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Online tickets will go on sale on October 1. To purchase tickets for a film go to the 2015 Big Apple Film Festival Program. Click the purchase tickets icon next to the title of the film you would like to attend. Tickets may also be purchased at the Village East Cinemas box office on the day of the event beginning one hour prior to show time. However, it is recommended that attendees purchase tickets in advance online.


September 19, 2015
Manhattan Romance - 2014

BAFF alumni "Manhattan Romance" starring Tom O'Brien, Katherine Waterston, Gaby Hoffmann, Zach Grenier, Caitlin Fitzgerald, set for release October 2, 2015. Manhattan Romance Movie website

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September 5, 2015
Lauren Lapkus Bobby Moynihan Eric Lange

BAFF Best Feature Film Award winner Bread and Butter starring Lauren Lapkus, Bobby Moynihan, and Eric Lange, now available on VOD and cable, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon and more...

See Bread and Butter on Bread and Butter poster

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September 18, 2015
Paul Sorvino Michael Pare Melissa Leo Daryl Hannah Olympia Dukakis

2015 Big Apple Film Festival, November 4-7, Village East Cinemas!

Highlights include: "Sicilian Vampire" starring Paul Sorvino, Michael Pare, James Caan, Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts, Daniel Baldwin, Armand Assante, Robert Loggia, "Back in Time", the official Back to the Future documentary, Mother's Day starring Melissa Leo, "Waiting" narrated by John Turturro, "Beneath the Olive Tree" narrated by Olympia Dukakis and much more....

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September 5, 2015
James Caan

2015 Big Apple Film Festival is proud to present this year's honorary Golden Apple Award to legendary actor and Academy Award nominee James Caan.

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October 2, 2015
Sunset Edge - 2014

BAFF alumni Sunset Edge on Netflix October 27

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September 22, 2015
Cuba Gooding Jr. Kevin Corrigan Katherine Waterston

Congratulations to BAFF Alumni:

  • Kevin Corrigan (Golden Apple Award Recipient) on the release of his film "Meadowland", starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elizabeth Moss.
  • Katherine Waterston (Emerging Talent Award Recipient) on her highly anticipated film "Steve Jobs" starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet & Seth Rogen, set for release in October 2015.
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. (Golden Apple Award Recipient) on his new FX series "American Crime Story".
  • BAFF alumni Haley Joel Osment for his role in the "Entourage" movie.

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About Big Apple Film Festival

The Big Apple Film Festival takes place annually in the heart of the greatest city in the world.

The BAFF, named one of MovieMaker Magazine's top "25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" and "One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals", is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world. Additionally, the festival is proud to honor a variety of New York City based filmmakers, writers, actors and artists who have played an influential role in the growth of independent filmmaking in the Big Apple. Each year BAFF presents awards in a variety of categories including Best Feature Film, Short Film, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, NYC Cityscape Award, Student Film Award, Golden Apple Award, and NY Emerging Talent Award.

Notable honorary guests and award recipients have included:

  • Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Morgan Spurlock
  • Alan Cumming
  • Kevin Corrigan
  • Haley Joel Osment,
  • Mario Cantone
  • Ernie Hudson
  • Elias Koteas
  • Jerry Stiller,
  • Katherine Waterston
  • and more...

Notable alumni films include:

  • "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...

In order to bring the most elite talent to the silver screen, BAFF is proud to partner with a variety of independent film organizations including IFP and MovieMaker Magazine.

2015 Big Apple Film Festival Trailer

BAFF Trailer from Big Apple Film Festival on Vireo.


"The Big Apple Film Festival was a great experience. A true tribute to the spirit of New York City." - Jerry Stiller

"Five best eating and drinking events this weekend" - CBS New York

"I'm absolutely delighted to have learned that the "In the Eye of the Spiral" has won best documentary at the Big Apple Festival." - Grammy Award winner Annie Lennox

"A great New York vibe. You feel the creativity here." - Academy Award winner and Golden Apple Award recipient Cuba Gooding Jr.

"The Big Apple Film Festival plays the films that you hope people will get to see but worry that they won't be able to -- specifically, the ones I have been in." - Academy Award nominee and NY Emerging Talent Award recipient Jesse Eisenberg

"The Big Apple Film Festival is what a film festival should be: Bravo Big Apple!" - Emmy nominee, Golden Globe Nominee, and Golden Apple Award recipient Alan Cumming

"Thanks Big Apple, for helping me introduce 'Kevin' to the world." - director Jay Duplass

"New York City is still the hub of independent film. It's still where the independent spirit lives." - Academy Award nominated director and BAFF Golden Apple Award recipient Morgan Spurlock

"A festival that supports and promotes homegrown talent." -

"I salute the Big Apple Film Festival for keeping it real" - Independent Spirit Award nominee Kevin Corrigan.

"Apple of the City's Eye."; "You can't get more New York than the Big Apple Film Festival."; and Named one of the top "25 Coolest Festivals" and "top 25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" - MovieMaker Magazine

"this film festival celebrates a number of films in all manner of lengths, formats and genres from all around the world" -Time Out New York

Alumni films in the spotlight

  • Jake Squared - 2014(Freestyle Releasing)
  • Bread and Butter - 2014(Ph.D. Productions, Thisismyproof)
  • Manhattan Romance - 2014("Manhattan Romance"; Beacon Films)
  • In The Eye of the Spiral - 2014("In The Eye of the Spiral"; SpiralH, Arcady Bay Entertainment)
  • Life of a King - 2012(Millenium Entertainment)
  • Harvest Movie Poster - 2011(Monterey Media, Showtime Network)
  • Montana Amazon Movie(Artist View Entertainment)
  • The Pill, 2011(Cinetic/Filmbuff)
  • Schmatta(HBO Documentary Films)
  • Breaking Upwards(IFC Films)
  • Hello Lonesome Movie(Bodega Studios, Independent Spirit Award nominee)
  • Against the Current(IFC Films)
  • Defiant Requiem Movie Poster - 2012(Mercury Media)
  • Barbershop Punk Movie(Passion River Films)
  • Ex-Girlfriends Movie Poster - 2012(Cinetic/Filmbuff)