The 2021 Nihilist International Film Festival announced that it is looking for short videos for this year’s program. Festival Director Elisha Shapiro says, “It’s the Nihilist Film Festival for god’s sake. Heresy, tastelessness, offensiveness…you get the idea. We’re looking for that film other festival are afraid of.” If you are a filmmaker who wants to be part of the fun, Shapiro hopes you will send your entry to the twentieth edition of the Nihilist Film Festival. The festival will be presented in December in Los Angeles.

Modest prizes will be awarded, thanks to a grant from the Cactus Foundation. “The judges are capricious, but if you can make then laugh at the pointness suffering and idiocy of our species, you’re on the right track.” explained Shapiro. Submissions must be shorter than 30 minutes. The deadline for entries is September 15.

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  • thankyou for showing my film Bench:)

    January 2021
  • Michael Petry

    A great festival in a very difficult year! We were so pleased to be selected for this - and would have loved to have attended had that been possible.

    December 2020
  • A really cool, edgy festival for the films that other fests are too afraid to play. Elisha did a really great job hosting this year while having to do it online. They also send you really swag afterwards despite not having a live event in 2020. Perhaps they can explore a way to network with the other filmmakers in the future.

    December 2020
  • Amanda Graeff

    One of the coolest festivals I have had the privilege of being apart of!!

    January 2020
  • flo p

    My film was chosen but unfortunately I was unable to attend. Elisha was super communicative and mailed us all a bunch of awesome goodies as a souvenir. very cool! hope to make it out for the next one!

    December 2019