The Nassau Film Festival (NFF) screens short films and music videos (30 seconds to 20 Minutes) in the following genres: fiction, documentary, animation, student fiction and music videos. Best of Festival are awarded to regular filmmakers as well as student filmmakers. Submissions are through filmfreeway (

The Nassau Film Festival was recently named the number one comprehensive short film festival in the New Jersey/New York region.

The Nassau Film Festival has grown into an international film festival and will be a four-day event (May 17-20, 2018) with the first two days (Thursday and Friday)at the Solley Theatre in the Arts Council of Princeton and the last two days (Saturday and Sunday) scheduled again for the historic Princeton Garden Theatre on Nassau Street in Princeton, NJ. There will be a Question and Answer session for accepted filmmakers and panel discussions with festival audiences. With 336 submissions from six continents last year, NFF has become one of the premier East Coast festivals for filmmakers wishing to submit their short films for consideration.

Filmmakers will be notified first of acceptance or nonacceptance. 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 as finalists 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.

Laurels may be accessed through the following:

Best of Festival Awards in the following five categories: fiction, documentary, animation, student fiction films and music video.

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