The Second Annual Astoria Film Festival will be held May 17&18 2019, in Astoria NY, at the famed Kaufman Astoria Studios. AFFNY2019 will feature short films (under 25 mins) and web series in Comedy, Drama, Documentary, and Experimental genres.

Live Screenings, Director Panels, Industry professionals, Awards Ceremony, After Parties, Networking Events, as well as AFF Future FilmMakers - a session for aspiring filmmakers 18 & Under, including screenings of shorts from our Film Workshops, selected films by youth filmmakers, and panels of various youth and professional filmmakers.

The Zukor is our top award for Best Overall Film
Best Drama Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Drama Web Series
Best Comedy Web Series
Best Actor
Best Actress
Audience Awards
Honorable Mention

Submissions for shorts no longer than 25mins in length. For a Web Series, please submit only ONE episode of the series that you think captures the essence of the series.
Categories:
Drama Short
Comedy Short
Documentary Short
Experimental Short
Drama Web Series
Comedy Web Series
Documentary Web Series
Experimental Web Series

AFFKids - All submissions to Child FilmMakers that are selected will be screened only at the AFFKids Session of the Festival on Saturday Morning.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Dan McNamara

    Nina and her team are absolute professionals and have started a much needed festival to screen a wide array or talented filmmakers from around the world and in the Queens neighborhood I call home. They were incredibly organized and I was able to communicate with them with ease. We were well fed and the events and setting were perfect. I got to meet so many people, spoke on a panel, and got many great photos. I would submit again!

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Dan! You and your team are a delight and we were thrilled to have you there!! Look forward to seeing more of you!

  • Sarah Misch

    The 1st Astoria NY Film Festival was a success! The festival curated an incredible, diverse line-up of films that were inspiring and thought-provoking. The festival provided great networking opportunities after screenings and awards that incorporated local Astoria establishments. I loved that the event felt so connected to the neighborhood it was in! My only suggestion would be to include more intermissions - there was only one bathroom at the Zukor and the lines were long.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for being a part of it!! You’re amazing! And yes definitely will have more breaks next year. Was trying to pack as many of the movies into the one day. But next year will be 3 days so a bit more time :) 🙌🙌❤️❤️

  • Great festival! I had a wonderful experience. I look forward to returning next year! Kudos, Nina!

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    You’re just wonderful Lester!! I look forward to many good collaborations ahead and I’m so grateful you were a part of the festival. ❤️🙌❤️🙌

  • Held in the famous Kaufman Astoria Studios, where screenings took place in the historic Zukor theater and the after party was at the very Hollywood George's restaurant. I was so impressed by it all! The films were great and Nina (and team) were wonderful. Thank you for an amazing experience!

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!! It was my honor to host you all! Thank you for being a wonderful part of the day ❤️❤️

  • Marlon Perrier

    We had a blast at this festival and saw some truly beautiful films. Nina and everyone involved with the festival was amazing.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Marlon!! For your beautiful film and for your participation in this festival. It was only as good as the filmmakers involved (so in that case I think it was fabulous! :) ❤️