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Call for Entries: 8th annual Festival of Cinema NYC film festival at Regal Cinemas

Entering its 8th year, Festival of Cinema NYC will be taking place from August 2nd - 11th, 2024 at the legendary Regal UA Midway theater in Forest Hills Queens, New York; submissions of all lengths and genres as being accepted.

Entering its 8th year, Festival of Cinema NYC will be taking place from August 2nd - 11th, 2024. The festival welcomes filmmakers and attendees to the legendary Regal UA Midway theater in Forest Hills Queens, New York, with additional programming that includes workshops and panels at the Queens Library at Forest Hills.

Festival of Cinema NYC seeks independent films and un-produced scripts of all lengths, genres and subjects. Whether your film is a drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, experimental, LGBTQ, animation, even if it tackles social issues - we want to show it! Our Opening Night, Closing Night, and special screening events (like our Midnight Madness and Underground Films presentations) are all selected from the very best submissions we receive. Plus, every filmmaker that submits a film will automatically receive a one-year subscription to Videomaker Digital Magazine, a leading subscription service that focuses on guiding independent filmmakers with online tutorials and publications (a $20 value). All selected filmmakers get VIP passes that allow entry into all our screenings, events, and parties.

Festival of Cinema NYC is the only film festival in New York City to be supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Support from these nationally recognized foundations is a testament to the hard work our team has put into advancing the careers of filmmakers. Whether they are new to the industry with their first film, or a filmmaker with several films under their belt, our mission is to help these emerging filmmakers get more exposure and media attention, reach larger audiences, and meet other industry professionals who can help further their career.

Festival of Cinema NYC accepts All Lengths & Genres

Shorts - Features - 3D - Animation - Horror - Comedy - Family - Drama -- Music Video - Documentary - Web Series - Experimental - Student Work

Opening night, Closing night, and special presentations are all chosen from our submissions.

Festival of Cinema NYC is an IMDB qualifying festival that has consistently landed on FilmFreeway's Top 100 reviewed list. Festival of Cinema NYC has quickly risen to become New York City's go to festival for the best in Independent Film. Festival of Cinema NYC is designed to get maximum exposure for todays emerging filmmakers and help those that are seeking distribution for their film. Our goal is to bring purpose back to film festivals and make it a platform where filmmakers facing challenges can get their work seen and ultimately picked up for distribution. The incredible PR team works around the clock to ensure a large attendance at each screening. In addition, every filmmaker is given a post screening Q&A and a chance to interact with attendees and distribution scouts.

Festival of Cinema NYC was founded by independent filmmakers; therefore, the organizers understand the needs and challenges that filmmakers face. Our team looks for the best feature and short truly independent films and un-produced scripts. All films selected come from independent filmmakers that have put their blood, sweat and tears into their productions. Every film and script selected and screened is eligible for an award.

The 8th Annual Festival of Cinema NYC Film Festival runs August 2 -11 2024, and features screenings, worshops, panel discussions, special screening presentations, and seminars. Each designed to help further the career of aspiring and emerging filmmakers.


Festival of Cinema NYC Early Bird Deadline is October 18, 2023, Regular Deadline is January 31, 2024, Late Deadline is March 27, 2024, and Extended Deadline is April 30, 2024

Friday, August 2, 2024 - 9:00am to Sunday, August 11, 2024 - 12:00am
Submission Deadline 
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 11:45pm
108-22 Queens Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
United States