Film Fest 2023


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THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2023 (#theartistsforumfilmfest) is now accepting submissions. This 8th annual international film festival is a juried competition, open to innovative filmmakers with unique perspectives seeking to gain exposure in the formidable New York City and international arts and media markets.

Our 2023 Competition Theme: THE BODY POLITICAL.
See our submission site for competition theme details, submission categories, and our Rules & Terms for eligibility.

Our 2023 Film & Juried Arts Festival will be held on OCTOBER 12 – 15, 2023 in New York City at the Dolby Screening Room.


Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, will be rated upon its individual merits. Finalists in each category will be judged against one another and a winner declared. Please see Rules & Terms for eligibility.

Award recognition will be given at a ceremony in New York City, alongside screenings of selected films. In the case of COVID-19 restrictions, our award ceremony will be conducted online and then televised on Manhattan cable stations shortly thereafter.

All finalists will be considered for a MEET THE ARTISTS video profile and promoted on our online platforms.

Winners will be considered for a formal studio or Zoom interview with host to be promoted via THE ARTISTS FORUM TELEVISION – a 20+ year arts based television program broadcasted from mid-town Manhattan in New York City.

Opening Date: MARCH 1, 2023
Earlybird Deadline: MARCH 30, 2023
Regular Deadline: APRIL 28, 2023
Late Deadline: MAY 31, 2023
Extended Late Deadline: JUNE 21, 2023

THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 24th year, is a New York City based non-profit arts service organization specializing in events, juried competitions, and media for artists.

Its FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE is the organization’s flagship program, and provides an unparalleled platform for emerging and mid-career filmmakers to share their stories with the world’s creative, media, and film communities.

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C.J. Arellano

CJ’s films have won multiple festivals including #theartistsforumfilmfest 2021 and is named among the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch by the International Screenwriters’ Association. He’s directed commercials for McDonald’s, Chef Boyardee, and Motorola, and served as a video editor for the 2020 Biden for President campaign.


Ashley Gerst

Ashley Gerst is a 2D and 3D animator living in Brooklyn NY. She holds a BFA in Digital Arts from Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Computer Art from School of Visual Arts. In addition to her professorial work at William Paterson, Ashley is a freelance animator working for clients such as AMC, Viacom, Fast Co., Hudson Media, and CBS.


Martha Gorzycki

Martha is an award winning animator, filmmaker and media artist, experimenting in digital animation and new media. Her work screens globally in festivals, galleries, on LED billboards, as outdoor projections and online. She has produced animation for more than 30 years and teaches digital cinema and animation at San Francisco State University.


Stephen Hilyard

Artist/Educator Stephen Hilyard’s work deals with the paradoxical nature of our impulse towards the profound. He often works in extreme locations, including the bottom of an Icelandic lake. His work has been supported by The Huntington Library, The Harpo Foundation, The American Scandinavian Foundation & The McKnight Foundation.


Henry Kanegsberg

A graduate of Ithaca College, Henry received his MBA from NYU and is a former finance and administration executive in the broadcasting, music, and publishing industries. He held senior positions with NBC, RCA Records and Random House. Currently, Henry is the chair of community organizations for the Mount Sinai Hospital System.


Lee Milby

Lee Milby is a New York-based director and artist known for creating unique and highly conceptual videos. Featured in both domestic and international publications, Lee’s ability to bring out the individual energy and style of each artist and brand makes for timeless, original content.


George Radovanovich

George is an independent scholar with a focus on research and writings on art and cultural criticism. Originally from Serbia, George received his US citizenship in 1995 while studying at New York’s School of Visual Arts, earning his BFA in Film and MFA in Computer Arts in 1997. 


David Ranghelli

David studied filmmaking at Brooklyn College (BA), and Comp. Lit./ Cinema Studies at NYU’s GSAS (MA, MPHIL). He taught film analysis and mentored screenwriters at Tisch School of the Arts for 12 years. He has worked at the Media and Communication Arts Dept. at CUNY for 7 years, where he also educates aspiring filmmakers.


Jonathan Taub

Jonathan is an Argentinean designer and filmmaker living in New York City. He is involved with many collaborative projects that playfully explore and expose the human condition. Jonathan directed his award-winning film Externo alongside his brother Leandro, winning Best Screenplay in #theartistsforumfilmfest 2021.


Amos White V

Amos is an inter-disciplinary multimedia artist, event producer, and exhibit designer. A graduate of the College of Human Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Amos bridges his passion for the arts and human relations with the formation of THE ARTISTS FORUM.


Jonathan Ullman

Jonathan is a NYC-based independent filmmaker.  He wrote, directed, and produced his debut feature Trouble In The Heights (Viva Pictures), garnering two Imagen Award noms for Best Picture and Best Actor.  His film on Paradise Garage and DJ Larry Levan is in development. home base.


Viktor Witkowski

Viktor is a Polish-born German-raised painter/filmmaker. After graduating from HBK Braunschweig with a combined Master’s in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education, he immigrated to the US to earn his MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers. Currently, he travels abroad creating art and lecturing at Dartmouth’s Studio Art Department.


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