The NYC Indie Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers, the 9th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival is the place to be May 7 - 13, 2018. The festival strives to promote an open and nurturing environment for artists, writers, actors, film-makers and fans. We will be screening the best indie films and offering panels, classes, seminars and discussion groups as well as opportunities for the filmmakers and fans to mingle and network.

The NYC Indie film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling. We will be screening narratives, documentaries, short films, super shorts, animations and music videos. We are looking for filmmakers whose passion for the art form is real as they push films in new directions.

Our Mission

Showcase the best independent films, from all around the world, to the public and the entertainment industry in New York City.

Our Vision

To stay focused on the low budget films and emerging filmmakers, the true Indies, and to create the largest gathering worldwide of true indie filmmakers.


Angela Hammer Short Film Curator

Angela Hammer

Angela Hammer, previously a volunteer, is now returning for her second year working as the short film curator for the 2018 NYC Independent Film Festival. She began working as a freelance photographer/videographer back in 2011 and has continued to work on a variety of projects including but not limited to short films and promotional videos. Her favorite part about the filmmaking community is the passion everyone brings to the table, and that's exactly what excites her about being a part of the NYC Independent Film Festival: being able to help show the work of such a diverse and global group of individuals with a variety of stories to tell.

Jeff Ayars Sketch, Web Series and Pilot Curator

Jeff Ayars

Jeff Ayars is an NYC-based filmmaker, actor and one-half of the comedy duo, Cannibal Milkshake, which he formed with Cornell classmate and standup comedian Dan Rosen. Cannibal Milkshake has been featured by The New Yorker, the Funny or Die Homepage, CollegeHumor, Splitsider, Fast Company, and Fortune Magazine. Jeff's vertical short-film comedy, The Snapstory, recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Cannibal Milkshake has been twice featured by the NYC Indie Festival, where they won best sketch for "Kinder: Tinder for Kids." Jeff is thrilled to now be curating the sketch, web series, and pilot categories for NYCIFF.

Lucie Guillemot Super Shorts and Music Video Curator

Lucie Guillemot

Ready to bring a little bit of the "french touch" to the NYC Indie Film Festival, Lucie is a parisian freelance filmmaker and journalist. She works for the international TV channel France24, as well as an assistant director on shorts and full length features. Most recently, she started writing and directing shorts and music videos, and getting involved in the wonderful world of film festivals. In 2013-2014 she worked for the Seattle International Film Festival and founded her own artistical monthly "rendez-vous" in Paris called "l'Antre deux Arts". Today she is more than happy to be a part of the NYC Indie Film Festival adventure!

Caleb Dawdy Animation/Anime Curator

Caleb Dawdy

Caleb Dawdy is excited to join the New York Independent Film Festival as Curator of Animation, after having served at the festival as preselection judge and videographer. Originally from West Michigan, Caleb traveled through D.C. and ended up in New York where he joined the festival in 2016. Outside of the festival, Caleb is an independent filmmaker, cinematographer, and writer himself. He has most recently worked as the cinematographer on the short film 45: A Love Story, and as camera operator on the upcoming Sundance Institute-supported short, Mino Bimaadiziwin. Since childhood Caleb has been in love with storytelling, and since becoming a filmmaker he has tried to connect with and support independent filmmakers in any and all genres.

Gerard van den Broek Documentary Curator

Gerard van den Broek

Gerard has been involved with the NYC Independent Film Festival since 2014 as curator of documentaries; that year he also ran one of the festival venues in New York. In his home country the Netherlands he organizes the annual Documentary & Television Festival INPUT, a 800+ people two day event. This festival focuses completely on current affairs and sports documentaries and is the main platform in the Netherlands for program makers and television executives of the Dutch public broadcasting network. Documentary makers pitch their new films, give workshops to colleagues and students or discuss their work with fellow professionals and broadcasting people.


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