august 6-12

Chain Theatre

312 W. 36th Street
New York, New York 10018


— special event —

An Evening with
Richard LaGravenese

and his film

The Fisher King


see this year's winners


Personal stories.
Original ideas.
New work.

The 5th Annual Chain NYC Film Festival (Chain NYC) is known for celebrating personal stories and original ideas in a buzzing metropolis that's rich with stories of its own. The festival has proven to be an emerging festival to watch out for – in 2016 the festival screened more than 100 films and doubled in submission size and tripled in audience size. With the goal of sparking exciting dialogue between filmmakers and their audiences, Chain NYC comes alive this year for the first time for our first year in Brooklyn! 

2017 schedule

"Chain NYC has been the best experience I've had, thus far, at any festival....Thank you for restoring my faith in film festivals!"

Cidney Hue, writer-director of the award-winning narrative short, Odessa


About the Festival

In addition to screening the best in recent filmmaking, the festival also hosts live film related events.  Past events included a special screening of John Cassavetes’ 1959 film Shadows, followed by an engaging Q&A with actress Leila Goldoni in 2013. In 2014, a staged reading of Karen Black's work featuring Sean Young, Andrea McArdle, and Gail Brown was a festival highlight. Last year, screenwriter Richard Price gave an unforgettable talk back after the 30th Anniversary Screening of the Color of Money and also spoke about his HBO smash hit series The Night Of.

Chain NYC may be only four years old, but that hasn't stopped countless visitors from singing the festival's praises. "I've participated in numerous film festivals, and the Chain NYC Film Festival stands out as one of the best," says Richard Uhlig, writer-director of the award-winning documentary short, My Kansas. "Not only [is] the selection of films superb, but the staff made a point of getting to know me and really supporting my film. All too often, small films can get lost in the shuffle of a festival. Not at Chain NYC."