🎞🎞 OUR LAST 3 DAY LIVE EVENT TOOK PLACE 8-9-10 SEPTEMBER 2022 AT CINEPOLIS LUXURY CINEMAS, NEW YORK. 🎞🎞

We enjoyed more than100 international films, networking cocktails, masterclasses, panels and Q&A's.📽. Check our photos above 🌟.

Welcome to IMDb qualifying NEW YORK INDIE SHORTS AWARDS, TOP 50 most popular and 100 best reviewed festival.

Our goal is to find talented filmmakers from all around the world who stand out for having something to communicate through art and help them promote their work.

Some of our former contestants include Iggy Pop, Pauline Chalamet, Julie Pacino, Kevin Bacon, Oscar nominees Jude Law, Brenda Blethyn, Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick and a new wave of talented directors like Student Academy Award Winners Akanksha Cruczynski, De’Onna “Tree” Young, Curry Sicong Tian, Pilar Garcia-Fernandezesma, Kristen Hwang, Murad Abu Eisheh, Simon Denda, Tribeca winning award director Peter Sluszka and so many more.

You can submit your film in any of the Main Competitions and automatically your film will be considered for all Technical & Performance Categories at no extra cost and participate for Cash Prizes up to USD 6000 per year.

You don’t need to pay any additional category fee. Just submit your film in any of the Main Competitions where your project fits better.

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Once you submit your film, our international screeners team will watch and review your project. Quarterly, the highest scored films will become finalists and automatically will join the Official Selection with +100 films to be screened at our live event.

The entire Official Selection films will receive the festival laurel. At the end of the live event we will announce all Main Competitions and Technical & Performance winners chosen by our industry jury.

Winners will receive the corresponding Certificate of Achievement and Laurel.

Moreover, we will announce the winner of the AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD who will receive a cash prize.

SEMIFINALISTS
In addition, each quarter the festival will distinguish a selection of films as semifinalists. All semifinalist projects will be invited to be part of our online event and will receive the corresponding laurel.
All films at our Online Event will participate for cash prizes and 3 Wild Card Invitations to the Live Event at the Cinépolis Chelsea, NY.

You can submit your film in any of the Main Competitions and automatically your film will be considered for all Technical & Performance Categories at no extra cost and participate for Cash Prizes up to USD 6000 per year.

COMPETITIONS:

NARRATIVE SHORT

FOREIGN SHORTS

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

ANIMATION SHORTS

NEW FILMMAKERS SHORTS

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS

STUDENT SHORTS

HORROR SHORTS

MUSIC VIDEOS

COMEDY SHORTS

TECHNICAL & PERFORMANCES CATEGORIES

All these categories are complimentary. When you submit a film in a MAIN COMPETITION, it is automatically considered in all Technical & Performance Categories. Tick all the free categories you want to be considered and add the names of the artists for that specific category in the Custom Form.

BEST PRODUCER

BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR

BEST MALE DIRECTOR

BEST FEMALE STUDENT DIRECTOR

BEST MALE STUDENT DIRECTOR

BEST ACTRESS

BEST ACTOR

BEST NEW ACTRESS/ACTOR

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

BEST EDITING

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

BEST SOUND DESIGN

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

BEST SCREENWRITING

RULES

1- In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.

2- The Festival relationship will exclusively be related to the film submitter.

3- Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.

4- All fees are non-refundable.

5- NEW YORK INDIE SHORTS AWARDS will not be responsible for damaged copies.

6- A DCP copy link of the film is required for the Live Event.

7- Students must present a valid Student ID in order to receive our student discount.

8- Not all the submissions are selected for the Official Selection. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.

9- NEW YORK INDIE SHORTS AWARDS can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any question regarding this decision you might contact us at our email address nyc@indieshortsawards.com

10- A fee is required for all the Main Competitions. All Technical & Performances Categories are free of charge and are included by submitting your film in any Main Competition. For payment structure visit Filmfreeway website.

11- The applicants (submitters) must accept NEW YORK INDIE SHORTS AWARDS Rules and Terms.

12- When you submit your movie in a Main Competition, you can choose your film to be considered in any Technical & Performances Categories you want. Please select all free categories you want to be considered and add the names of the artists in the Custom Form.

13- By submitting your movie, you authorize NEW YORK INDIE SHORTS AWARDS to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.

14- Maximum length allowed is 40 minutes.

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  • Nicholas Goldfarb

    SUBMIT! Don't let the fact that this is a new festival stop you from submitting, because it is wonderful. The people involved are so passionate about filmmaking and filmmakers and really have it together. The theater was great, the Q&A was one of the best we have ever experienced and we loved our time at New York Indie Shorts Awards!

    September 2022
  • Maureen Payne-Hahner

    Submit your short film to this festival. The quality of the programming is tremendous, along with an extremely welcoming programming team. Everything is top of the line, and I promise you will feel great being a part of this event! I will definitely submit again. Thank you New York Indie Shorts Awards for giving short film makers the chance come together under your sparkling umbrella!

    September 2022
  • James Hoare

    Great festival. Thank you to all involved at New York Indie Shorts Awards.

    September 2022
  • Dag-Erik Hansen

    I had a great experience with this festival and screening our film there! Unfortunately I was not able to attend the festival in person, but all the information and communication I had with the festival was top notch. Can absolutely recommend submitting to this festival.

    September 2022
  • Linda Engelberth

    Really great to be part of this festival. The program was really strong and really nice hospitality from the people arranging. I will join this festival again for sure.

    September 2022