General submissions are now closed.


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 in New York City. 

Chain NYC welcomes narrative and documentary submissions, whether in feature-length, short-form, or "super-short" format. The festival also warmly embraces web series submissions as part of a new wave of creative enterprise in an increasingly connected world. Over 30 awards are bestowed in numerous categories, including Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Animated Film, and Best Local Filmmaker. Special prizes may also be awarded, at the discretion of a jury of storytelling and filmmaking experts.



Narratives, Docs and Web Series projects are welcome to submit – qualify your film today!


Narrative Feature

Fiction in any genre, over 40 minutes long.


Documentary Feature

Non-fiction feature in any genre, over 40 minutes long


Narrative Short

Fiction in any genre, under 40 minutes long.


Documentary Short

Documentary in any genre, under 40 minutes long.



Narrative Super Short; fiction in any genre. 5 minutes or under.



Documentary; non-fiction in any genre. 5 minutes or under.



Submit any episode or the pilot of your Web Series. We will be playing both episode arcs and single episodes in competition.

"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."

Stills from 2016 Submissions