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's first festival was in 2016, and we have continued to program and screen local films and connect them directly with local audiences ever since. 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.

2019 will bring the 4th Annual Boulevard Film Festival, with many more to follow. Support local cinema!

Each screening will having voting cards and an Audience Choice Award announced at the end of the event. Prizes vary each year and in the past have included monetary awards, along with donations from sponsors, such as studio rehearsal time.

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) Films that are set in or filmed in New York City are also eligible.

3) 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

ALL films submitted must be made within the last two years (2017-2019).


DEADLINE: April 27, 2019


*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
  • 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
  • Jose Anthony Roman

    Great fest! Can't wait till next year!

    July 2019
  • Fantastic festival! The programming is excellent and the staff could not be kinder. Very much looking forward to submitting and attending again.

    July 2019
  • Manny & Lindsay Serrano

    The BLVD fest was great! We screened as part of the Midnight block on Saturday night, and while i thought it was odd that the block would be at a different location than the other screenings, and so much later, we screened to a packed house! The organizers, Amanda and Matt, knew each filmmaker on sight. They are extremely friendly and have a wonderful support staff of volunteers who help the festival come together.
    Great fest experience, and we hope to return n coming years!

    July 2019