Opening Night Party

May 6, 2018 7:00pm

The 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival is proud to present LIVING MY ILLUSION as the Opening Film this year!

The Opening Night Party will begin with the New York premiere of LIVING MY ILLUSION, followed by interviews on-site with Festival crew and invited press. The party will be held at Caveat, self-described as the Harvard Club meets CBGB.

The Opening Nigh...

Presentation: Seed & Spark on Crowdfunding

May 7, 2018 7:00pm

Crowdfunding for filmmakers - Christina Raia gives a step by step walkthrough of how she raised funds for her films and offers her help to the attendees.

Christina Raia: The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience. Crowdfunding has become a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. But most filmmakers miss the op...

Presentation: Cinematic VR

May 11, 2018 1:00pm

This panel will explore the use of virtual reality in cinema. Mark Sternberg will present.

Mark Sternberg (VR Curator)
Mark is a co-founder of REVRIE Immersive Works, a cinematic virtual reality production company dedicated to telling compelling narratives, and Cinematic VR NYC, a Meetup group dedicated to helping filmmakers transition into this new medium. Before ...

Panel: Music Licensing

May 11, 2018 3:30pm

You love that song! You want that song! But how will you get the rights?
Come meet the experts who will explain what a music supervisor does, how to work with performing rights societies, and if you can afford a song's synch and master fees. Jordan Gaches will moderate.

Tyler C. Perry
James Panepinto
Bryan Milo


Panel: Women in Film

May 11, 2018 5:30pm

In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, it seems as if the entire country is finally looking at Hollywood with a critical eye. Allegations against industry mammoths like Harvey Weinstein are being taken seriously; egregious wage inequalities in entertainment are coming to light; and stars are using inclusion riders to help boost diversity in their projects.

What does this spotlight on...

2nd Annual VR Showcase

May 12, 2018 1:00pm

The NYC Independent Film Festival, in conjunction with REVRIE Immersive Works, is bringing you an all-day event of Virtual Reality experiences, for free!

The 2nd Annual VR Showcase will present the following videos:

Blue Rise Before Demise
Home in Between
Kiss Me
Reading Room
Depth of Circle

The Showcase will r...

Panel: Selling Your Script

May 12, 2018 1:00pm

You've got the goods and you wanna share? This panel will explore what attracts buyers to scripts, in addition to mainstream and alternative avenues for getting scripts produced. Jordan Gaches will moderate.

Blanca Esconda Agusti
Jacob Kruger
Sydney Sidner

Jordan Gaches (Actor, NYC I...

Panel: Distribution

May 12, 2018 5:00pm

This panel discusses different options filmmakers have for distributing indie projects. New, alternative strategies and the standard distribution model will be explored. Jordan Gaches will moderate.

Dan Gurlitz
Drew Robinson

Jordan Gaches (Actor, NYC Indie Film Festival PR Consultant)

Panel: Creating Your Own Work: Original Series in the Digital World

May 12, 2018 7:00pm

The internet is eating everything. Soon Amazon, FB, Apple, GOOGLE will be the biggest studios in the world. Learn from these panelists and creators about how you can create your own work, implement your vision, and break through the noise of the internet to gain attention, eyeballs, and create your own series. From script to sale. This panel will be moderated by Jeff Ayars.


Stage 32 Short Film Program

May 13, 2018 12:00pm

We are proud to present the Stage 32 Short Film Program this year! Stage 32 is the Official Networking & Education Platform of the 9th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival. Check out the lineup below!

Must Escape Ukraine, 15 min, Comedy
Directed by Vadyam Shapran
A man discovers he’s the protagonist in a cliché, short student film and struggles to get out of ...