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Sundance Awards announced... wrapping a sucesful 2022 edition

Left to Right Top Row: All That Breathes, Nanny, Utama Middle Row: The Exiles, Cha Cha Real Smooth, Framing Agnes Bottom Row: Navalny, The Territory, Girl Picture This Friday, the Sundance Film Festival announced...

20th Year of Science-In-Film Initiative Celebrated, Feature Film Prize Goes to After Yang

The Sundance Film Festival has announced the artist grant recipients for the Sundance Institute Science-in-Film initiative at the twentieth annual Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize Reception, where the previously announced 2022 Feature Film Prize winner (Kogonada, After Yang) was honored. The grantees received a total of $70,000 in funding for their projects in development through the Sloan Episodic Fellowship (Kathryn Lo, Our Dark Lady), Sloan Development Fellowship (...

Sundance Film Festival 2022 - Interview with Amy Berg, Director of PHOENIX RISING

Interview by Claire Varney The first half of PHOENIX RISING, a two-part documentary series that is set to air on HBO this Spring, premiered at the all online Sundance Film Festival, January 23rd, 2022.  The series follows actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood as she takes her experience as a survivor of domestic violence to pursue justice, heal generational wounds and reclaim her story. Almost a decade after escaping a dangerous relationship, Wood co-authors and successfully lobbies for passage ...

Sundance 2022 BABYSITTER: Interview with director: Monia Chokri

BABYSITTER: Interview by Emmanuel Itier with director: Monia Chokri   Q: Where does this film come from?   Monia: It all started when I met with Catherine Léger, the screenwriter. She also was the writer of the play that inspired this film. For many years we had mutual friends who were telling us to get together and work together. Actually, I went to check out her play, “Baby-Sitter”, one week before meeting her. I loved it and I thought it was a ver...


Girl Picture - Sundance 2022: Interview with cast and director

Interview by Emmanuel Itier with: Director Alli Haapasalo and actresses: Aamu Milonoff (“Mimmi”), Linnea Leino (“Emma”), Eleonoora Kauhaner (“Rönkkö”).     Q: Where does this movie come from and what were you trying to explore with it?   Alli: It started with a conversation with the screenwriters Ilona Ahti and Daniela Hakulinen who wanted to explore with me what it is like to be a young female teenager today. I got a treat...


INDIA IN FOCUS with Siraj Syed

RIFF, 08, 2022, 04: Komal Nahta chosen for the Outstanding Contribution to The Business of Cinema award

RIFF, 08, 2022, 04: Komal Nahta chosen for the Outstanding Contribution to The Business of Cinema award According to an official announcement, Mumbai-based Komal Nahta has been chosen for the Outstanding Contribution to The Business of Cinema award at the 8th Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF). Belonging to Jodhpur, Rajasthan, the venue of RIFF, Komal Nahta is a leading film trade analyst. His magazine, Film Information, founded by his father, Ramraj Nahata, is the oldest trade magazi...


DIFF 20, 2022, 07: The bumpy road to Dhaka

DIFF 20, 2022, 07: The bumpy road to Dhaka Everything was ready at my end. I had a valid passport, expiring in 2028. A letter from Rainbow Film Society, which was founded in 1977 and which organises the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) had been received by email, and I had a printout. And the most important document was also sent to me by email: A letter from the Bangladesh Ministry of Home Affairs, approving Visas on Arrival to over 90 persons, coming to the festival from various cou...


RIFF 08, 2022, 03: Lyricist Sayeed Qadri to be honoured with Hasrat Jaipuri Award

RIFF 08, 2022, 03: Lyricist Sayeed Qadri to be honoured with Hasrat Jaipuri Award The 8th edition of the Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF) will be organised by RIFF Film Club from 25 to 30 March, 2022. It will also celebrate Rajasthan Diwas, the Founding Day of Rajasthan state, which falls on 30 March. Somendra Harsh, Founder and Festival Director stated, "This year, writer and lyricist Sayeed Qadri will be awarded the Hasrat Jaipuri Award for his Contribution in Cinema. The a...


FantasPorto announces the schedule for its 42nd Edition

The Festival is cheduled to take place from the 1st to the 10th of April with a renewed partnership with  
FantasPorto returns, in 2022, to Teatro Rivoli, after last year the pandemic forced it to take place at Mercado Ferreira Borges, another ex-libris of the city of Harbor.   Asia has great predominance in this year's selection. The 41st edition consecrated the Japanese "Suicide Forest Village", by Takashi Shimizu, as the B...


