The Nassau Film Festival was recently named the number one comprehensive short film festival in the New Jersey/New York/Pennsylvania tri-state region and one of the best comprehensive short film festivals in the United States. Recently, the festival was rated by filmmakers as one of the top 100 film festivals worldwide.

The Nassau Film Festival (NFF) screens short films and music videos (30 seconds to 20 Minutes) in the following categories: fiction, documentary, animation, student fiction, music videos, trailers and episodic. The historic Princeton Garden Theatre on Nassau Street in Princeton, NJ across the street from Princeton University will host the 2019 festival which will be held on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19, 2019. Last year the festival screened 82 films from 31 countries. Best of Festival awards are given in each of the categories and attendees have a chance to network with filmmakers, actors, actresses, directors and directors of photography at a special festival event. Audience members will also have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with filmmakers whose films are selected to screen at the festival.

Submissions are through FilmFreeway:

In keeping with Festival tradition, we donate funds collected from sponsors and patrons to a non profit organization. In past years, we have supported Homefront, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society and Womenspace. This year we are supporting the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) which serves nutritious meals to children, individuals and families who are in need. Please show your support by going to the ticket page on our festival page on Filmfreeway and purchasing a ticket to the festival. Your entire donation will go toward TASK and you will be a true VIP to many helping to ensure they do not go hungry.

Filmmakers will be notified first of acceptance or nonacceptance after a review of all films by a panel of judges.. Those notified of initial acceptance (Semi-Finalist) will then be judged again and narrowed down by category to determine those (Official Selection) films which will be screened at the festival. Award winners will be notified after the conclusion of the festival. There will be panel discussions during each day of the festival in which directors are expected to attend to discuss their films with festival goers and/or may bring or send representatives on their behalf.

Best of Festival Awards in each of the following seven categories: fiction, documentary, animation, student fiction films, music video, trailers and episodic.

Please see rules by visiting our site:
Same rules from last year's festival applies.

Overall Rating
  • Kelly Holmes

    Wasn't able to attend, but this looked like a lovely festival and our film was given an Excellence in Filmmaking award, which was so lovely. Thank you x

    May 2018
  • Shruti Tewari

    I was privileged to have my film showcased at this festival. While I was not able to attend the event, I was impressed by the effective and easy communication I had with the organizers regarding the festival. I look forward to submitting future projects here and to attending it as well.

    May 2018
  • Eileen F.

    Outstanding experience!!! The festival was well-organized by professional staff who curated an amazing selection of films from all over the world. It was an amazing experience in terms of the quality of films, the networking, and the highly professionalism staff who organized the event!

    May 2018
  • Marti Davis

    Great Festival with carefully curated line-up of Films from around the world. Super cool location - Princeton has everything, and the Garden Theatre is an iconic landmark in the middle of town that draws a fabulous audience.
    This is an excellent Festival in every respect. We're looking forward to submitting future projects to this Event.

    May 2018
  • That was really very fantastic and loved it!

    May 2018