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At Rooftop Films, we believe that film is powerful, not only as a creative medium, but as a vehicle for engaging in valuable dialogue with one another about the issues facing our communities. By bringing films directly to audiences, we foster connections between neighbors, artists, activists, youth and the unique spaces we all share.

A growing nonprofit organization, our mission at Rooftop Films is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers in outdoor locations, helping filmmakers to produce new films, and renting equipment & supporting film screenings citywide at low-cost to artists, nonprofits and community groups.

Rooftop Films is more than a film festival. We are a community. For over 24 years, Rooftop Films has been championing the work of independent filmmakers and bringing films rooted in compassion, solidarity, learning, togetherness, exploration, and inspiration to tens of thousands of people across all five boroughs of New York City.

Please become a member or donate today, to help us make sure that our mission lives on.

Become a Member

Annual memberships are the lifeblood of our organization and a great way for you to save money and have special access to our screening events all while supporting independent filmmakers and their work. Benefits include discount tickets, early access to tickets, priority entry, and invitations to exclusive member events, virtual film programming & special screenings all year long.

In this unprecedented time, Rooftop Films has launched two premier drive-in theaters in New York – one in Queens and one in Brooklyn – to be able to further our mission and continue bringing films to audiences in a safe and accessible way.  For our members, we are also thrilled to be able to provide exclusive access to virtual film programming.  To become a member or renew your membership, click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email memberships@rooftopfilms.com. Thank you!

Donate to Rooftop Films

Just as you rely on Rooftop Films to bring the best new independent films in the world right to your neighborhood, we rely on your support to maintain the quality and accessibility of our programs. Your donation – whether it’s $10 or $10,000 – is crucial to our effort to bring the best films in the world to rooftops and scenic spots of New York and to continue supporting independent filmmakers. Click here to donate now.

COVID-19 Resources

We’ve gathered a selection of COVID-19 resources and information for artists, filmmakers, freelancers, film festival and cinema workers, and the greater NYC community affected by COVID-19 here. If you have information you’d like to share with us, please get in touch at info@rooftopfilms.com.

Become a Rooftop Films Sponsor

Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films has become a cultural institution, a festival that attracts large audiences and media attention for everything we do. Rooftop has partnered with hundreds of innovative brands over the years, and association with Rooftop Films affords sponsors a highly targeted property for reaching their desired audience. Click here to learn more.

Rooftop Films Mission

Rooftop Films is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers in outdoor locations, helping filmmakers to produce new films, and renting equipment & supporting film screenings citywide at low-cost to artists, nonprofits and community groups. We have been bringing underground movies outdoors since 1997.