A Film Event
April 6-7, 2019
Berkeley Carroll School's state-of-the-art Marlene Clary Performance Space, 152 Sterling Place, between Flatbush and 7th Avenue. Awards Ceremony and Closing Party will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

This year’s film festival, Art Slope ‘19 – Shorts in the Slope, will take place over the weekend of April 6 and 7 and will again be held at the Berkeley Carroll Marlene Clary Performance space at 152 Sterling Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217. All films selected for the festival will be eligible for awards.

We are excited to announce that this year we will be hosting our first Youth Film Segment. Filmmakers from age 7 to 13 and 14 to 18 are invited to submit short works.

There will be screenings on Saturday and Sunday. There will be an awards ceremony after the last Sunday evening screening. Networking events following other screenings are in the works. Check our website for updates.

Art Slope – Shorts in the Slope is an initiative of the Arts Committee of the Park Slope Civic Council, which has sought to enhance the lives of Park Slope residents and visitors since 1896. (For more information on the Civic Council’s many neighborhood activities, please visit: )

The inspiration for the Film Festival came out of September 2016's popular 9-day neighborhood-wide arts festival, Art Slope ‘16, which featured the work of over 150 artists from across all disciplines in more than 50 venues, including 9 large installations in Prospect Park and a shorts screening curated by Bill Schaumberg.

Bill Schaumberg's screening led to the inaugural Art Slope '17 - Shorts in the Slope short film festival, which took place over October 13-14 at the Berkeley Carroll School's state-of-the-art theater. The Arts Committee reviewed over 90 short film submissions form around the world and featured a festival line up of 30 films, with subject matter ranging from narrative, documentary, animations, humor and horror. (Please see below for a listing of the winning short films - and go to for the complete festival lineup, as well as photographs from the screenings and closing party/awards ceremony at Shapeshifter Lab in nearby Gowanus, Brooklyn.)

On October 13, 2018, Art Slope presented a special screening of the 1953 masterpiece "Little Fugitive," introduced by the filmmaker's daughter, Mary Engel, and which included a talk on Coney Island in the 1950's by noted architectural historian Francis Morrone and songs from the era performed by members of Brooklyn's own "Opera on Tap."

To all of our filmmakers from around the world, thank you for sharing your artistry with us!

"Steep Education" - Luke Namer and Sebastian Buffa, Directors; Redefined Films, Producer
$500 Cash Prize

"The Somnambulist" - Duane Michals, Director; Josiah Cuneo, Producer
$500 Cash Prize

Special Prize
"I'm A Man" - Liam Parry
$1,500 of color grading services, offered by Nice Shoes, a leading post-production studio + trophy


Best Narrative Short - $500 + Trophy
Best Documentary Short $500 + Trophy

Best Youth Short Ages 7 o 13 - $250 + Trophy
Best Youth Short Ages 14 to 18 $250 + Trophy

Laurels and t-shirts for all films selected for the festival


Films by independent filmmakers will be accepted for review. Works will be considered for competition only if they are 20 minutes or less (10 minutes or less for Youth Shorts) and completed since January, 2017. Short shorts are welcome! Work must not be widely commercially or publicly available. All genres accepted; separate awards will be given for narrative and documentary films.

All qualified entries must be independently produced and financed. Films produced, financed or developed by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition.

Please ensure that your film plays fully before finalizing your submission. Also clearly indicate title, total running time and email address on your submission.
If accepted, we may require you to submit a high resolution copy of your film.
Please ensure that if your submission contains copyrighted material by anyone other than yourself, you have obtained festival clearance for that material. By entering your work, you agree to this and the following stipulations:

1. Art Slope ‘19 - Shorts in the Slope will not accept any mailed or shipped entries.
2. All entrants will be notified by March 31, 2019.
3. Films screened at the festival should be presented in English or with English subtitles.
4. Film length up to 20 minutes (up to 10 minutes for Youth Shorts.)
5. Work must have been produced since January, 2017.
6. Submission fee is nonrefundable.
7. A separate entry fee is required for each submission.
8. To be fair to all filmmakers, fee waivers are not offered.
9. We accept “works in Progress.” However, we will not showcase uncompleted films. If we accept your film and do not receive the completed film prior to March 15, 2019 you will be taken out of the schedule.
10. After selection notice letters will be sent electronically.
All questions should be sent to

Early Bird Submission – Deadline January 31, 2019 - $20
Regular Submission – Deadline February, 28, 2019- $20
Late Submission – Deadline March 15, 2019 $30
Submission fee is not refundable.

Awards will be announced and presented following Saturday evening’s screening at the festival closing party..

By signing the entry form, the filmmaker gives Art Slope ‘19 - Shorts in the Slope permission to use all submitted promotional materials, including but not limited to film stills, descriptions, director’s biography and film screening history in any and all forms of media for the express purpose of festival promotion and publicity. Please note Art Slope ‘17 - Shorts in the Slope may petition filmmakers to use clips of one minute or less from films selected for both television in internet publicity. Art Slope ’19 - Shorts in the Slope will not authorize any television broadcast of footage from any submitted film without the consent of the filmmaker and producers.

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Overall Rating
  • Words cannot describe how honored I was to be a part of this amazing film festival. The organizers deserve recognition for a job well done! As a life-long Park Slope resident, I felt a sense of pride in being a part of this event, and in sharing my experiences with all the other creative artists and filmmakers. I look forward to future Art Slope events.

    April 2019
  • Terrific festival! Had a blast screening my short "Sure-Fire" there! The staff is warm and welcoming, the venue is great, and the programming is top-notch! Really enjoyed meeting the other filmmakers, and the awards party was at another cool venue in the neighborhood. This is an up-and-coming festival that I highly recommend submitting to!

    April 2019
  • Johanny Mota

    Thank you Art Slope 19 for selecting my film "Where's Lilli?". It was a wonderful experience to be a part of this festival. All the films I saw were top notch and it was a joy to be a part of such fun group of shorts. The people who run this festival are wonderful, very welcoming and deeply care about the filmmakers. The awards ceremony was also a lot of fun, great opportunity to network.

    April 2019
  • Maryanne Galvin

    Home run for Art Slope-Shorts in the Slope '19. Great group of people running this event in a superb screening environment. Everyone (filmmakers, audience, organizers) were so warm and receptive from start to finish. T-shirts, wine/snack receptions, lively Q & A sessions lent to a really enjoyable day in Park Slope. I was blown away by every film I saw on Saturday (several sessions). It was an honor to screen our short mockumentary and I hope to return in future years with other projects.

    April 2019
  • Liam Parry

    A truly fantastic experience. Everything, from the curation to the communication to the socializing, was great. We were genuinely thrilled to be shown with such an awesome group of films. Well worth the submission fee.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Liam! It was so great to work with all the filmmakers!