New York Shorts International Film Festival is one of the largest showcases of short films in North America. Featuring a wide spectrum of film genres from emerging to established filmmakers around the world.

New York Shorts has become a career stepping stone, establishing a tradition of discovering and promoting filmmakers who have gone on to be Academy Awards Nominees.

2019 New York Shorts Best of Fest Winner "The Neighbors' Window" directed by Marshall Curry was this years' Oscar WINNER Live-Action Short Film.

NY Shorts offers short-form filmmakers an ideal platform to screen their film and gain recognition in the heart of New York City. In 2012 NY Shorts premiered Ricky Gervais ‘Derek”, which became a popular British television show picked up by 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:

Best of Fest
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.

2020 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
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.
Do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will ask you to provide 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
  • Chris Craymer

    A wonderful festival! It was such a shame they couldn't be live this year but it was still a very well run event . Highly recommended !

    September 2020
  • A wonderful festival with great shorts. It was sad that it was not live this year in NY, but the upside was that my family in The Netherlands and UK could also enjoy it. The festival organizers are great to deal with, very supportive and quick to answer. True supporters of the short art form.

    September 2020
  • Terrific festival at an iconic downtown theater. Packed house, great Q&A. Happy to premiere here!

    February 2020
  • 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