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 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.

From Dec 10, 2017 - Jan 10, 2018 NFF will once again grant a fee waiver but only during this time period. Code is NFF18

Filmmakers will be notified first of acceptance or nonacceptance. Those notified of initial acceptance (Official Selection) will then be judged again by category to determine the finalists (Finalist) whose films will be screened at the festival. Award winners will be notified after the conclusion of the festival.

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

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

15 Reviews

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    Brian Palmer

    I am honored to have my short film, Kata Muktu, selected for the festival. I reccoment this festival and look forward to submitting future projects.

    September 2017
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    Mohammad Mohammadian

    Thank you so much, Your Film Festival is Very Nice.

    May 2017
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    Rahman Mani

    An extremely well organized and supportive festival. Taking time to select the finest shorts and to communicate with all the directors on a personal level. I was very honored to get selected my film. Their dedication and support of filmmakers sets them apart.

    May 2017
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    Chocolate Bear

    We were really impressed with the prompt and courteous communication from the Lew and the festival. We'll definitely look to submit again!

    May 2017
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    Petra Khashoggi

    A wonderful festival--definitely worthwhile to submit. Princeton is so beautiful and it was very cool seeing my film screened in such a historic theatre. The other films the festival showed were of a truly high standard and made me feel very proud to be amongst them as a first time filmmaker. I was pleasantly surprised by how many people were in attendance (which was a little intimidating because I had to do a Q&A)! but everyone was lovely--oh, except the grumpy couple sitting in front of us who told my friends to "be quiet" for munching popcorn!! Gave us all the giggles--I mean, puh-leaze! Many thanks to the gracious festival director Lew Goldstein for a really fun, memorable experience.

    May 2017