New York Film & Video Festival is a Scam

New York Independent Film and Video Festival is a scam. If you’re a filmmaker, listen up. Many have spoken out about this money-hungry festival and it’s about time you knew. The festival will always say that they loved your film, many times without even watching it. Your film will not be screened on the first day unless you pay $600. Once you send in your film, immediately they will offer you the chance of several different PR Packages.

The films are treated literally like shit and so are you. It’s a product-pushing marathon to the end. Do not give anything to this festival. Ever. It sucks.

The end.

4 Comments so far

  1. joe (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    Yeah, it’s totally pay-to-play resume padding. I got suckered in a few years back and had my film screened with some of the worst crap I’d ever seen. The only upside was that they had a co-screening in Los Angeles so my parents got to see my short film in a full-size movie theater, though presented badly and with technical glitches.

    Definitely soured me on the whole festival thing.

  2. Mike Levy (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    Yea, stay clear away from the New York International Film/Video Festival. They sucked my pockets dry. After my screening in Manhattan, Erik Baron, scam artist that he is, told me that my film was great and it would definitely be distributed by them, but I would have to about $2,400. I couldn’t possibly afford that much so Erik said I can pay $1,200 for now and when I start making money on the film, I would owe them the remainder. After paying the fee of like $1,200, like the smuck I was, they needed like 20 DVD copies of my movie each time there was “an event” this way they can “promote” my film, which I had to supply out of my pocket. I didn’t make one penny. It’s been over one year and no phone calls, no updates, nothing. I was, without a doubt, mislead and scammed. It put a bad taste in my mouth about ever making another film again.

  3. ~dana (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

    Very strange. I put all this past a friend who’s film just won an award at this same festival last week and he said they offered to submit his film at Cannes for $300 but other than that they hadn’t hit him up for any cash. He said he gets mailers and spam about other offerings from them, not nothing required. He seemed to think that it’s expected to pay a few hundred to enter any festival and this wasn’t out of the ordinary. I don’t have any first hand experience with this, just passing his opinions along.

  4. Dhaval (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

    Dana – your friend is a rare exception. I have heard of several people getting duped. In fact on the Website,, there have been numerous threads regarding this festival being bad and literally hundreds of posts bashing it.

    It is not a good festival. And $300 is comparitively a huge sum of money to put up for your film to begin with. It’s not cool for them to do this to young filmmakers.

    From the hundreds of folks that have spoken out about the festival it is more of a money-collecting agency than anything else.

    But this is not to take away from your friend’s film, which I am sure was excellent.

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