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About the 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, Short Documentary, Feature Documentary, Animation, 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
  • Olympia Dukakis
  • Alan Cumming
  • Kevin Corrigan
  • Haley Joel Osment
  • Mario Cantone
  • Ernie Hudson
  • Elias Koteas
  • Jerry Stiller
  • Katherine Waterston
  • and more...

Notable alumni films include:

  • "Money" starring Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy), Kellen Lutz (Twilight, Tarzan, Legend of Hercules), and Jess Weixler (The Good Wife)
  • "Sugar!" starring Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley and SAG Award Winner Robert Clohessy
  • "6 Love Stories" starring Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominee Peter Bogdanovich, Gotham Award Nominee Matthew Lillard, Emmy Award Winner Carrie Preston, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Ashley Williams
  • "Monsters" Best Horror / Suspense Short Film Comic-Con
  • "The Harrow"
  • "Waiting" (narrated John Turturro)
  • "It Had to be You" (starring Cristin Milioti)
  • "Beneath the Olive Tree" (narrated by Olympia Dukakis)
  • "Mother's Day" (starring Melissa Leo)
  • "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...
Cuba Gooding, Jr., Golden Apple Award Recipient
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
BAFF NY Emerging Talent Award Recipeint Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg
Morgan Spurlock, Golden Apple Award Recipient
Morgan Spurlock
Emmy Nominee and Independent Spirit Award winner Alan Cumming (Golden Apple Award Recipient)
Alan Cumming
Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
Halley Joel Osment with Jonathan Lipp
Haley Joel Osment
with Jonathan Lipp
Kevin Corrigan
Kevin Corrigan
Mario Cantone with Liza Lipp
Mario Cantone
with Liza Lipp
Jerry Stiller with Jonathan Lipp
Jerry Stiller
with Jonathan Lipp
Jonathan Marc Lipp, Founder / Director


  • Brian Smith
  • Aaron Levine
  • Jonathan Lipp

  • Douglas Lipp


  • Marc R. Grosso, Glass Dragon Software, Inc.

  • Larry Anderson
  • ADVISORY BOARD (See Advisory Board page for complete bios)
  • Aaron Levine
  • Erik Davis
  • Jeffrey Abrmason
  • David Paterson
  • Paul Borghese
  • Raquel Bruno
  • John Anello
  • Sol Tryon
  • Michel Roban
  • Abe Shaimberg
  • Sandra Gayle Jordan
  • Joey Reynolds
  • Alumni films in the spotlight