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
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    Danae Grandison

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

    January 2018
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    Jeremiah Kipp

    A remarkable festival with excellent programming in a great venue.

    October 2017
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    Caroline Stucky

    Had a great time at the screening. All the films were great and the venue is amazing.

    April 2017