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Submissions are now open for the

2024 Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay Competition (Fall Edition)

Celebrate in NYC!

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Alumni in the Spotlight

  • "Amerikatsi" (released theatrically nationwide, Armenian selection for 96th Academy Awards, Best International Feature Category)

  • "Sweetwater"(Distributed by Universal Pictures, Hulu, Amazon), starring Emmy Award and Golden Globe Winner Jeremy Piven, Everett Osborne, Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss, SAG Award winner Kevin Pollak

  • "The Shepherd" (shortlisted for the 96th Academy Awards, Short Film Live Action Category, distributed by Disney+), starring Ben Radcliffe, Academy Award nominee John Travolta, directed by BAFTA nominee Iain Softley, produced by Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuaron

  • "The One Note Man" (shortlisted for the 96th Academy Awards, Short Film Live Action Category)​​

  • Bones of Crows"(Writers Guild of Canada Award nominee, Canadian Screen Awards nominee, theatrical distribution Elevation Pictures)​​

  • If Anything Happens I Love You" (Academy Award winner, Best Short Animation Film, Netflix Release)

  • "Kiss the Ground" (featuring Woody Harrelson, Gisele Bundchen, Ian Somerhalder, Patricia Arquette, David Arquette, Rosario Dawson, directed by Sundance Film Festival winner Josh Tickell, Netflix Release)

  • Feeling Through (Academy Award nominated short film)

  • Edith+Eddie(Academy Award nominee, Best Documentary Short Subject)


  • Shia LaBeouf (BAFF Screenplay Competition Finalist, SAG Award, People's Choice Award and Independent Spirit Award nominee)

  • ​Ron Friedman (BAFF Screenplay Competition Winner, Emmy nominee and WGA Award winner)

  • Kent Moran (BAFF Screenplay Competition Winner, Feature films released by Warner Brothers, Netflix, Showtime, Paramount+, Starz, Apple, Hulu, Amazon, Hallmark, Lifetime, LMN, Regal Cinemas)

  • Geoffrey Colo(BAFF Screenplay Competition Winner, Worked in development at Universal, followed by producer roles including 8 seasons of House M.D. and 6 years of Marvel TV dramas, earning him an Emmy nomination, 2 PGA nominations and 2 Webby awards)

  • Larry Collins (BAFF Screenplay Competition Winner, Emmy Award Winner, NBCUniversal/Peacock Network)

  • Harris Gurny (BAFF Screenplay Competition Finalist, Producer, "Coup!" starring Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Peter Sarsgaard, "The God Committee", starring Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee Julia Stiles and Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo)​

  • Alex Forstenhausler (BAFF Screenplay Competition Winner, optioned screenwriter, Finalist Fox Comedy Pilot Competition) ​

  • Lindsay Heiman (BAFF Screenplay Competition Winner, showrunner's assistant, credits include “CONAN”, Warner Bros., “VEEP” Paramount, “INSECURE” HBO, “THE SEX LIVES OF COLLEGE GIRLS” HBO Max, "THE GIRLS ON THE BUS" and "MORE," both premiering on HBO Max)​

  • Sheena Lambert (BAFF Screenplay Competition Finalist, Author, "The Lake", published by HarperCollins, optioned TV projects in various stages of development, represented by Blake Friedmann Agency in London)​

  • Thomas L. Ferguson (BAFF Screenplay Competition Finalist, writer, "Forgotten" starring Tom Sizemore, available on Amazon, Tubi, Roku)


Congrats BAFF alumni!

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