The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s New York Short Film Showcase is a cinematic celebration of new projects by union performers, designed to encourage performers to create their own short films and web series.

Held twice a year, in March and September, the showcase features a shorts program, followed by a Q&A with the films’ directors, producers and actors present at the screening.


We are no longer taking submissions by mail. Please submit your short or single webisode electronically via Only ONE webisode per series is permitted. NO DOCUMENTARIES.


All entries MUST be produced under a SAG-AFTRA Short Film or SAG-AFTRA New Media contract. Filmmakers MUST provide the project’s SAG-AFTRA production number. For questions regarding your production number please call the SAG-AFTRA office at 323-954-1600.

Entries must be completed projects, and not run more than 20 minutes, including credits – no exceptions.

We are accepting shorts and webisodes from filmmakers currently residing in the states listed below. Please be sure to indicate the filmmaker's current state residence when prompted.

Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

If you submitted to the Los Angeles SAG-AFTRA Foundation showcase, you are ineligible to submit to the New York showcase.

Previously submitted films are eligible for re-submission.

Multiple entries will be accepted, but must be individually submitted.

Overall Rating
  • Romina Schwedler

    One of my favorite screening experiences ever. What an honor to be included in such a tight, high level lineup. The Q&A was top notch, the venue simply perfect, communication was great, and a wonderful networking opportunity.

    October 2018
  • Aimiende Negbenebor Sela

    What an amazing experience!! So honored to have had my short film, A Day in the Life of Who, screen in this year's showcase. The venue is state of the art, the welcome was just great, the Q & A was amazing. All around, a great experience for me, my cast and crew, and my dad :) Thank you so much!

    August 2018
  • Pearl Gluck

    Really enjoyed this screening. The evening was a great mix of short films with a discussion following featuring actors and directors in a beautiful space. Highly recommend!

    July 2018
  • Pulkit Datta

    This was a great experience! Right from the initial selection and communications, the organizers made me and my film feel special. Leading up to the screening, the organizers were great about being available and answering any questions. The screening itself was great - a very good turnout, lots of interest, and an enjoyable Q&A afterwards. I would totally recommend this to other filmmakers.

    April 2018
  • Danae Grandison

    I really enjoyed the festival and the panel discussion with my esteemed colleagues.

    January 2018