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What began as a small underground collective of filmmakers, writers, actors and artists has exploded into sublime and surreal international artistry and pageantry for the world to share.

Winning films will have their work shared with a live audience for filmmaker Q & A afterward.

Winning scripts will have their writing performed by professional actors before a live audience for feedback. Winning scripts will also be reviewed by award-winning producers and other industry professionals for a possible production deal.

Now accepting Films and Videos:
* Short Films
* Web series
* 1-minute films

Screenplay Competition:
* Short Screenplays
* Feature Screenplays
* Teleplays/TV Pilots
* Web series

Up to $4,200 in prizes and perks from our film and screenwriting festival sponsors, including Final Draft software.

Each Top 10 Winner receives a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software.

1) Various surprise prizes from our sponsors ($2400 Value)

2) Grand Prize Winner receives complimentary film and television consultation by NYU film professor, Marilyn Horowitz ($1800 value)

Official New York Short Film & Screenwriting Competition Rules & Terms:

* More than one entry may be submitted. However, each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and entry fee.

All submitted films and/or screenplays/music/treatments must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc.

Please upload a secure online screener and/or screenplay/music/treatments. The film and/or screenplay must be uploaded by the submission deadline in order to be considered. Your submission application will not be processed otherwise. If you are accepted into the festival, a DVD or Blu-ray screener must be submitted.

We will email you when we receive your submission. If you do not receive an email, we did not receive your submission.

The New York Short Film & Screenwriting Competition is not accepting works-in-progress.

Films and/or screenplays submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances and permits necessary to present their work. The New York Short Film & Screenwriting Competition is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits or royalty infringement related to the work.

If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide either a print or digital press kit which includes: headshot and brief bio of director, color and/or B&W stills from the film, screeners for press, and a video trailer (cleared for use on the Festival website).

The date, time and location of the screenings of films are solely at the discretion of The New York Short Film & Screenwriting Competition.

The Festival will award up to six additional screenings to the top three features and top three short films. These screenings will take place throughout New York and New England. The Festival requires that the filmmaker allow these additional screenings of his/her work.

All film and screenplay entries selected for the festival grant the The New York Short Film & Screenwriting Competition the rights to use footage, stills, titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.

All filmmakers will be notified via email regarding their acceptance into the Competition.

Overall Rating
  • Brilliant! Five stars all round.

    July 2017
  • I was unable to attend the festival. Communication was prompt. I look forward to submitting my film as a followup to the script.

    January 2017
  • David J Schroeder

    The team for THIS MODERN MAN IS BEAT thanks New York Short Film & Screenplay Festival! Every step of the submission process was facilitated by JoDa Hodge and his staff. Communication was thorough. Multiple screenings in NYC was a big plus, and future screenings will be useful leverage to get a second movie made. Thank you again. David J Schroeder, first-time producer/screenwriter/quadriplegic.

    December 2016
    New york short film
    Response from festival:

    Hi David,

    With great pride we screened your film, This Modern Man is Beat, twice last weekend. We found the cinematography to be superb, the acting to be sublime and the entire production hypnotized our audiences.

    Definitely let us know how we can help your powerful short film manifest into the feature it deserves.

    JoDa Hodge (Director)

  • Abdul Malik Abbott

    It was a great experience at this festival! Joda Hodge was a wonderful host and very commuincative and helpful throughout the process. The venues were nice and the films chosen were all really thought provoking, interesting, some with a touch of comedy... I got to network and meet new friends which is big part of what we hoped to experience. It was well organized and hospitable. I would definitely recommend this festival! Thanks for the wonderful time!

    December 2016
    New york short film
    Response from festival:

    Hi Abdul,

    It was an absolute honor to screen your profound film, Curse of War, shining awareness on the struggles of PTSD survivors—and to meet your stellar cast and crew.

    Please keep us updated on your feature-length version and on your music documentary because we would love to screen them too.

    And, we would be honored if you helped cast some of our future projects.

    JoDa Hodge (Director)

  • The festival communicated with me throughout the process ,my movie was a semi finalist but didn't make it to the screening, which is okay by me. Every festival know what they are looking for in a movie. For the guy that complained about tickets, almost every festival requires you to get a ticket to see other movies that are not in your film block. I think we are as film makers should continue making movies and not base how good we are at it because of the opinion of 10 people in a jury. I will submit again to this festival.

    December 2016
    New york short film
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the honest review Tyna!

    We look forward to seeing your future submissions.