Personal stories.
Original ideas.
New work.

The 6th 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.


Submit Your Film Now!

Submissions may be entered thru the options below:



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.