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
  • 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