The Third Annual Astoria Film Festival will be held May 16 &17 2020 with an Opening Night Party on May 15, 2020 at La Sala in Astoria NY. The majority of the festival takes place at the famed Kaufman Astoria Studios in the Kaufman Arts District, who are also our Prime Sponsors. After Parties will take place at The Highwater in Astoria NY and Beans & Lager in LIC, NY.

AFF2020 will feature short films (under 25 mins) and web series in Comedy, Drama, Documentary, & Experimental genres. We have also added 2 brand new categories: DANCE SHORTS & ENVIRONMENTAL SHORTS. The general theme for this year is SOCIAL JUSTICE.

AFF Youth Film Festival will take place on Saturday May 16, 2020, from 10am-3pm at the Zukor Theater in Kaufman Astoria Studios. It is dedicated to highlight works by aspiring filmmakers 18 & Under, including screenings of shorts from our Film Workshops, selected films by youth filmmakers, and panels of various youth filmmakers. There are 2 awards ceremonies in the Youth Festival - one for ages 14-18 and one for Under 14.

Live Screenings, Director Panels, Industry professionals, Awards Ceremony, Opening Party, After Parties, After After Parties, Networking Events, as well as AFF Youth Film Festival.

*To be sure that your films/web series are accessible to everyone, please include closed captioning.

The Zukor, named after Kaufman Astoria Studios' founder, is our top award for Best Overall Film
Best Drama Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Dance Short
Best Environmental Short
Best Drama Web Series
Best Comedy Web Series
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Editing
Audience Awards
Honorable Mention
Best Youth Film (Ages 14-18)
Youth Audience Awards (Ages 14-18)

Submissions for shorts no longer than 25mins in length (35mins for documentaries).

*To be sure that your films/web series are accessible to everyone, please include closed captioning.

For a Web Series, please submit only ONE episode of the series that you think captures the essence of the series.
Drama Short
Comedy Short
Documentary Short
Experimental Short
Dance Short
Environmental 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
  • Kevin Hejna

    I had a very good time at the Astoria NY FIlm Festival. It was held in a really great location, the Zukor Theater at Kauffman Astoria Studios. This theater is just rich in film history. I found Nina and everyone at the festival very welcoming and interested in my work. The oportunity to take a project I made to Astoria was a wonderful experience. I can't recommend it enough,

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so very much Kevin! It was a true pleasure to meet you and have you there, and we loved your film. Look forward to seeing you and your work again.

  • Jason A. Coombs

    The Astoria Film Festival was an an absolute dream come true and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. First off, Nina and her incredible team have really fostered a strong community of filmmakers supporting filmmakers and that came through during the two day festival that featured such fantastic and diverse projects and insightful talk backs and panels with the filmmakers. It was also an honor to have our webseries "SHAW" screened at the legendary Zukor theater at Kaufman Astoria Studios.

    Nina has extraordinary communication skills, always keeping us in the loop in terms of events for the festival and even after. She has remained in touch with us filmmakers, sharing our work, supporting our social medias and really being inclusive and making us feel apart of her community.

    Through the incredible amount of networking opportunities the weekend of the festival, I have been able to work with a handful of other filmmakers I met that weekend on a variety of projects. This would not have happened without being a apart of the Astoria Film Festival and I am grateful to Nina and her entire team.

    Lastly the projects screened over the course of that weekend were seriously some of the best films I have seen at an indie festival like this. The Astoria Film Festival is worth every penny for entry and I am so thankful that I got to be a small part of it!

    August 2019
    Response from festival:

    ❤️❤️❤️ I have no adequate words! Thank you Jason. So much. You’re amazing and I’m just grateful to know you. Everything you’ve said here is exactly why I began the festival - to foster community, to foster partnerships, to help filmmakers and build up future filmmakers- so it’s surreal and absolutely wonderful to hear that you see it that way. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. ❤️❤️❤️

  • I was not able to attend Astoria NYFF but they were very good at communicating and also help spread the word about my short film through there various social media channels.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Keith!! Your beautiful film was so very poignant with an amazing message and we were lucky to be able to screen it. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

  • Steven St. Pierre

    It was an amazing experience at the Astoria Film Festival! Nina and her team put together a weekend filled with information, fun, love and opportunity with events like the young filmmakers panels, luncheons and meet ups with delicious sponsored food, after parties and the phenomenal selection of films. It was a privilege to screen among such great work. Nina is truly dedicated to uplifting her community with this festival from local businesses to the budding and emerging filmmakers. Thank you for selecting "Corey" to be a part of this movement. Looking forward to future festivals and events!

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so very much Steven!! I'm thrilled to read this :) Thank you for being a part of the festival. Your work is gorgeous and I hope to see you more and more in future years. Thank you again!! xo

  • Nikki Coble

    What a wonderful time we had at our neighborhood festival! Nina & company made us feel so welcome and presented a great lineup in seamless fashion. We were delighted to screen & be part the filmmaker panel. Thanks to Nina, the staff & the students for taking such excellent care of us!

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for this and for being a part of it! You're amazing and we were just honored to have you there. xo