Rhino Comedy Shorts Film Festival is hosted in Suffern, NY. The festival focuses on showcasing short comedy films to help promote both local filmmakers as well as bring outside filmmakers to the area. Suffern, New York and Rockland County is conveniently located Northwest of New York City and right over the border from New Jersey, offering a perfect location for filmmakers and comedians to meet and collaborate.

​We will have a one day film festival of comedy short films (under 10 minutes each). The festival will start with a networking event; then after each film block, will be a Q&A with the filmmakers. The end of the night will have an awards ceremony, where trophies will be presented to the award winners.

Trophies will be presented to the award winners.


1. RCSFF competition is open to the United States and International entries.
2. Screenplays must be in pdf, rtf, or txt format. Any other format might be disqualified (without refund).
3. Short films must submit online preview screeners.
4. Films must be under 10 minutes, otherwise they will be disqualified [without refund]. Screenplays must be under 10 pages, otherwise they will be disqualified [without refund].
5. Foreign language entries must have English language subtitles.
6. Entries must have been completed in the past 5 years.
7. Applicants may submit as many entries as they wish, as long as each entry has a separate entry form and fee.
8. Any physical materials mailed in, must be labeled with submitter contact information. All emails must include the name of your film.
9. Any materials mailed in, will not be returned to the submitters.
10. RCSFF has the right to screen any film or projects submitted to the RCSFF. RCSFF does not pay screening fees.
11. In order to receive any award trophy, the project's producer or director must be present.
12. If [a film is] officially selected, it is the responsibility of the submitter to send the festival their film in digital format, as requested by festival.
13. All decisions made by the festival are final and at their discretion.

Overall Rating
  • Tom Walsh

    Great collection of short films and made us feel super welcome. Everyone was nice and friendly and the venue is just a quick hop, skip and a jump away from New York City. Would love to attend again in years to come.

    April 2024
  • Inclusive Musical

    This was a very cute festival. Really good people, positive vibes, a nice chance to network. Trophies and a step and repeat to make the filmmakers feel fancy. Thanks Rhino!

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being part of the festival. We are looking forward to seeing more of your great work.

  • This was my 2nd time going to Rhino in person (third if you count the virtual year) and it was a blast. A lot of great films, good networking opportunities, and good communication from the festival. Will definitely submit my next comedy.

    May 2023
  • sidonie morvan

    Happy to be part of nominated ! Nice festival ;-)

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being part of our festival.

  • Ethan Knecht

    Wonderful festival, great crowd, great communication.

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for submitting and for being there. Take care of your Abs.