Now in its 11th year, New York Shorts International Film Festival is the largest short film festival on the East Coast. A non-profit organization that provides a showcase for emerging filmmakers from around the world.
New York Shorts is a qualifying film festival for the Canadian Screen Awards, presented by The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. We are 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.
New York Shorts events include receptions, as well as workshops with industry experts and top filmmaking professionals sharing their practical advice to attending filmmakers.
New York 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 Music Video
Best Web Series
*Halyna Hutchins Cinematography Award
Final Draft, the industry-standard in screenwriting is an official sponsor.
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.
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, 2020
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.