Submissions to the 9th Lunenburg Doc Fest are open

       2022 SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN Submit to the 9th Lunenburg Doc Fest for a chance to showcase your film in our hybrid celebration of documentary September 22-28, 2022!  Screenings will take place online, at select onsite venues, and outdoors as part of our "Docs on the Dock" programming on Lunenburg's beautiful harbour. Lunenburg Doc Fest showcases a diverse program of feature-length and short documentary films and presents cash awards, comm...


Around Asia in 90 films at the 28th International Festival of Asian Cinemas in Vesoul

Around Asia in 90 films from Afghanistan to Japan, via Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China, at the 28th International Festival of Asian Cinemas in Vesoul: (February 1 - 8, 2022)   Leila Hatami, Iranian actress, silver bear in Berlin for A Separation by Ashgar Faradhi, an Iranian film with one million admissions in France, will be the president of the international Jury. The other members are: Suha Arraf, director (Palestine), Zig Dulay, director (Philippine...


Cine Las Americas is selected to receive American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

  Cine Las Americas is proud and humbled to announce that it has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive grant funding as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The ARP awarded $57,750,000 in grant funding to 567 arts organizations to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. We are pleased to share that we are recommended for a grant of $100,000.   These funds will be applied over the course of two years and allow Cine Las Americas to h...


On board at the Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival

“You cannot protect something you do not love” Cape Town surfer Matt Bromley rides a giant wave off Kommetjie, near Cape Town, on Saturday 22 September. Photo Alan van Gysen In the wake of a receding Covid pandemic, a theme of ocean rejuvenation and conservation underscores an exciting in-person lineup at the 19th annual Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival which runs for 11 straight days in Cape Town from 1 to 11 March 2022. Festival Director Shani Judes said: “In this d...


Call for Entry – 20th International Animation Film Festival Baden, Switzerland

Fantoche calls up innovative, courageous, and creative filmmakers to submit their new films now on or Fantoche is looking forward to the latest short films in any possible animation technique! Animated shorts are eligible for Fantoche’s 2022 competitions if they’ve been completed after 31 March 2020 and last no longer than 40 minutes.   Submission is free of charge and will close on 15 May 2022....


REAKTOR International Film Festival

RIFF's call for entries is open once more and invites directors and creators to submit shorts and feature length films alike. Find information about the festival and the submission process at Film Freeway and information about REAKTOR as an transdisciplinary art institution and its historical building at Call for entries | Late deadline - July 31, 2022 Notificarion Date | August 31, 2022 REAKTOR International Film Festival | October 5-8, 2022 ...


New York Jewish Film Festival 2022

The 31st annual edition of the NY Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF) was held from January 12th  to the 25th at Lincoln Center and the New York Jewish Museum. NYJFF is one of the oldest and most important of the more than fifty Jewish film festivals held in the United States each year.  Including several press screenings, in person, and online presentations, the program carried productions from  numerous countries which focused on the past and present Jewish experience.  The fest...


International Screenwriting Competition: Season 3 late deadline ends March 31st

  Use Discount Code OPPORTUNITY2022 FOR 25% OFF! The More Scripts You Submit, the More Chances to Win… ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Your Script Produced! Studios —Presents—   International Screenwriting Competition: Season 3 Sponsored and Financed by Doval Bacall Entertainment Discovering & Producing Talented Writers & Filmma...


French Riviera Film Festival Unveils Official Poster Art for 2022 by NY-based Artist Cindy Shaoul

French Riviera Film Festival Poster Art for 2022 features the Original Artwork “Girl On The French Riviera” by NY-based Artist Cindy Shaoul     The fourth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) is pleased to unveil the fest’s 2022 official poster, featuring an original work of art  titled “Girl On The French Riviera,” created exclusively for the festival by New York City-based, impressionistic/abstract artist Cin...


The Beaufort International Film Festival Line up announced

BEAUFORT HISTORIC SEAFRONT IN SOUTH CAROLINA  BETWEEN SAVANNAH AND CHARLESTON Beaufort, South Carolina history began with its discovery by the Spanish in 1514 and its charter by the British in 1711. The city enjoyed great prosperity as indigo, cotton, and rice plantations thrived prior to the Civil War. Today, beautiful historic buildings acknowledge Beaufort's graceful past.e Spanish in 1514 and its charter by the British in 1711. The city enjoyed great prosperity as indigo, cott...


Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Opening Night 2022, Films in Competition, Festival Schedule Announced

  BIG SKY OPENING NIGHT 2022   A DECENT HOME Friday, February 18th  |  Doors 6:30pm Show 7:00pm  |  The Wilma Director Sara Terry in attendance   When housing that's on the lowest run of the American Dream is being devoured by the wealthiest of the wealthy, whose dream are we serving? A DECENT HOME addresses urgent issues of class and economic (im)mobility through the lives of mobile home park residents who can't afford housing anywhere else.&nbs...


Antenna Documentary Film Festival starts this week

Antenna Documentary Film Festival is nearly here! From 2-13 February, across 12 big days and nights, Antenna celebrates the very best in non-fiction cinema with 50 of the most creative and thought-provoking documentaries from around the globe. From intimate personal stories to political exposés, Antenna promises to have your mind reeling long after the credits roll. Below are some hand-picked highlights for Sydney Film Festival subscribers. Check out the full program and book ...

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Remembering Rob Stewart: December 28, 1979 to January 31, 2017

Activist, Filmmaker, Author, Biologist. Friend and mentor to many; a son, brother, cousin, uncle, nephew. Champion for sharks and the oceans. Founder of United Conservationists, Shark Savers, Fin Free and the creator of the Shark Free movement. January 31st was the day the world lost Rob Stewart. We want to take a moment to remember all the good he did — through his films Sharkwater, Revolution and Sharkwater Extinction, books, photographs, public appearances and magazine sto...

VIDEO: In conversation with Ron Tucker about his Beaufort International Film Festival

RON TUCKER President, Beaufort Film Society CO-Film Festival Director in conversation with Bruno Chatelin Ron is originally from Woodruff, SC, located in the Upstate near Greenville/Spartanburg. He served in the Marine Corps for  21 years, retiring at the rank of Captain in 1992. He served three tours in the Beaufort area during that time and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.   In 1993 he formed a video production company Sandbar Productions, LLC dba Good-To-Go V...

Interview with Ben Epstein director of WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE

WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE Mammoth Film Festival Interview with director: Ben Epstein.     By Emmanuel Itier Q: What was the idea making this film, how did it come together?   Ben: I remember being a teenager very well and I remember realizing that my parents were also “people”! It’s not so simple to navigate the adult world and it’s like unraveling some sort of emotional mystery. My own emotional detective work is like so removed from Alex, played by the...

The Thrill by Gordy de St. Jeor: The Team and Cast

Gordy De St. Jeor   Gordy De St. Jeor. is 19 years old, but has been working in the film industry since the age of 13 as an actor. Eventually, he decided he wanted to create films for himself, and he has been DP'ing and directing films and music videos ever since. He has a strong background in music, having been on tour 5 times shooting video content for bands like "The Driver Era", "Iron Maiden/The Raven Age", and "Jesse McCartney", while also being a...

THE THRILL: Director Biography - Gordy De St. Jeor

My name is Gordy De St. Jeor. I'm 19 years old, but I've been working in the film industry since I was 13 as an actor. Eventually, I decided I wanted to create films for myself, and I've been DP'ing and directing films and music videos ever since. I have a strong background in music, having been on tour 5 times shooting video content for bands like "The Driver Era", "Iron Maiden/The Raven Age", and "Jesse McCartney", while also being a ...

Meet the Berlinale 2022 Juries

Competition The International Jury M. Night Shyamalan © Bryan Bedder/Getty images for Universal Pictures, Anne Zohra Berrached © Gerhard Kassner / Berlinale, Tsitsi Dangarembga © Hannah Mentz, Karim Aïnous © Denny Sachtleben, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Connie Nielsen © Dennis Stenild, Said Ben Saïd © Patrick Swirc Once again a multitalented International Jury will decide who will take home the Golden and the Silver Bears at the Berlinale 2022. The other ... 

"Why you need to be screened at Festivals" A Masterclass with Bruno Chatelin at Bangkok Doc

Bruno Chatelin co founder former head of SONY AND fox theatrical distribution shared his festival experience and advice for an hour to participants of BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARDS 2021 THE VIDEO WIL BE ACCESSIBLE FOR OUR AUDIENCE YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF BRUNO'S INTERVIEWS           ...


