The 2023 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 at Highways Performance space in Santa Monica on December 15.

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.

shorter than 30 minutes

Overall Rating
  • Fantastic collection of offbeat films put together by an offbeat character. We were honored to be selected.

    January 2024
  • It was a pleasure to end this year of videopoetry broadcasting with the Nihilist Film Festival. I would have liked to celebrate the arrival of the end of the world in Los Angeles with you! Thank you for the great organization and the impeccable communications... and for the calendar! A reference for the next year!

    January 2023
  • Neil Needleman

    It was an honor to be part of the Nihilist Film Festival with my video "Tar Beach Revelation." Though I wasn't able to attend the live event, I appreciate the fact that the entire show was made available online. This was one of the most interesting compilations of videos/movies that I've seen in quite a while.

    January 2023
  • Thanks for showing 'Covid Love' on your super cool & fun festival!

    December 2022
  • The Nihilist Film Festival was wonderful to be a part of. Elisha does a great job of communicating and working with the Official Selections. Thanks!

    December 2022