Boulevard Film Festival is a short film festival located in Sunnyside, Queens. This festival was founded by two artists living and working in Queens. BLVDFF has been running since 2016, programming and screening local films and connecting them directly with local audiences. BLVDFF has proudly helped films from each year achieve distribution through IndiePix Unlimited, Hewes Pictures, DirectTV and Amazon Prime. The mission of the festival is to create a local forum that celebrates the art of filmmaking while supporting local filmmakers and showcasing films that are emblematic to the borough of Queens.

We are proud to be a 100% volunteer-run festival, operated by artists and filmmakers. We all have day jobs and run this festival out of the love of cinema and the hope of building a network a local filmmakers who can continue to support each other.

Please read ALL rules before submitting. Email with any questions!


This year's festival is open to Short Films that meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

1) Filmmakers or crew members must be residents of New York City (Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island). If you resided in New York City at the time of the film's production, but no longer live here, please make a note of that in your submission. We read all submission notes!

2) If you have some special relationship to New York City that you feel makes you eligible for our festival, please let us know! Send us an email at

Note: Eligible films will have been completed between 2019-2020.


DEADLINE: April 4, 2020

FESTIVAL DATES: July 10-12, 2020

*If your film is selected for the festival, you will have a limited amount of time to confirm or deny your participation. Upon confirmation of your participation, we will ask you to send us your video file and marketing materials so that we can prepare for our screenings. Please be sure that the email address and phone number on your application are the best way for us to contact you. This will be much appreciated!

Overall Rating
  • Love this local fest! It has such a community-based feel and they are set on putting filmmakers first. Our film was shown during their pandemic pivot, but the festival made sure to keep the spirit of the festival alive. They hosted talkbacks and found ways to make sure the filmmakers were networking with one another, in order to keep the spirit of the festival. They were very supportive and communicative through the entire process. Can't wait to submit to them again.

    August 2020
  • alex mercado

    Very inclusive festival, kind and engaging hosts.
    Had an awesome time with the curators that made
    everything very easy and worth being associated with

    August 2020
  • Liena Vayzman

    Fantastic film festival with range of films highlighting Queens and NYC filmmakers. Boulevard Film Fest (as in "Queens Boulevard") hosted the USA Premiere of my short experimental doc Hierve El Agua (Water Boils, 2018). They actually understood my avant-garde experimental music-based travel doc.. and programmed it into a program of various documentary films! Thank you Amada & Boulevard Film Fest

    November 2019
  • Matt Sparks

    Had a great time, was wonderful to meet local filmmakers. Will submit again

    September 2019
  • Cely Riva

    This was a fantastic film festival. It was well prepared and great selection of films!
    I hope to be back with another film.

    July 2019