Market shares Overview for streaming services in Q3

Detailed performance review of Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, etc. in Q4 of 2021. SVOD market shares in Q4 2021 Apple TV+ had a strong Q4, adding +1% from Q3 and finished the year with an all-time high of 5%. HBO Max had the most growth, adding 2% in Q4, closing the gap to Hulu and Disney+. Paramount+ also gained 1%, and the growing competition led the market leader Netflix to fall 2% throughout the quarter. Hulu and Disney+ maintained their market position, tied for third place behind Pr...


Call for Entry – 20th International Animation Film Festival Baden, Switzerland

Fantoche calls up innovative, courageous, and creative filmmakers to submit their new films now on or Fantoche is looking forward to the latest short films in any possible animation technique! Animated shorts are eligible for Fantoche’s 2022 competitions if they’ve been completed after 31 March 2020 and last no longer than 40 minutes.   Submission is free of charge and will close on 15 May 2022....


Kaagaz Ke Phool : Citizen Kane comes to India -- A masterpiece by Guru Dutt

Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959) INDIA, Guru Dutt Classic Citizen Kane comes to India -- A masterpiece by Guru  Dutt By Alex Deleon  वक़्त ने किया क्या हसीं सितम तुम रहे न तुम हम रहे न हम वक़्त ने किया क्या हसीं सितम तुम रहे न तुम ह...


Origami in the Garden selected at Chandler International Film Festival

January 18th to 23rd, 2022 The Chandler International Film Festival (CIFF) began in 2016 with a simple idea to share international films in a local setting. CIFF is proudly located in Chandler, Arizona and is one of the fastest-growing film festivals in Arizona. The festival is dedicated to uniting the community through the film--whether you’re a filmmaker or a casual viewer there is something for everyone.    CIFF showcased over 120 films submitted from all over the worl...


In Moonfall, a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Academy Award® winner Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson, “Midway”) and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bra...  


EFM Is Coming Up! Catch New Releases from Summer Hill Films!

EFM Is Coming Up! Catch New Releases from Summer Hill Films!       Come Meet Us at EFM! New releases are available now from Summer Hill Films.  To schedule an online meeting, click the link below: Be sure to look at our website at to see all our available films. We look forward to working with you throughout the rest of 2022 and beyond!   FEATURED RELEASE: ...


Announcing GIFF's 2022 Changemaker...Lin-Manuel Miranda

GIFF is Proud to Present Lin-Manuel Miranda with the 2022 Changemaker Award   Wednesday, May 25th 6:00 -10:00 PM   L'Escale 500 Steamboat Rd Greenwich, CT 06830   Benefiting The Miranda Family Fund at the Hispanic Federation LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA is a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning songwriter, actor and director. He is the creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. H...


London calling: Bafta nominees

BEST FILM BELFAST Laura Berwick, Kenneth Branagh, Becca Kovacik, Tamar Thomas DON'T LOOK UP Adam McKay, Kevin Messick DUNE Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Denis Villeneuve LICORICE PIZZA Sara Murphy, Paul Thomas Anderson, Adam Somner THE POWER OF THE DOG Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman   OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM AFTER LOVE Aleem Khan, Matthieu de Braconier ALI & AVA Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan BELFAST Kenneth Branagh, Laur...


FIPADOCS 2022 Awards

FIPADOC President Anne Georget and FIPADOC Managing & Artistic Director Christine Camdessus have curated a 150-film programme for the International Documentary Festival held in Biarritz from 17 to 23 January 2022. With four Grand Prix competition categories (International Documentary, French Documentary, Musical Documentary, and IMPACT), plus numerous selections (Short Films, New Talent, European Stories, Taste of Doc, Focus on… Benelux) and digital experiences, FIPADOC ...


VIDEO: The 2022 Malta Film Awards Ceremony

During a ceremony held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Malta, the Malta Film Commission hosted the 1st Malta Film Awards. The Malta Film Awards Ceremony follows a week full of events, all related to film, which have been organised as part of the Malta Film Week 2022. The first edition of the awards aims to celebrate the appreciation of Malta’s story throughout the years while looking to pass the baton onto future generations. The tagline chosen of “Celebrating...


