Festival of Cinema NYC is a competitive film festival
Programming consists of remarkable independent films, of all lengths, genres and subjects from around the world screened to the public over a ten day period.
Truly independent cinema
Our programmers look for the best in truly independent films. All films selected come from independent filmakers that put their blood, sweat and tears into their productions. No film selected has backing from a major film studio.
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Why submit my film to Festival of Cinema NYC?
Exposure & Media coverage
Our exquisite press team works around the clock to get the most media coverage for your film at the Festival. Past film selections have been covered by Page SIX of the NY Post, Time Warner Spectrum NY1 News Channel and CSNBC.
Since 2017, several films have acquired distribution directly at our festival. Our budding reputation has lead various independent film distributors to send their scouts to our festival, in hopes of acquiring the next big Indie Hit.
We're not just movies
Workshops, Panels and Talkbacks
Festival of Cinema NYC hosts a variety of workshops, panels and industry Q&A's that are free for everyone to attend. Past workshops have included presentations by SAG-AFTRA, Seed & Spark and Kitsplit. Speakers have included distributors from Cavu Pictures, Artsploitation Films, and Soundview Media Partners.
Networking & Afterparties
Festival of Cinema NYC is not just movies! The festival offers opportunities to escape from the theater by inviting locals and attending filmmakers to join us for our Happy Hour get together, Karaoke Night, Trivia Night, Comedy Night and our popular Mid-Week Red Carpet Event Afterparty!
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Workshops & presentaions
Photos from past presentations and workshops
“The festival went above and beyond during these difficult COVID times to find a fun way to have a true event. one of the best overall spread of films I've seen at a festival”
Phillip Russell - Filmmaker
Opening Night 2019 Festival of Cinema NYC
Submit your film on these platforms
Festival of Cinema NYC accepts films of all subjects and genres including (but not limited to) Horror, LGBTQ, Animation, Comedy, Thriller, Action, Fantasy, Drama, and Documentaries.
Categories include Feature film (41+ min), Short Film (Under 40 min.), Web Series (single or multiple episodes), and Music Videos (under 10 min.)
Festival of Cinema NYC proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.
Gold Festival Discount available when you submit using FilmFreeway.
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