Film Festival in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria NY
Films are screened in the famous Kaufman Astoria Studios, at Heart of Gold Bar in Astoria, and Online via the festival's YouTube Channel throughout the month of October 2021.

Includes the regular festival, a Halloween Horror Film Festival, a Dance Film Special Session, and the Astoria Youth Film Festival for filmmakers 18 & Under

In 2021, we are adding FEATURE FILMS & PODCASTS to the submissions

For more information visit

The Zukor Award
(named after Kaufman Astoria Studios' founder, is awarded to a film that brings positive attention to an underrepresented topic or group)
Best Feature Film
Best Drama Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Dance Short
Best Horror Short
Best Quarantine Short
Best Youth Short (ages 14-18)
Best Drama Web Series
Best Comedy Web Series
Best Documentary Web Series
Best Podcast
Best Lead Performance
Best Supporting Performance
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Editing
Audience Awards (4)
Honorable Mention (4)

Submissions for shorts no longer than 20 mins in length (30 mins for documentaries and 90 for features)

*To be sure that your films/web series are accessible to everyone, please include closed captioning.

For Web Series and Podcasts, please submit only ONE episode of the series that you think captures the essence of the series.

Drama Short
Comedy Short
Documentary Short
Experimental Short
Dance Short
Youth Short
Drama Web Series
Comedy Web Series
Documentary Web Series
Experimental Web Series
Feature Films (all genres)

Overall Rating
  • Shidan Majidi

    The huge heart and passion that Founder, Nina Fiore, has dedicated to this Festival has created a community spirit that serves to empower and inspire all of us who had the pleasure of being a part of this great journey and celebration of film. Thank you Astoria Film Festival for this exceptional experience and can't wait to do it again soon!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    You are a LOVE and I am honored to know you and have seen your work. Thank you for being a part of the festival, and I hope to see much more of you in the years to come. Thank you!!

  • Judy Copeland

    We really loved this festival. Nina, the founder, was warm, very communicative, and made the filmmakers feel like they were family. You don't find this sense of community at every film festival so it felt very special. We saw some excellent films at a great theatre as well as online. I would jump at the chance to screen at the Astoria Film Festival again.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Judy! For your brilliant film and for your participation in the festival. It was wonderful to meet you and your team, and I hope to see more of you in the future and to keep in touch in general.

  • Pablo Velez

    Excellent festival! We were proud to have two of our projects selected and look forward to participating again in the future. All were welcoming and accommodating.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Pablo!! We love your work and it was a pleasure to have you be a part of the festival. Thank you!!

  • Great Pleasure and Honor to be a part of Astoria Film Festival! Communication always very punctual and kind from the Staff. Wonderful filmmaking and social network experience. Special Mention for Nina Fiore! Grazie!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Grazie Vittorio! It was an honor to have you and your film as a part of the festival. Thank you very much for submitting and for being such a great participant.

  • Michael Fodera

    The team behind this festival truly care about the filmmakers and the films they create. The festival fosters an amazing environment for networking and discussion while celebrating all of the perks of Astoria, Queens.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    You’re as wonderful as your filmmaking, and that’s a top compliment. Thank you so much for being a part of the festival!! Your work is amazing and you’re the best!!