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Film Works presents:

New York City Quarantine Film Festival

May 18, 2020 - June 13, 2020

Presented by Inwood Art Works, producer of the acclaimed Inwood Film Festival and Film Works Alfresco programs in NYC. The purpose of the New York Quarantine Film Festival is to encourage New Yorkers to express their creativity, celebrate their city, exercise their resilience, and have some fun while staying safe in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Winners

After two weeks of voting, here are the 10 most “liked” films from the 100+ entries that were submitted, in order of popularity (the “Best” film for each of the nine borough and genre categories wins $250):

Best Bronx Film: Alone With My Demons by Juan Ramirez, Jr.
Best Horror: Captor by Regan Alejo
Best Manhattan Film: Out of Joint by Chang Wen
Best Comedy Film: When Filming A TikTok Goes Wrong by Teaa Taylor
Best Brooklyn Film: 19 Times by Mariana Meraz
Top Ten Honorable Mention: Day 63 – A Dancer In Quarantine by Julia Bengtsson
Top Ten Honorable Mention: Quarantine Day 237 by Andrew Sanford
Best Dramatic Film: A Sunday in May by Carlos Matias
Top Ten Honorable Mention: Pane Pals by Mary Albert, Omar Camps-Kamrin
Top Ten Honorable Mention: NYC Life in Quarantine by Marija Parente

And rounding out the awards:

Best Queens Film: Dead or Alive by Polly Solomon
Best Staten Island Film: The Tale of Propsey by Eduardo Guzman
Best Kids Film: Big Brother by Dylan Lopez

Congratulations to all the winners, whose film will be shows at our Alfresco screenings later this summer, and thanks to everyone who submitted a short film. We hope they made everyone’s quarantine that little bit more tolerable and creative.

And don’t forget — you can still see all the short films that were submitted to the New York Quarantine Film Festival (over 100 of them) on our YouTube page

Stay safe!

The Original Guidelines:
  • Films must be shot, while practicing safety and social distancing, in your quarantined area located within the five boroughs of NYC.
  • Films can be no longer than 3 minutes in length.
  • Films must be shot with your phone.
  • Films should be submitted in the following genres: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Kids (made by Kids 12 & under).

Submissions open May 18, 2020 and close May 29, 2020 on FilmFreeway –- no Submission Fee, suggested donation of $3 to Inwood Art Works. SUBMIT YOUR FILM

Submissions closed on May 29, but all entries that followed the guidelines have been officially selected as part of the NYCQFF and posted to Inwood Art Works YouTube channel as a NYCQFF Playlist.  The films with the most likes by the general public at the end of the voting period from June 1- 13, 2020 receive awards.


Filmmakers will be awarded $250 each for the “most liked” films for the following awards voted on by the general public:

Five “Best in Borough Awards” for the most liked film submitted from Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

Best Comedy Film – for the most liked comedy film.

Best Dramatic Film – for the most liked dramatic film.

Best Horror Film – for the most liked horror film.

Best Kids Film – for the most liked film made by a kid, 12 and under.

Special Bonus: The “Top 10” liked films, along with the awarded films, will get a public presentation (post-quarantine) in NYC Parks in 2021 as part of Inwood Art Works’ Film Works Alfresco outdoor cinema series.


Online Only!
It's a virtual venue — Choose your favorite New York City Quarantine Film Festival films at the Inwood Art Works YouTube channel's NYCQFF Playlist