Founded in 2016 by Olivia Weseley, The NYCTFF is an NYC-based non-profit run by teens for young filmmakers who have stories they just can’t help but express using film's creative medium. Finalists selected to participate in the festival are up for a shot at a $250 prize.​

Each year's handpicked finalist films will be shown in an NYC theater. After the films are screened, several finalists chosen by established industry professionals will be awarded prizes for best editing, cinematography, original story, and finally, best in show.

Upon creation, our mission has been to uplift teen filmmakers throughout the tri-state area.  We do this first by making our festival free-to-submit (waiving all fees), and second, by offering in-person events where we celebrate the work of youth filmmakers, bringing in industry speakers and establishing a community of shared passions.