Chain NYC welcomes narrative and documentary submissions, whether in feature-length, short-form, or "super-short" format. The festival also warmly embraces webseries submissions as part of a new wave of creative enterprise in an increasingly connected world. Awards are bestowed in numerous categories, including Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Animated Film, and Best Local Filmmaker. Special prizes may also be awarded, at the discretion of a jury of storytelling and filmmaking experts.
2013 was a thrilling inaugural year for Chain NYC, featuring 76 films from across the globe, as well as lively talkbacks and unforgettable screenings with packed houses. Last year's winning films included Boogie Stomp!, an energizing documentary about the history of the boogie-woogie; Theresa is a Mother, the story of a fractured woman's search for redemption; and The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film, Short Subject.