• Only $8 to submit, no late fees. 
  • Alumni pay $3 - request a promo code if you've screened previously at IndieWorks!
  • Why we've started charging. (As of Year 3)


*Films do not have to have been shot in New York, but MUST be by current New York State based filmmakers who can attend the event. 

*Films may not exceed 20 minutes in length, though exceptions can be made in extraordinary circumstances.

*Films completed prior to 2009 are not eligible.

*All films must be in English or have English subtitles.

*Submitter and Representative must be 18 or older. 

*Filmmakers whose work is accepted must have someone integral to the film's production attend the event and participate in the Q&A.

*Please note that submission does not guarantee acceptance. If your film is not accepted, it unfortunately does not mean just for the upcoming month. It is a hard no. Alternatively, if you have not heard back regarding acceptance for over a month, it could be that we are holding your film for a later month. In Year 4, we accepted approximately 30% of eligible submissions.

*We typically only screen narrative films, though occasionally accept documentaries that have a New York City resonance. Music Videos and Experimental work are welcome as long as there's a clear story being told.

Silver Whiskers & Audience Choice Awards

We judge films for acceptance by rating them from 1-10 in terms of 8 categories. Films must score an overall total of 55 or above to be accepted. The scored categories are: Story, Dialogue/Writing, Direction, Acting,  Cinematography, Sound, Editing, and Production Value (with budget constraints considered- more in terms of art direction and those little touches that show pre-production efforts).  Each month, one film wins the Silver Whiskers Award, our version of the 'Best of Fest' award, and another wins the Audience Choice Award. The Silver Whiskers winner is selected by CongestedCat Productions team members through a combination of our scoring system and extensively nuanced discussion. Originality, inclusion and representation play a large role in these discussions, as we are a series devoted to highlighting story and mission over flashy names and budgets.

Audience Choice is voted upon by the audience in attendance at each series. If the planned Silver Whiskers winner also wins Audience Choice, the Audience Choice award will be given to the film that had the second highest audience votes. Both the Silver Whiskers & Audience Choice winning filmmakers will be interviewed and featured on the CongestedCat Productions site and through social media in our Insider SeriesWe want to help YOU reach an audience!

Each Silver Whiskers winner will go on to screen at our Best of Fest annual screening and be eligible for the Golden Whiskers Award & other Category Awards, which come along with monetary prizes.