New York No Limits Film Series (NYNL) enters its 13th year as one of the premier exhibitors of curated films on the East Coast, and since launching in 2011, the series has curated & screened over 1,200 films from across the globe in every film genre.

We produce two forms of live film events throughout the year, the Art of the Short and our annual Film Summit. The Art of the Short is an ongoing collection of one-night short film screenings, that occur three times from February to August, which presents the best short films; from narrative to experimental, to foreign language, to student films. The Film Summit is a 3-day festival event that exhibits feature films and short films that occurs near the end of each year.

NYNL's' 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 narratives that focus on the human experience. As programmers, our goal is to curate films that emerge as stories personal to the filmmaker. We encourage foreign language, documentary, dance, and student films to submit.

New York No Limits Film Series will present awards for Best Film as selected by our Jury of industry professionals and Special Jury Recognitions at the conclusion of the NYNL Film Summit in November 2023.

Short films that exhibit at our Art of the Short film events throughout the season are eligible for an additional Best Of screening at the Summit. Please note, feature films are only screened at the Summit along with NYNL premiere and the Best Of short films.

The feature film call for entry is currently open.

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 2023 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 the 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, the 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
  • Joeseph Quesada

    I was honored to be selected by the New York No Limits Film Series; my only regret was not being in town to join in the festivities. That said, I had some friends that attended and had a great time. A big shout out to Tom Escovar and his team for being helpful and communicative. This festival has a great future and is only going to get bigger.

    March 2023
  • David Rosenberg

    Great evening! Tom and Robert put on a really nice screening. Tons of other filmmakers to hang with, what a fun night.

    March 2023
  • Isaac F. Davis

    The New York No Limits Film Series was an exceptional festival. Extremely well-planned, great sound quality, engaging Q&A, and an incredible filmmaking environment that had New York City undertones. I would recommend filmmakers attend this festival to experience and collaborate with some truly talented and innovative up-and-coming filmmakers in the industry. It was an honor and a pleasure to attend!

    December 2022
  • Irina Gorovaia

    New Yorks No Limits was an incredible festival. Very grateful to be a part of it. The Wild Project is an awesome venue and all the other filmmakers and audience members had a great time watching our film. Tom and Robert know how to run a A-1 festival and I look forward to opportunity to show future projects there!

    December 2022
  • Ari Golin

    Great little festival in the heart of the East Village. Really grateful to have been included, definitely worth applying. Appreciated their centering of slightly left of center work. Great home for shorts that might be less sought after elsewhere.

    December 2022