The Team

IndieWorks is presented and run by CongestedCat Productions, LLC.

Founder - Festival/Program Director - Christina Raia

Deputy Programmer/Sound Tech - Ryan Kramer

 Assistant Programmer - Kelsey Rauber

Photographer/Graphics - Chris Carroll


Only $5 to submit, no late fees. Alumni pay $2 - ask us for the code if you've screened before!

IndieWorks screens short films produced by emerging filmmakers throughout New York. It provides a platform for those filmmakers to showcase their work in front of an audience and network with individuals in the film community. We aim to create an environment that will spark collaboration and support.  

We host a screening one Wednesday out of every month of approximately 6 short films, followed by Q&A sessions with all the featured filmmakers. There's no event entry, so bring all your friends and film enthusiasts!

Our annual season is June - March, excluding December for the holidays but including an additional Halloween screening in October. April is our annual Best of Fest, which wraps up the year by screening the 10 best films (no additional Q&As) and inspiring an overall celebratory atmosphere. 


Each month, one film wins the Silver Whiskers, our version of the 'Best of Fest' award, and another wins Audience Choice. The Silver Whiskers winner is selected by CongestedCat Productions team members through a scoring system of 8 categories. More information on the scoring system for awards can be found on our submission page The Audience Choice is selected by the attending audience. The Silver Whiskers winner of each month goes on to screen at our Best of Fest screening; and both the Silver Whiskers and Audience Choice winners of each month have the opportunity to be featured in the video Insider Series on our blog. 

As of Year 2, the Indie Film Crowdfunding & Distribution platform Seed& has come onboard as a full-year Sponsor. The Silver Whiskers winner receives $50 toward a crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark, should they choose to use that platform, and both monthly winners receive a year's subscription ($40 value) to Seed&Sparks' Bright Ideas.

At our Best of Fest, all the Silver Whisker winners of the year screen, resulting in awarding one the Golden Whiskers Award and one Ultimate Audience Choice Award (which include further monetary prizes from Seed&Spark and other one-time Sponsors). 


Event Details

People's Lounge & Bar

IndieWorks is held in the lower East Side of Manhattan at 163 Allen St. Films screen through a projector on a 7 foot screen on the front stage, as well as on a 55 inch flatscreen in the back of the Lounge. (We open up both floors & have a third 40 inch flatscreen for our Best of Fest.) Doors open at 6:30pm. Screening begins at 7:30pm and runs approximately 2 hours -- but stay as late as you'd like! We encourage mingling & networking.

Free entry and occasional drink specials! 2 drink minimum with attendance is encouraged but not enforced. It's a thank you to the bar for hosting us.