Welcome to IMDb qualifying NEW YORK Indie Shorts Awards a TOP 50 MOST POPULAR festival.

** A TOTAL OF USD 4000 in Cash prizes per year for the Best Shorts of the Seasons **

New York Indie Shorts Awards is an international independent short film competition with LIVE EVENTS . Our goal is to find talented filmmakers and help them promote their work.

WE SCREEN ALL THE MAIN CATEGORY AWARD WINNING FILMS IN OUR PUBLIC LIVE EVENTS.
ADDITIONALLY WE ORGANIZE VIRTUAL EVENTS WHERE THE OFFICIAL SELECTION FILMS ARE SCREENED IN ORDER TO SUPPORT NEW FILMMAKERS PROJECTS ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

Quarterly, apart from our winners announcement, we will award , as a recognition for creativity and talent, the “Best Short of the Season ” with a CASH PRIZE of USD 1000. ( A total amount of USD 4000 per year ).

We accept films from all genres. Some of our former contestants include Kevin Bacon, Pauline Chalamet, Julie Pacino, Iggy Pop, Oscar nominees Jude Law, Brenda Blethyn, Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick and a new wave of talented directors like Ania Gauer , Julien Gauthier, Anthony Nti, Pierre Leon Luneau, Michael Chereau and so many more.

New York, the city that never sleeps, is a hotspot for filmmakers who want to promote their independent projects.
Being a thriving film hub, the city plays host to hundreds of filmmakers, industry professionals and movie lovers annually.

Your film will be reviewed by our screeners team and the highest scored ones will be selected as Official Selection receiving corresponding Laurels. Then, our international jury will choose the winners in each category and they will receive the Official Laurels and Certificates.

All the Official Selection films will be screened in our Online Event in a private platform. All the audience must have a ticket or invitation. All filmmakers will receive courtesy tickets. Filmmakers lounges, Q&A and interviews about in competition short films and filmmakers will be released during the season.

All main category award-winning films will be screened in our public and complementary Event where you will have the opportunity to network with filmmakers and people from the industry.

CATEGORIES

We proudly announce all our Categories.

Your project might become a multi award winning film!.

MAIN CATEGORIES

Best Short
Best Foreign short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Student Short
Best First Time Filmmaker Short
Best Horror Short
Best Music Video

ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES

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 of the film might be requested 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 competition. 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- Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges' team and no selection is guaranteed.

11- A fee is required for the main category submission and also fees for additional categories. For payment structure visit (FilmFreeway website).

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

13- All submissions in personal categories required the name of the person and the category. You can easily send us this information in the cover letter at FilmFreeway website.

14- 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.

15- Maximum length allowed is 40 minutes.

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Dhyan Valdés Ramírez

    Really awesome, passionately made film festival. The work they put on it and the care and love they show both for the short films and for filmmakers is really extraordinary. Definetly worth it.

    May 2021
  • Grégory Bollack

    iT WAS AN HONNOR TO BE PART OF THE INDIE SHORTS AWARDS NY

    April 2021
  • Kristen Gerweck

    Overall, a fantastic festival with an excellent curation of short films and lovely people to work with on every level!

    April 2021
  • Excellent organization and very friendly and warm team 

    April 2021
  • Taokan Xu

    Great festival. I am honored to be selected. Some brilliant works made me really enjoy watching and laugh. The great humor is a gift for all of us.

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Great to know that you enjoyed the screening as much as we did Taokan!!!, thank you!.