Celebrating 31 years of the Raindance Film Festival, The Raindance New York Open Shorts Night is a short film screening event, where filmmakers have the chance to screen their short films in front of an audience of fellow indie filmmakers and film enthusiasts in New York City!

From experienced film professionals to beginners, everyone is welcome to submit their films in our Open Shorts Night.

Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Horror/Thriller Short

1. All short films are screened Raindance New York staff members and volunteers
2. All filmmakers that are selected will receive free admission for themselves & a plus one.
3. All filmmakers must register in advance.
4. One film per filmmaker per Open Shorts Night.
5. All genres are accepted.
6. A representative/crew member from your film must be present at the screening to introduce your film or your film will not be screened.
7. Films with longer running times (6 to 10 minutes) are still considered.
8. Your place at the screening event is not guaranteed until you have sent us a copy of the film, and we confirmed its addition to the screening queue.
9. If we like your film but can’t fit it into the selected screening slot, we’ll offer you another slot on another date.
10. We only receive films in either .MP4 or .MOV formats (Ideally MP4.)
11. Raindance Film Festival, Raindance New York, and its assigns reserve the right to decide whether or not to screen any particular film.
12. Rules and Terms are subject to change.