“Beyond Borders” International Documentary Festival in Castellorizo

August 21-28, 2022
 Calling: January 2 - April 30, 2022

 «Castellorizo-The Aegean Island where Documentaries meet History & Culture»

The 7th International Documentary Festival «Beyond Borders», Castellorizo island, has the pleasure to invite documentary film-makers to submit their films from 2nd of January 2022 until 30th of April, 2022. The Festival’s objective is to promote the most important documentary productions worldwide that focus on history, culture, politics and other social issues. «Beyond Borders» which takes place every year during the last week of August, will be held once again under the patronage of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou. It is produced by the Hellenic History Foundation ( in collaboration with Ecrans des Mondes (Paris) and the Society for the Restoration of Megisti, (Sydney). «Beyond Borders» includes a selection of Greek, European and worldwide productions of the last five years, workshops, parallel events and master classes.

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French Riviera Film Festival 

May 21 – 22, 2022



February 13, 2022 Regular deadline

The fourth annual French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) will recognize and celebrate short-form content created for film, television, Web and all digital platforms. In the glamorous South of France setting, FRFF invites filmmakers from around the globe to participate in the two-day festival that includes screenings, awards ceremony, and closing gala party. FRFF will place the spotlight on the best short-form filmed content during the time period of the annual Festival de Cannes. A prestigious jury panel will select Best Drama Short, Best Comedy Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Animation Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Lifestyle Short, Best Fashion Short, Best Music Video, Best Female Filmmaker Award, Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Best Actress Award, Best Activism Short, Best Micro Short Award, Industry Excellence Award, and Lifetime Achievement Awards . Attendees and participants will include filmmakers, industry executives, celebrities, media, and influencers.

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Your Script Produced Studios: season 3
November 3 – 7, 2022


March 31, 2022 Regular deadline

Discovering and Producing Talented Writers and Filmmakers left behind by the entertainment industry, worldwide!

The return of Entertainment's unparalleled event!

Season 3 SPECIAL EDITION: Accepting the following submissions: Features, Pilots, Shorts AND Documentaries!

THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT ON SUCCESS! WE ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM ALL AGES, WORLDWIDE! Anyone under the age of 18 MUST submit a parental consent form.


Writers & Filmmakers of ALL ages can submit.



Official website page, visit:


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New Media Film Festival
June 1 – 2, 2022

March 3, 2022 regular deadline

New Media Film Festival®, an innovative and award-winning* festival created in 2009, celebrates stories, technology, and platforms. We continually implement new opportunities outside the norm to bolster creators in media.

Judges from HBO, MARVEL, EMMYS, BBC, Grammys, PBS & more. $45,000.00 In Awards

Through our boundary pushing ideology, we create an environment for creators to thrive. New Media Film Festival® is an infinite catalyst for story and technology. Not just any stories, but the stories worth telling.

All submissions come with perks - one of them is consideration for distribution.
NETFLIX - 1st look deal, documentaries specifically.
AMC-1st look deal, feature length, & series - all types

New - NFT category
New - PITCHING - our Producer Panel & Pitching is now online. Submit your Pitch today!
New - One Page Feedback add on to Script Category
All categories -
360, AR, AI, 5D, Animation, Apps, Artwork, Digital Comics, Documentary, Drone, Feature, Mixed Reality, Mobile/Tablet, Music Only, Music Video, New Media, Pilots, Pitching, Podcasts, Scripts, Shorts, Sniplers (30 second pitch), SR- Socially Responsible, STEAM, Student, Trailers, TV, Virtual Reality, Web Series, Web Series Promo (one scene)

**Please note, New Media category includes Gaming, Tech Vlog's, VE, Vertical, Live, Location Based, etc.

June 1st Global Online and June 2nd in person at the state of the art theater, The Landmark in Los Angeles CA

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Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival  
May 28 – June 2, 2022


Regular deadline: April 15, 2022

The 'Lost World' of Paleochora nestles between the Mountains and Sea in South West Crete and is the perfect location for Filmmakers to convene to show their work, network with colleagues and enjoy our fabulous Cretan hospitality. We may be at the most southern point of Europe, but there are BIG Film things happening here and on the entire Island of Crete. Our main aim will be to select films which focus on great storytelling, whether fiction, documentary or any other accepted genre.

Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival launched its 1st edition in June 2019 to a spectacular success. The Festival enjoyed packed audiences at all screenings and played host to 22 visiting Filmmakers & Industry guests from as far afield as Brazil, USA, France, Ireland, UK, Germany, Greece & Iran. Check out our photos here as well as the Festival Vibe & interview videos on our YouTube Channel (Copy & Paste the link):

Screenings are held Under the Stars in the Town Hall Square with daytime programmes held at the fabulous Pearl Cavo oceanside venue.

