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

New York 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 Grand Prize winning film will screen in competition at the Academy Award Qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival, an official qualifying event for BAFTA short film awards and the Canadian Screen Awards.

The following awards will be announced:

* Grand Prize
* Best Foreign Film
* Best Drama
* Best Comedy
* Best Animation
* Best Documentary

* 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.

2018 Entry Requirements

Films must NOT have screened in another SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK CITY.
Films must have been completed after JULY 1, 2017
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

Selection
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.

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  • This was a great festival for The Moustache to have it's New York premiere! I was unfortunately unable to attend, the posts on social media looked great, hopefully I will be able to make it next year!

    June 2018
  • Jenny Paul

    "Fantastic little gem of a fest. My team was so impressed with the caliber of production and how unique and interesting each of the films was! Great staff, great program, would recommend to anyone getting their feet wet in the biz!"

    Jenny Paul
    Writer/Producer
    Parent Teacher Conference

    June 2018
  • Jack Kenny

    A fantastic experience all around. I'd highly recommend submitting to NYShorts! Thank you, Julie!!

    June 2018
  • Andrea Behring

    Super fun festival, I highly recommend attending! Some great caliber films shown and they communicated well with the filmmakers.

    October 2017
  • Nikhil Melnechuk

    A wonderful festival in the heart of Manhattan. Organizers are passionate about Film, and their great taste was evident in the eclectic films selected. Lots of filmmakers in attendance.

    June 2017