Celebrating 10 years the New York Shorts International Film Festival is a non-profit organization that provides a showcase for emerging filmmakers from around the world.

Now a qualifying film festival for the Canadian Screen Awards, presented by The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

New York Shorts is the ONLY short film festival in New York on the Canadian Screen Awards eligible festival list.

The festival has become a career stepping stone, establishing a tradition of discovering and promoting filmmakers who have gone on to become Academy Award® Nominees.

Previous selections have included:

2020 OSCAR® WINNER Live-Action Short Film, "The Neighbors" Window" by Marshall Curry wins New York Shorts 'Best of Fest'

2020 OSCAR® NOMINEE Documentary Short Subject The New York Times Op-Docs "Walk Run Cha-Cha" by Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

2019 OSCAR® NOMINEE Animated Short "Animal Behaviour" by Alison Snowden and David Fine

2015 OSCAR® NOMINEE "The Dam Keeper" by Robert Kondo, Daisuke Tsutsumi

2013 Student Academy Award® "A World for Raúl" by Mauro Mueller wins New York Shorts Best Drama

2012 OSCAR® NOMINEE & BAFTA Best Short Animation "A Morning Stroll" by Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe

2012 World premiere "Derek" by Ricky Gervais wins New York Shorts Best Comedy and became a popular British television show picked up by Netflix.

New York Shorts International Film Festival is one of the largest showcases of short films in North America and an ideal platform for filmmakers to screen their films and gain recognition in New York City.

NY Shorts events include receptions, as well as workshops with industry experts and top filmmaking professionals sharing their practical advice to attending filmmakers.

NY Shorts believes short-form cinema and its creators should have their own premier film festival in New York deserving similar recognition given to the feature films and their creators.

The heart of the festival is the quality and scope of extraordinary film programming to enthusiastic audiences in the vibrant filmmaking enclave of New York City.

Canadian Screen Awards Qualifying

Best of Fest
Best International
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Sci-Fi
Best Horror
Best Music Video
Best Web Series

Final Draft, the industry standard in screenwriting is an official sponsor of the 2021 New York Shorts International Film Festival

Five award-winning filmmakers will receive Final Draft screenwriting software.

* Note if any category does not meet the standard deemed award-worthy by the judging committee, it’s possible that there will be no award announced in that category.

2021 Requirements

We prefer films NOT screen in New York City prior to our festival. We factor in previous screenings in New York City when determining our selection.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2019
Non-English films must have English sub-titles.
Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the festival.
You may submit more than one film- but you must complete a separate entry form and pay entry fee for each film.
Film entries will NOT be viewed without entry fee payment

Film selection for the festival will be made by the screening Committee.
Selected filmmakers are responsible for all shipping fees.
All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.

Overall Rating
  • Lissandra Leite

    Awesome Film Festival to be part of. Thank you New York Shorts International Festival for Selecting our NZ Short Film "Space Invader" to be part of your Festival.

    November 2021
  • Kiki Tsakalakis

    A true NYC film festival tucked in the perfect Village spot! Tianna and her team worked hard to create an in-person FF and it showed in its care and encouragement for its filmmakers! Thank you for selecting SILENT NOTES to be part of the 2021 FF, we were nothing but proud and honored to be a part!

    November 2021
  • Aidan Kaye

    Great Festival. Feels so good to screen live again in a classic theatre in NYC! Great programming all around and friendly, hardworking staff. Tianna especially for all the help checking in and running the Q&A. Thanks for choosing "Giles" to be at the festival!

    November 2021
  • Nicole Philippidis

    Great festival! Thank you for including my music video "Sound of Silence", it was an honor to be presented along with so many talented filmmakers. We are also really excited to have won the award for Best Music Video :-)

    November 2021
  • Giorgio Miraflor

    Great people and fun fest!

    November 2021