The Lower East Side Film Festival aims to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience through amazing events, neighborhood engagement, free industry panels, and film screenings of the best and brightest up and coming filmmaking talent.


Back Story

In its inaugural year, the LESFF crew turned a Lower East Side pop-up space into a unique and intimate "theater" that featured (22 nights of BYOB Sold Out screenings) amazing films and awesome Q&As. Since then, the festival has been featured in New York magazine's Approval Matrix (under "Highbrow/ Brilliant"), New York Times, Interview Mag, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, expanded to bigger venues (the famous Sunshine Cinema, Anthology Film Archives, Crosby St. Hotel), and secured distribution for its up and coming independent filmmakers.

Past Lower East Side Film Festival Judges and talent have included SUSAN SARANDON, WILLEM DAFOE, DENIS O'HARE, LAVERNE COX, PARKER POSEY, ILANA GLAZER, DOLLY PARTON, DANA BRUNETTI, NATASHA LYONNE, MARKY RAMONE, OLIVIA MUNN, JUDAH FRIEDLANDER, LIZZY CAPLAN, AMY ARBUS, JUSTIN BOND, NICK KROLL, T.J. MILLER, ELIZA DUSHKU, REBECCA MILLER, DEE SNIDER, JON HEDER, and many, many more.

In spite of the awesome and famous talent that has passed through our festival, LESFF will always seek out the unsung and underdog filmmakers who know that huge budgets do not equal a great film. Great films are made with creativity, innovation, and heart.

Enjoy awesome films and this awesome neighborhood with us this coming June.