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Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
April 20 – 24, 2022

January 31, 2022 Extended deadline

RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE SUBMISSION FEE BY MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE AND ONE OF THE TOP REVIEWED ON FilmFreeway, JDIFF is known for it's networking opportunities, best communication, quaint location, great programming, friendly staff & volunteers, inquisitive audience, multiple screening opportunities, workshops, panels, amazing events and parties and so much more! JDIFF is ALL about the independent filmmaker and truly geared for the best experience!

Our final nominees are judged by our Jury members of Film professionals, such as Directors, Producers, Critics, Director of Photography, etc and choose the final winner of each category.

JDIFF acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world and is committed to bringing world class entertainment to the heart of the midwest.

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NYC Independent Film Festival

(June 12-19, 2022)

February 15, 2022 Extended Deadline

New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF) will hold a physical festival this year. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory and observed throughout. But we are determined to be a celebration of the Independent Filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films and animation. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYCIndieFF is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling.

Home of the NYC Indie Awards the festival aims to discover the Artist Filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public. All NYCIndieFF 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.

NYCIndieFF honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Covid Diaries, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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TIME IS ETERNAL by Dreamteam filmmaker duo of Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir - Starring berite labelle

Short Film Fantasy  USA  December 2021 - 14 Minutes 20 seconds  

A prestigious feminine writer examines in her most recent novel what it means to be a woman across history and conjures up Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and fierce feminine writer/philosopher Mary Wollenstonecraft(mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frakenstein) who have crossed deserts of eternal time to meet.

The women materialize into her present time environment and recount their greatest victories, defeats, loves, regrets and dreams.

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ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN by Barbara Bentree
Documentary December 2021 - USA  90 minutes

Kevin Box has always known exactly what he intends to do with his life. In his words, "I want to have a conversation with people now and hundreds of years into the future."

As an artist, Kevin has been fascinated by the evolution of "lost wax casting" to create bronze sculptures and he spent many of his early years being mentored by other successful sculptors. Through his own R&D, he developed a unique signature by “unfolding” origami and casting these beautiful patterns into museum quality wall hangings.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" traces the career arc of Kevin and his partner/wife Jennifer as they now continue to create multiple traveling exhibitions of their artwork. Over the past decade, their unique sculptures have been viewed all over the country by millions of people.
"ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN" is an Artfilm, a Love Story, and an inspiration for all by showing what is possible…just starting with a simple piece of paper!

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HOT MONEY by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark and his son Wes Clark Jr. take us on a journey through the complicated realities of our financial system and its profound exposure to climate change. Hot Money outs the whole game, the whole charade, the whole crapshoot of the money system with all the humor and intelligence of a New Yorker cartoon. Combined with the wisdom of international business experts and academics, Hot Money is rich with historical context. It severs the knot of economic and political forces that may lead to societal collapse.


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12TH HOUR narrated by David Morse

Documentary by Susan Kucera (director of Jeff Bridges Living in the future’s past)

USA July 2021 51 minutes 48 seconds

Much of our population currently lives with hopeful delusions about climate change. These delusions, many of which are built in by evolution, hamper our ability to meaningfully address the problem.

Our brains evolved to solve short-term challenges for our survival. Climate change is a long-term challenge to our survival. Can we bridge the gap between these modes of thinking?

Emmy-nominated actor David Morse narrates the brutally honest 12th hour with insight from noted evolutionary biologists, climate scientists, cognitive researchers and psychologists.

Visionary thinkers like Peter Russell, Dr. Paul Piff, Dr. Kari Norgaard and dozens of the brightest minds in academia lay out an unflinching look at mankind: our past, our abilities, our shortcomings and what may be humankind's final destination.

If we have any hope to survive the changes we’ve locked in to our climate, we need to be honest with ourselves and our limitations. The 12th Hour lays out our biases so that we may overcome them.


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ENOUGH Lebanon's Darkest Hour

Documentary by Daisy Gedeon second feature documentary
Australia  june 2021 90 minutes (in post)

ENOUGH! Lebanon’s Darkest Hour follows Australian-Lebanese filmmaker Daizy Gedeon’s personal and independent introspection into how her ancestral homeland, the place her family was forced to flee in the 1970s because of the Civil War, has ended up in a state of complete catastrophe. It is a story of awakening in which Daizy is forced to abandon her idealism about Lebanon and face the cold, harsh truth about the country’s dark underbelly which is its most sinister enemy.

