The 2019 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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Overall Rating
  • Great communication from Elisha Shapiro.
    I wasn't able to be there but he kindly kept in touch with everyone, and we received a certificate, program and calendar for the upcoming year. That's sweet.

    December 2018
  • Stephen Stull

    Great fest for us weirdos! Sadly, I wasn't able to attend, but the show runner sent me a program, a certificate, and a sweet nihilist wall calendar. Strongly recommend!

    December 2018
  • David Bornstein

    Such a fun time! The Echo Park Film Center makes for a cozy and cool venue, Elisha makes the whole event warm and so much fun, and the programming chokeful of wonderful weirdness. Thanks for having us!!

    December 2017
  • Ahhh. This Festival. I couldn't make it because I'm on the east coast and I work but....these lunatics sent me a care package that had the program, a calendar, certificate and a CHECK for more money then I paid for submission. Hilarious!! Good communication - solid.

    December 2017
  • Nathan Wold

    Great Festival! Elisha Shapiro is the best!

    January 2017