New York Shorts International Film Festival provides a showcase for emerging and established independent filmmakers from around the world.

NY Shorts offers short-form filmmakers an ideal platform to screen their film and gain recognition in the heart of New York City. NY Shorts premiered Ricky Gervais ‘Derek” in 2012, which became a popular British television show written, directed and starring Ricky Gervais. The series is now available on Netflix.

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

NY Shorts feels that short form cinema and its creators should have their own premiere film festival in New York deserving similar recognition given to the feature film and its creators.

The following awards will be announced:

Grand Prize
Best International
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Music Video
Best Web Series

* 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.

2019 Entry Requirements

Films must NOT have screened in NEW YORK.
We prefer films NOT screen in New York prior to our festival. We factor in previous screenings in New York when determining our selection.
Films must have been completed after July 1, 2018
Films must be submitted via online screener.
All non-English films must have English sub-titles.
Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the Festival.
Please do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will ask you to email us a still image.
All films selected for the Festival grant NY Shorts the rights to use press materials from the film for promotional purposes.
You may enter more than one film- entry fee is required for each film.
Entries will NOT be viewed without entry fee payment

Film selection for the festival will be made by the Festival Committee.
The selected filmmakers will be responsible for all shipping fees.
All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.

Overall Rating
  • I was very happy to have my film screen at The NY Shorts International Film Festival. What a great experience. I highly recommend this festival for movie makers and movie goers.

    September 2019
  • Bettina Bilger

    Great fun Networking and Meeting the Staff and Programmers. Everyone was Professional and so Helpful. Thanks again for having us!

    September 2019
  • It was a great experience. Everyone was very professional and our film got a lot of exposure. Thank you so much.

    July 2019
  • I was honored that "You Can't Always Get What You Want" had its New York premier as part of the NY Shorts International Film Festival.
    The festival provided a welcoming and enthusiastic environment to its filmmakers allowing for great networking opportunities. The hardworking and accommodating staff made my festival journey truly enjoyable.

    June 2019
  • Cindy Wathen-Kennedy

    New York Shorts truly cares about filmmakers. They are a hardworking and awesome festival that exceeded all of our expectations. One of our favorite festivals ever!

    June 2019