Daizy prosecutes the case against the corrupt political class which has reduced a proud people to beg for garbage collection instead of greatness and negotiate potholes rather than peace.

ENOUGH! is the plea and the prayer, the feeling and fierce determination of the 4.5 million Lebanese in Lebanon as well as the 16 million members of the Lebanese diaspora scattered around the world, whose hearts continue to bleed for a homeland they are desperate to return to and so deeply want to believe in...once again.


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The Sound of Us directed by Chris Gero


"The Sound of Us" illustrates that during this critical time in world and U.S. history, music gives sound to hope and courage, allows us to grieve and be honest, and is the great, universal language that unites us all.

As the world grapples with unrest the profound truth remains that, through music, we are not alone.

The Sound of Us weaves inspiring stories about the beauty and goodness of music with interviews and performances by artists such as Ben Folds, Sarah McLachlan, Avery*Sunshine, Eric Whitacre, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Hiromi, Antonio Sanchez, Butch Walker, Will Wells, Patti Smith, and many more. Combined, these powerful vignettes illustrate how music heals us, gives us hope for the future through our children, keeps our heritage and history alive, allows us to have the most difficult of conversations, sheds light on current struggles, and continues to invite us back to the thing that unites us all - music.

The film is directed by Chris Gero, a Grammy nominated, American music industry executive, concert producer, record producer, songwriter, film director and composer, founder of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Chief Artist Relations Executive for Yamaha Artist Relations Group

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INVISIBLE HAND  by Matthew Taylor
director of The Creepy LineMarcel Duchamp the art of the possibleSafeguard an electoral debate...

USA  28 minutes August 2021

Invisible Hand is an exploration of memory. Our unnamed protagonist lives a life of repetition and insecurity. Every day is a blur of abstract actions until one night she meets a dark stranger who gives her a mysterious gift. Her life is turned upside down when she confronts a terrifying truth about her past. Deciding to take herself out of the abstract daily routine, she journeys into the crevices of her memory to untangle a dark secret that could ultimately destroy her.

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Aliens on Halloween by Riker Lynch
29 / 39 or 43 minutes, short comedy April 2021

In an attempt to snatch a sample of human DNA, two clueless aliens come down to Earth and crash a Halloween party in Hollywood.


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Zero Gravity USA first film directed by Thomas Verrette

74 minutes First feature documentary USA April 2021

A diverse group of middle-school students go on the journey of a lifetime when they compete in a nationwide competition sponsored by MIT to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.

Zero Gravity is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of middle-school students from San Jose, CA, who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station.
Seen through the wondrous eyes of three diverse young students and their first-time coach, they each take an intimate and personal journey to space as their team grows from amateur coders to representing California in the ISS Finals Tournament — the culmination of a summer-long adventure that sees their incredible accomplishment performed by astronauts in orbit.

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Safeguard: An Electoral College Story Documentary by Matthew Taylor

USA September 2020 77minutes

How do United States' presidential elections really work? And what would happen if we changed the rules? In Safeguard: An Electoral College Story, award-winning filmmaker M.A. Taylor answers those questions.

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BLUE MOTEL Award winning script by Ted Campbell
Feature film in production by Doval Bacall Films


Grand Winner Your Script Produced season 1  Platinum Remi Award WorldFest Houston

When his bank robber father injured in a recent heist seeks refuge at the desolate motel where he works, a motel clerk is forced to confront the truth behind a botched heist from his past.

Originally from Boston, Mass, Ted Campbell is a screenwriter and director who specializes in thoughtful, character driven thrillers. Ted will direct his heist thriller "Underground" with producer Ellen Wander of Film Bridge International. His contained, crime thriller “Blue Motel” won the Grand Prize in Your Script Produced screenplay competition. Ted will direct “Blue Motel” with Doval Bacall Films producing. Ted is a member of ISA’s Development Program. And was named to ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters To Watch list.

Ted finds inspiration in the works of the great noir writers Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald as well as his screenwriting idols Scott Frank, Shane Black, Tony Gilroy and Richard Wenk.

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Russia USA Feature documentary April 2020 Director's cut: 79 minutes

What happened, what can happen to the centuries old amazing wooden churches in north of Russia. Photographer Richard Davies trips to Russia and USA tell stories on human soul, hope and russian american…cooperation in restoring beauty.

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. 

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