Big Apple Film Festival

Big Apple Film Festival
110-64 Queens Blvd. P.M.B. #350
New York, United States

Tel: 1-646-708-5910

2015, Finished
Wed 4th Nov to Sat 7th Nov


Animation Art-house Children Comedy Documentary Drama Experimental Historical Horror Independent Music Video National Romance Science Fiction Short Student Thriller

Festival Overview

The Big Apple Film Festival, presented by the Big Apple Film Society, takes place annually at the world famous Tribeca Cinemas in the heart of the greatest city in the world.

The BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" and "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals", is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world. Additionally, the festival is proud to honor a variety of New York City based filmmakers, writers, actors and artists who have played an influential role in the growth of independent filmmaking in the Big Apple.

NY Emerging Talent Award

Each year BAFF presents its NY Emerging Talent Award to an up-and coming actor and/or filmmaker who displays extraordinary talent and influence in the independent film community.
Previous NY Emerging Talent Award recipients include:

Independent Spirit Award Nominee Jesse Eisenberg (Holy Rollers, Zombieland, Adventureland, The Squid and the Whale, Rodger Dodger) Aaron Stanford (X-Men, Cake Eaters, Winter Solstice, The Hills Have Eyes)
Zoe Lister Jones (Armless, Breaking Upwards, State of Play, Salt)

Each year BAFF presents its Golden Apple Award to one individual for exceptional artistic achievement in the New York City independent film community.
Previous Golden Apple Award recipients include:
Alan Cumming and Ernie Hudson.

Previous panelists, guests and keynote speakers include representatives from:

Samuel Goldwyn Films
Magnolia Pictures
Current TV
Wellspring Media
Zeitgeist Films
Wild Bunch Films
First Run Features and
Gen Art

In order to bring the most elite talent to the silver screen, BAFF is proud to partner with a variety of New York City independent film organizations and media outlets including IFP, The Village Voice,,, and MovieMaker Magazine.

Alumni Films include:

"Breaking Upwards" starring Zoe Lister Jones, Daryl Wein, Julie White, Olivia Thirlby (IFC Films)
"Against the Current starring Joseph Fiennes, Elizabeth Reaser, Justin Kirk, Mary Tyler Moore (IFC Films)
"Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags" (HBO Documentary Films)
"Love Hurts" starring Richard E. Grant, Carrie Ann Moss, Janeane Garofalo, Jenna Elfmann (Lanter Lane Entertainment)
"Suffering Man's Charity" directed by Alan Cumming
"Love, Ludlow" (Warner Home Video)
"Owl and the Sparrow" (2007 Independent Spirit Award nominee)
Chubb Chubb Saves X-mas (2007 Sony Pictures Release)
"The Project" (2008 Slamdance Film Festival Audience Award Winner)
"The Living Wake" (audience award winner, Woodstock Film Festival Heineken Red Star Award, Cinevegas Film Festival)
"Picture Day" (2008 Student Academy Award nominee)
"Megatron" (winner Palm D'or, Short Film Category, Cannes Film Festival)
"Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans and the Movies" (featuring Chazz Palminteri, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Jack Valenti, David Chase, Ben Gazzara, Isabella Rossellini and others)
iMurders (starring William Forsythe, Terri Colombino, Frank Grillo, Charles Durning).


The Big Apple Film Festival began in 2004 to celebrate achievements in filmmaking from New York City, as well as across the country and around the world.


Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Experimental Film, Best Student Film, Big Apple Cityscape Award, BAFF Golden Apple Award for Honorary Achievement


Open to the public

Submissions of all genres are welcome including: Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Student Films, Animated Films, Experimental Work, Action Sports and Music Videos. For more information go to

Submissions are accepted in DVD or VHS format.

Features - $60
Shorts - $50

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