New York City Independent Film Festival

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

11th edition

May 10 - May 17, 2020
New York, United States

Open Call May 14, 2018 - Jan 31, 2020  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

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

Mission / description NYC Indie Film Fest is a celebration of the 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 Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYC Indie screenings take place in the historic center of NYC, Time 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 10 - May 17, 2020.
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Festival website

Rate Favorite Share Submit your film SELECT SUBMISSION CATEGORY Animation Art Films (experimental) Documentary Feature - 70 to 130 Minutes Mid-Length Documentary film 41 to 70 minutes Mid-Length Narrative Film 41 to 70 minutes Music Videos Narrative Feature – 70 to 130 Minutes Short Film (Documentary) - 11 to 40 Minutes Short Film (Narrative) - 11 to 40 Minutes Sketch Comedy Videos Super Short Films - 1 to 10 Minutes


Description 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! All entries must be between 2 minutes and 11 minutes in length.
Dates Open call: May 14, 2018

Early bird deadline: Aug 31, 2019
Regular deadline: Nov 30, 2019
Late deadline: Jan 31, 2020

Notification date: Mar 04, 2020
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Early bird deadline    32.99 EUR    34.49 EUR    30.00 EUR
Regular deadline    40.99 EUR    42.49 EUR    38.00 EUR
Latest deadline    48.99 EUR    50.49 EUR    46.00 EUR
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Restrictions Premiere status is not required
Category rules We accept works in film or video of any genre that is animated. The length should be between 1 and 11 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. Our judges are worldwide and electronic submissions are much safer and a lot easier for us.

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 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 18, 2020. 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 of the status of their submission by March 15, 2020. If you add us to your address box you should see our email, But, please be sure to check your spam mails, and log into your account during the month of March.