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.

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 (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.
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The Princeton Tiger Award is a judges award given to films which conveyed the message of their film in a superior manner. Recipients of this special award will be able to access a laurel (see below).The Best of Fest award is voted upon by the audience who attended the Fest. Best of Fest awards receive a trophy and laurel recognizing their achievements.

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 at:

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
  • Fantastic festival. Thanks a lot for selecting our works

    June 2019
  • Nothing Down

    Such an impressive festival! The networking opportunities were great, both at the festival and at the reception afterwards. We were honored to attend and will definitely attend in the future. Great venue in a very cool town with no shortage of things to do after the festival. Definitely recommend!

    May 2019
  • What an honour to win both "Best of the Fest" and a "Princeton Tiger Award" for my films "Digital Living" and "I Am a Very Special Being". Would have loved to be there!

    May 2019
  • Jeffrey Delano Davis

    A great festival. I was thrilled to win the "Princeton Tiger Award" for my film "Three Sonnets." The venue is top notch, and the town is excellent. I highly recommend this festival!

    May 2019
  • Very honored & thrilled to have Angels in Rocket Field selected, and win a Princeton Tiger award! Grateful for the recognition, outstanding communication and organization. I look forward to submitting my next film! Thank you xo

    May 2019