Best Fest

February 28, 2018

Every month we take indie movies to the people in the EU & North America.

We showcase a double feature: one major indie film from the festival circuit (released less than 12 months prior) and one newly discovered gem from our submitters.

At the end of the 12 months, all 12 winning submitters are screened at our New York Best Fest Showdown event.



We focus on narratives highlighting:

  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Trans
  • Race
  • Class
  • Religion
  • and more

All filmmakers are welcome, whether black, white, brown, pink, gay, straight, non-binary, abled, differently abled, female, identifying as female, male, extraterrestrial or anything else.


All semi-finalists, finalists, and selected entrants receive industry connections including introductions to streaming services, agents, and producers.

The submitter whose movie we show is awarded a $350 screening fee.

The winner of the Best Fest Showdown wins a $1500 prize.



  • Months of festival programming at venues in the USA, UK & Australia.
  • Prizes & award ceremonies
  • Afterparties
  • Networking sessions
  • Panel discussions

Best Fest Schedule

3rd May 2018
Time TBC
The Rio Cinema, Dalston

2 August 2018
8pm - 10.30pm
NeueHouse, NYC

1 November 2018
7pm - 10pm
Variety Preview Rooms, San Francisco

6 December 2018
Time TBC
Arenas Screening Rooms, Los Angeles