New York No Limits Film Series is an ongoing collection of one-night short film screenings that presents the best films from around the world in New York City, which continues to be an important focal point of the independent film scene. The series culminates with our film Summit, a 3-day festival that exhibits feature films and short films.

New York No Limits Film Series' mission is to sustain diversity in film, create discussion among the audience, and inspire filmmakers to push forward to perfect their craft to their fullest potential. The series provides filmmakers the platform to explore innovative narrative and personal themes that focus on the human experience. We encourage films to experiment without commercial pressure.

We have returned to 100% in-person, full capacity events. Our events are presented by our sponsor organization, Wild Project, an 89-seat nonprofit theater in the East Village.

New York No Limits Film Series will present awards for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film, and the Audience Award at our Summit in October 2022.

Short films that exhibit at our Art of the Short film events throughout the season are eligible for additional screening at the Summit. Our Jury will select the Best Film award winner for 2022, which will be formally announced at the conclusion of the Summit.

Please note, feature films are only screened at the Summit. Additionally, feature and short films are screened at the Summit event. The feature film call for entry will open in March 2022.

Films of any genre are accepted for consideration in NYNL. Short films completed within the prior 12 months of the submission date and under 39 minutes in length are eligible for consideration for screening in our periodic Art of the Short Film screening series.

NYNL's programmers will select the short films from our Art of the Short series for inclusion in the 2022 Summit.

Feature films should be completed within the prior 12 months of submission and 40 minutes or longer in running time. Features will also be selected by NYNL programmers for inclusion in the Summit.

The NYNL Jury will select the Best Film, which will receive a cash prize of $500 at the conclusion of the Summit.

All films must be received by listed deadline dates. Any applications received after each deadline will be considered for the next film series.

By submitting to New York No Limits Film Series, you are consenting to the exhibition of your film, use of all cast/crew names, and images associated with the film for exhibition and promotional purposes.

New York No Limits Film Series does not offer a screening fee to filmmakers.

By submitting a film, the submitter grants New York No Limits the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

In submitting a film, the submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless the New York No Limits Film Series from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Julia D'Angelo

    This is a wonderful film festival that I'm honoured to have been part of! The communication throughout, and their dedication to fostering a welcoming and creative space for indie filmmakers was so well received. Definitely recommend!

    November 2021
  • Yuki Soga

    A thoughtfully curated and well organized summit in a great location on the LES, hosted by some truly artistically minded film enthusiasts working to create a community of independent filmmakers. Definitely recommend this festival!

    October 2021
  • Paden Falllis

    A wonderful location on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Clear and friendly communication from the festival team. Most Importantly - a great, diverse slate films. We were happy to be one of them!

    October 2021
  • Gabriel Guzman

    Great festival, such a home environment for aspiring and established filmmakers. I really had a memorable time.

    October 2021
  • Thank you so much for selecting my short film, A Strong Black Woman My Azz, for screening. It was an honor to fly from Atlanta to be there in person. Rob was awesome! He gave each filmmaker personal attention and was very warm-hearted. It was my first festival and I will always remember this experience. My daughters and I had the best time. Thank you for making this ole’ lady smile.

    October 2021