ALUMNI FILMS include filmmakers and cast that are Academy Award and Golden Globe nominees, SAG Award winners and nominees, as well as films released by HBO, Showtime, IFC, Netflix, Amazon, Itunes and More...

PREVIOUS HONORARY GUESTS AND AWARD RECIPIENTS​

  • Jesse Eisenberg(Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee) 

  • Kevin Bacon (Golden Globe and SAG award winner) 

  • Kyra Sedgwick (Emmy and Golden Globe winner)

  • Cuba Gooding Jr.(Academy Award winner)

  • Morgan Spurlock(Academy Award nominee, WGA Award winner)

  • Alan Cumming(Tony Award and Independent Spirit Award winner)

  • David Krumholtz (SAG Award nominee - HBO's The Deuce, CBS' The Good Wife, HBO's White House Plumbers, Superbad)

  • Producer Robert Paradiso (The Thomas Crowne Affair, Moonstruck, City by the Sea, Tony and Tina's Wedding, Annie)

  • Bonnie McKee (Grammy Award winning songwriter/composer)

  • Actress/Comedian Kim Wayans

  • Academy Award winning Screenwriter Jose Rivera 

  • Jackie Martling (The Howard Stern Show)

  • Doug Roland (Oscar nominated filmmaker)

  • Jerry Stiller

  • Karen Allen

  • Olympia Dukakis(Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner)

  • Kevin Corrigan 

  • Katherine Waterston

  • Ernie Hudson 

  • Mario Cantone

  • Zoe Lister Jones

  • Roger Sherman(Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner)

  • Haley Joel Osment(Academy Award nominee)

  • and more...

notable alumni films

  • "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, released on Netflix)

  • "Inside the Rain"(Starring Aaron Fisher, Ellen Toland, Rosie Perez, Eric Roberts - Theatrical Release, available on NBCUniversal's Peacock Network) 

  • Chasing Childhood (distributed by Abramorama, nationwide virtual cinema release, produced by Independent Spirit Award nominee Eden Wurmfeld and Margaret Munzer Loeb)

  • Feeling Through (Academy Award nominated short film)

  • "Forced Change"(directed by Emmy nominated producer Rennik Soholt)

  • "Blush"(previously titled "Imaginary Order", Sundance Film Festival premiere, directed by Independent Spirit Award winner and Producers Guild of America Award winner Debra Eisenstadt, released by Gravitas Distribution, available on iTunes)

  • "Just One More Kiss" - Released theatrically in Hollywood, San Francisco and additional cities, as well as available on iTunes and other streaming platforms

  • "Washed Away" directed by Heather Langenkamp(A Nightmare on Elm Street)

  • “Ask For Jane”(Hamptons Film Festival premiere, Theatrical Release), directed by Rachel Carey, starring Cody Horn(Magic Mike, Demonic), Sarah Ramos(American Dreams, Parenthood), Emmy Award nominee Alison Wright(The Americans), Sarah Steele (The Good Wife)

  • “A Girl Named C”(world premiere, Austin Film Festival), directed by Emily Kassie, executive produced by Sophia Bush

  • "Soul to Keep"(Netflix, 2019 #1 listed film in the horror genre)

  • "Showtime", executive produced by Nate Parker (The Birth of a Nation, Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award)

  • "Holy Moses" starring Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls, HBO's Big Love, Mamma Mia!)

  • "We Only Know So Much", starring Emmy nominee Jeanne Tripplehorn(HBO's Big Love, CBS' Criminal Minds), Damian Young (House of Cards, Wonderstruck, The Greatest Showman), Donal Logue (Gotham), Noah Schnapp(Stranger Things)

  • "ReRun", starring Christopher Lloyd(Back to the Future, Addams Family Values)

  • "Personal Statement" (AFI DOCS, opening night film)

  • "Money" starring Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy), Kellen Lutz (Twilight, Tarzan, Legend of Hercules), and Jess Weixler (The Good Wife)

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

  • 20 Weeks(World Premiere, Los Angeles Film Festival, Starring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Amir Arison)

  • 62 Days(World Premiere, AFI Meet the Press Film Festival)

