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
  • Jay Russell

    Had a great time and was very happy to be included in this festival. Communication was great though sadly because of rain and no shows we had a fairly small house that evening. We got notice that we could have more tix but it was day of and too late to get anyone there. Other than that though it was a lovely group of people and a diverse selection of films.

    October 2019
  • Johnny Cannizzaro

    Melissa and the entire team at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation NY offices were incredibly helpful, kind and accommodating to us. We were so appreciative to have the opportunity to screen our film, THE OBITUARY, at the SAG Short Film Showcase. It was a very memorable evening full of great films. It was also nice to share our work with fellow SAG-AFTRA members at the beautiful Robin Williams Center right on Broadway. Love the foundation! Thank you for all that you do!! :)

    October 2019
  • Lauren Sowa

    We had a wonderful time screening our short film 'Marisol' at the Foundation. Communication was wonderful, and they allowed us to bring 5 guests, which was perfect for the size of our cast. The Q&A was well moderated, and the audience was respectful and generous. Proud to have screened for and with my union! Thank you, SAG-AFTRA Foundation!

    October 2019
  • Alberto Ferreras

    A wonderful event! Loved the Q&A portion!

    May 2019
  • Lukas Hassel

    What an incredible event! Beautiful screening facility, full house with actors and industry, and a great q and a with all the filmmakers. Everyone working at the event knows who you are and are excited about your film being selected. I highly recommend submitting here if you have used SAG/Aftra actors in your film.

    April 2019