A celebration of cinematic marvels that doesn't just showcase emerging directors, but crafts an immersive experience where laughter reigns supreme. Our mission? To curate a symphony of smiles and euphoria through the perfect blend of film, comedy, culinary delights, and music.
In a world saturated with mundane routines and everyday sorrows, Smiles offers a sanctuary where worries dissipate and grins take center stage.
We're not just another film screening; we're a vibrant carnival of happiness, where each frame on the screen is a brushstroke in our masterpiece of mirth.
Imagine strolling through a bustling marketplace of flavors, where gourmet treats tease your taste buds and artisanal crafts dazzle your senses. Picture yourself belly-laughing alongside seasoned comedians, their wit weaving through the air like a tapestry of joy.
At Smiles, we're not afraid to break the mold of traditional art exhibits. Instead, we embrace a lighter, more playful approach to the world of film, infusing it with the infectious energy of a carnival midway. Here, every ticket is a passport to a world where happiness knows no bounds.
Join us under the luminous canopy of our social roof, where film, comedy, food, vendors, and music converge in a jubilant dance of collective euphoria. Let Smiles be your gateway to a modern-day wonderland where the only currency is laughter and the only dress code is a smile.

Open to filmmakers in the tri-state area 

All Filmmakers must send a representative to attend the event. If your party is unable to attend you must send a video in your place. Otherwise, your film will not be selected.

All Filmmakers must intake in a brief interview before the event date.

All films that are not in English must have English language subtitles. 

All films must be under 20 minutes

By submitting you give us the right to screen your film at our event

We may ask you to provide marketing material (posters, trailer, stills) from your project, for the promotion of the event.

Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any work submitted. 

By submitting you agree to our terms and conditions and give us permission to use your email address for marketing purposes. Your information will never be shared with 3rd parties.

Due to the venues policy this year all attendees must be 21 years and older.

Overall Rating
  • It was a dope festival; I enjoyed myself.

    August 2022
  • Thank you to Smiles Film Festival for the wonderful, easy-going communication from submission through event, all your support and enthusiasm for a relaxing cinema experience in NY, and for selecting our film "Daydream // The Love Project" for your 7th Edition. We are so honored and grateful to screen with your film festival, and connect with your community there. Hope you meet you all one day! Thank you so much!

    August 2021
  • Michael Manese

    Thank you for selecting my short film to your festival. It is an honor and a privilege to be screened. I look forward to submitting my next project. Thank you!

    August 2020