  • "The Visit" starring Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee June Squibb

  • "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud" directed by Karen Allen and starring James McMenamin(Orange is the New Black), Jeffrey DeMunn(Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile)

  • "Bean" directed by Emilie Bunnell of Emmy Award winning Gigantic! Productions(World Premiere Woodstock Film Festival)

  • "Sugar!" starring Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley and SAG Award Winner Robert Clohessy

  • "6 Love Stories" starring Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominee Peter Bogdanovich, Gotham Award Nominee Matthew Lillard, Emmy Award Winner Carrie Preston, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Ashley Williams

  • "Monsters" Best Horror / Suspense Short Film Comic-Con

  • "The Harrow"

  • "Waiting" (narrated by John Turturro)

  • "It Had to be You" (starring Cristin Milioti)

  • "Beneath the Olive Tree" (narrated by Olympia Dukakis)

  • "Mother's Day" (starring Melissa Leo)

  • "The Living Wake" starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mike O' Connell, and Jim Gaffigan

  • "Manhattan Romance" starring Tom O'Brien (Fairhaven), Gaby Hoffmann (Transparent, Wild, Obvious Child, HBO's Girls, Veronica Mars), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Caitlin Fitzgerald (Masters of Sex)

  • "Bread and Butter" starring Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World, Blended, Key and Peele) and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live)

  • "In the Eye of the Spiral" narrated by Grammy winner Annie Lennox

  • "Life of a King" starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

  • "Jake Squared" (Freestyle Releasing) starring Elias Koteas, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Virginia Madsen, Jane Seymour, Mike Vogel

  • "Breaking Upwards" (IFC Films)

  • "Against the Current" (IFC Films)

  • "Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags" (HBO Documentary Films)

  • "Harvest" (Showtime Network)

  • "Love, Ludlow" (Warner Home Video, Starz Network, Sundance Channel)

  • "The Magic Bracelet" starring JK Simmons (Golden Globe Award Winner), Bailee Madison, James Van Der Beek, written by Diablo Cody

  • and many more...

aLUMNI IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition seeks to discover and support the most original and innovative screenplays from emerging and established screenwriters from around the world.

PREVIOUS WINNERS AND FINALISTS INCLUDE:

Shia LaBeouf (SAG Award, People's Choice Award and Independent Spirit Award nominee)

 

Ron Friedman (Emmy nominee and WGA Award winner),

 

Jyllian Gunther (Emmy Award winner, producer for NBC, ABC, A&E),

 

Henry Sarwer-Foner (Directors Guild of Canada Award nominee), 

 

Daniel Talbott (writer ABC's "The Conners", "The Mist"  produced by The Weinstein Company and Spike TV),

 

Michael Vaynberg (writer/director Cannes Film Festival selection "9.8 m/s²"),

 

Shruti Tewari (member of the Sundance Collab Directing Program),

 

Bill Brock (Semi-Finalist - Stage 32 Feature Screenwriting Contest),

 

Ken Krauss (writer "Tom, Dick, & Harriet" - Hallmark Channel),

 

Kevin Emerson (author of over twenty novels published by HarperCollins, Random House, Scholastic),

 

Linda Shayne (writer/director "Undercover Kid" released by WARNER BROTHERS, HBO Family, "Little Ghost,” distributed by PARAMOUNT video airing on HBO),

 

Chris Phillips (Finalist - Sundance Institute Development Track, Award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting-New York International Fringe Festival),

 

Maia Henkin (Second Round Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, repped by Abrams Artists Agency), and many more...

 

TESTIMONIALS

"Since being a finalist with Big Apple, I was signed by A3 (Abrams) and have taken meetings with Starz, Lionsgate, and Anonymous Content (among others). I was also recently a Semi-Finalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab!" -Maia Henkin

"I wanted to thank you, I have signed with an agent. I met her because of the Big Apple Film Festival" - Andrea Careri (BAFF screenplay winner, Agents and Managers Conference participant)

"My feature script The Tenant recently became a finalist in the Big Apple Film Festival. This accolade moved my script onto Coverfly's Red List. This helped in querying representation and getting signed by a literary manager." 
-Janet J. Lawler