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 cultural hub of the independent film scene. The series culminates with the 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.

New York No Limits has returned to in-person live events as of June 2021. Our August Art of the Short film series and signature film Summit will be presented with 100% in-person capacity at Wild Project.

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 2021.

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 Feature and Short Film award winners for 2021, which will be formally announced at the conclusion of the Summit.

Please take 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 2021.

Films of any genre are accepted for consideration to our screening series. Short films produced within 24 months of submission and under 40 minutes in length are eligible for consideration for screening in our periodic Art of the Short Film screening series. The best short films shown throughout the year will be selected by NYNL staff to be included in the 2021 Summit.

Feature films produced within 24 months of submission and 40 minutes or longer in running time will be selected by NYNL staff for inclusion in the Summit.

The NYNL jury will select the Best Short Film and Best Feature Film, which will be awarded a $500 and $750 prize respectively 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
  • Tzvi Friedman

    Loved this festivals, brilliant picks in my block, and Tom was just amazing in accommodating my team, can't wait to be at another NYNL fest, hopefully after this awful pandemic!

    December 2020
  • A very thoughtfully curated film series by an extremely supportive group of filmmakers dedicated to cultivating the NYC indie film community. Highly recommend!

    May 2020
  • Duncan Birmingham

    I was lucky enough to be in New York for this screening and it was a really nice night in the East Village and we went out for drinks down the block after. Tom and the other people involved were very accomodating and it was a good time with a strong bunch of short films.

    May 2020
  • Sparkman Clark

    Excellent communication and hospitality with the filmmakers.

    February 2020
  • Sarah Gurfield

    NYNL was really well-run: everyone was super nice, easy to work with, and clear communicators. And it was a fun space for a showing (essentially a black box theater), which was packed! They had a really diverse group of films, which made for an interesting panel. Definitely recommend for filmmakers who want a great NYC experience.

    February 2020