As one of the featured events of the upcoming Newark Arts Festival, the Newark Short Film Awards will be held October 10- 11, 2020. The NSFA is presented in partnership with Express Newark and NYC Filmmakers in the historic and redeveloped Hahne & Co., building located at 54 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey.

In addition to the Awards Ceremony, this is a full Day of Creativity providing filmmaking and improvisation workshops, networking events, entertainment, and an overall support system for artist, actors, composers, directors, writers, stagehands, operators and filmmakers.

Films may be submitted in the categories of Short Documentary, Short Narrative, Best Short Comedy and Best Short Student Film.

Included in the two day program lineup are continuous movie screenings, filmmaking workshops, discussion panels and a Networking Session that will provide an opportunity to converse and share information and promote individual specialties within the film industry.

This event is designed for all artists interested and working in and around the filmmaking industry and for Movie Lovers alike. The Newark Short Film Award pride itself on being informative, lively and entertaining.

Passes for the Newark Short Film Awards are on sale at

Prizes will be awarded to winners during the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Winners will receive a variety of cash and / or trophy prizes.

Selected winners will also receive free passes to the Newark International Film Festival.

All film submissions must be 2-20 minutes long including credits.
At least 20 short films will be selected from the submissions that are received online.
Selected films will be screened during the Newark Short Film Awards.

Films may be submitted at
All submissions must be received by Monday, September 14, 2020.

If your submitted film has been screened and won awards at other festivals, please indicate which festivals and the awards given.

All Entries should include a mini press pack including a one paragraph synopsis and short staff biography with a photo of director and producer for promotional use.

All Entries must include a list of the cast including high-quality photos for promotional use. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Early Bird Submissions Due by March 2, 2020 - Fee $20.00

Regular Submissions Due by July 14, 2020 - Fee $25.00

Late Submissions Due by September 14, 2020 - Fee $30.00

Student Submissions Due by Sept 14, 2020 - Fee $15.00
(Must Be a Registered Student. High School, College,University, Trade, Art School)
There is no age restriction for filmmakers, but submitters must be at least 18 years of age.

Overall Rating
  • Newark Short Film Awards cares about your film and about finding new voices in Cinema. Great, friendly communication and look forward to submitting here again!

    October 2019
  • Yolonda Johnson-Young

    Thank you Matt for the hard work involved in creating such a great event. I really enjoyed the Improvisation workshop. I also met some great people and had an opportunity to network. Kudos!

    October 2019
  • Zak Mir

    Great experience and its one of a kind. Great people, films and workshops - proud to be part of it and looking forward to the next one. Thanks to the festival for showing my work, Ode to an urn.

    April 2019
  • I truly enjoyed this festival... it was informative, fun and I got a great response to my film... everything was well run and went smoothly... I even got to take an amazing improv acting class... there was so much to do as far as classes, networking and activities... everyone was so welcoming... kudos Matt...!!!

    April 2019
  • JayV Simmons


    April 2019