The Student New York Film Festival is a place where students from across the country and around the world can have their work shown and be able to make long lasting connections. At SNYFF, we are looking for films that are powerful. That move audiences. That evoke emotional responses. That tell captivating stories. That are true cinema. We want to discover emerging student filmmakers and give them a voice. We want to give them an opportunity to get a leg up in a tough industry.

The festival is open to all student filmmakers, not just those in New York. However, the festival is only open to current high school, university, or graduate students. The only exceptions are filmmakers who went to school in New York State.

This will be the inaugural year of SNYFF, and we are so excited to be have screenings at the Mayseles Documentary Center in Harlem.

There will be two screenings on June 10th and 12th, each for an hour. After the screenings there will be networking. The awards will be hosted in an online event on June 16th. (If it's possible this event will be in person)

There will be multiple awards given out:
Best Narrative Film
Best Documentary
Best Animated Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Actress

By submitting to "Narrative Films" you are automatically eligible for Best Director, Actor, and Actress awards.

All films submitted must be in English or have English subtitles. If there are words in another language, those must have subtitles.

Films must have been completed by June of 2021.

All films must be under 40 minutes.

If you are a student, you need to show proof you are a student if selected. If you are a filmmaker who went to school in New York State, you'll need to show proof of that if selected.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Does not have to be a premiere to screen at SNYFF.

No excessive praise for a religion or tone films/music videos.

Filmmakers can submit more than one project