of Panasonic Vericam 35 (a 9,000 USD value) [Shooting in USA only}
Provided by Talamas Rentals (Newton, MA)

Best Director:
$1,000 USD Cash
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Best Cinematography:
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Narrative Feature:
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Documentary:
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Short Documentary:
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Short Film:
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Super Short Film:
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Animation:
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Music Video:
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Art/Experimental Film:
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Short Sketch Comedy:
$200 USD Cash
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Actor:
Unlimited Annual Subscription for full access to iActing Studios online classes (799.00 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Actress:
Unlimited Annual Subscription for full access to iActing Studios online classes (799.00 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Best Short Screenplay: Final Draft 9 software (250 USD value), Free online listing on InkTip, SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value), Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)
Specials Workshops, Panels
General rules GENERAL RULES
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 not get lost that way and it is much easier to share the video. FilmFestivalLife.com 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. NYCIndieFF 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. NYCIndieFF cannot be held liable for your exhibition print/video materials which are lost or damaged.

In 2018 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, NYCIndieFF does not provide room, board or travel for filmmakers.

RELEASE FORM for New York City Independent Film Festival

As a condition of entering the New York City Independent Film Festival, hereafter known as NYCIndieFF, 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, if needed, and if the submitted material is selected for screening the compilation DVD may be used by NYCIFF for promotional purposes.

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.

By submitting to the festival you agree to the terms listed above.