The Lower East Side Film Festival aims to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience through amazing events, neighborhood engagement, free industry panels, awesome screenings, and the best and brightest up and coming filmmaking talent.

Post-Fest, The Lower East Side Film Festival works with our in-house Sales Agent to try and secure distribution for our screened Features, Shorts, and Music Videos.


The Lower East Side Film Festival will award films in the following categories:

Best Feature Film
Best Live Action Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Music Video
LESFF Audience Award
LESFFNeighborhood Award
Best of Fest – The LESFF Prix D’Or

I. Certification of Film Entrant: A. I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows: B. I have read, understand and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements; C. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true; D. The Feature, Short, Documentary, or Other Media I am submitting as my entry is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation; E. I am duly authorized to submit this Production to the Festival; F. I hold The LES Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print(s) or tape(s) or media en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival; G. I hold the LES Film Festival harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry; H. I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the Production; I. I give permission for the LES Film Festival to use excerpts of up to three minutes of the Production for promotional purposes; J. I give permission for the LES Film Festival to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the Production for promotional purposes; K. I give permission for the LES Film Festival to screen the Production at the LES Film Festival event as well as at ancillary Festival presentations, programs, and/or events; L. I own or have authorization to all necessary copyrights and licenses; (If requested) will be able to provide model/actor release verification if requested; will be able to provide music, product and other copyright licensing verification if requested. As the Submitter/Producer, I agree to take on all copyright liability in regard to submitted film. M. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into LES Film Festival or other LES Film Festival Events.
II. Film Submissions A. SUBMISSION FORMAT: All Festival submissions should be sent via a Web Link. B. SUBMISSION LENGTH AND GENRE: we accept all forms and genres that would be deemed within a G, PG, PG-13, R, or NC-17. (1) Short form submissions are those under forty-five (45) minutes. (2) Long form (feature length) submissions are those forty-five (45) minutes and over in length C. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. D. MULTIPLE ENTRIES are allowed, however a separate entry form and fee shall be submitted for each. E. PRODUCER / FILMMAKER / COPYRIGHTS: Submitter (filmmaker or producer) will be referred to as “Producer or Submitter.” Producer must own all copyrights; must be able to provide music, product and other copyright licensing verification if requested. Producer agrees to take on all copyright liability in regard to submitted film. F. SUBMISSION DEADLINES: Submissions with postmarks prior to and after these will not qualify for entry into the Festival. G. ENTRY FEES: Entry fees are non-refundable. If your entry fee is not received with or prior to your submission, your entry may be deemed disqualified at the discretion of the LES Film Festival. H. PREMIERE/DISTRIBUTION STATUS: We accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere; submissions may have distribution agreements already in place. I. LOSS OR DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to prevent damage to materials while in the possession of the Festival. J. LES FILM FESTIVAL MARKETING: By submitting, Producer is consenting for use and copying of accepted projects for the purpose of promoting the LES Film Festival. Producer is giving LES Film Festival permission to use up to three minutes of submission to promote the Festival. K. LES FILM FESTIVAL EXHIBITION AND SCREENING: By submitting, if chosen as an official selection, Producer is hereby granting permission for the LES Film Festival to exhibit Producer’s submission in the LES Film Festival Event. III. General Waiver Guidelines A. General. By entering this Contest, entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Festival. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. B. By entering the Festival, entrants release, waive any claims with regard to, and hold harmless the promoter and the host from and against any and all claims of any kind that are or could be asserted with respect to any matter relating to the festival. Entrants further agree to indemnify, defend and hold the promoter and host harmless from any and all damages, liabilities, fees and cost incurred in defending against any third party claims or threats of claims asserted against promoter and/or host arising from any entrant’s participation in or conduct associated with the Festival. C. Nonperformance of any party shall be excused to the extent that performance is rendered impossible by strike, fire, flood, earthquakes, war, governmental acts or orders or restrictions, or any other reason where failure to perform is beyond the reasonable control, and not caused by the negligence of, the nonperforming party. Governing Law and Waiver of Damages. The Festival and these Official Rules are governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, United States of America, without regards to its principles of conflicts of law. For any dispute not subject to arbitration according to the above, entrant agrees to personal jurisdiction by the federal and state courts located in New York County, New York, United States of America, and waives any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such courts. D. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby irrevocably waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in the Contest), and entrant further irrevocably waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. E. Privacy. Information submitted in connection with the Contest will be treated in accordance with these Official Rules and the Site’s Privacy Policy, provided that in the event of any conflict between these Official Rules and such Privacy Policy, the terms and conditions of these Official Rules shall prevail. All Contestants and Team Members hereby acknowledge and agree that Promoter will have access to some or all of their personally identifiable information, including but not limited to registration information collected by the Host.

Overall Rating
  • allison argo

    Loved this festival! Brilliant location and the theater was perfect (Village East Cinema). Loved that there was a short reception before our screening. Also really enjoyed seeing a few of the other films. The shorts & writer's panel (in collaboration with WGAE) was excellent! More please ♥ Smart, kind team running the festival. Keep up the great work, LES! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share our work in a fun and dignified setting!

    June 2019
  • Really enjoyed our time at the Lower East Side Film Festival. It's location was right in the middle of everything we wanted to see and do in NYC. The staff was super friendly and accommodating, and very well organized. I felt like I always knew what was going on. Really enjoyed meeting the other filmmakers as well and seeing some of the other films. Plan to submit all future films here as well!

    June 2018
  • Laura Moss

    Best curated shorts I've seen. Often times the shorts portions of festivals are only attended by the filmmakers and their friends. The way these blocks are put together make them enjoyable for strangers of the street. Not too long + always original + alcohol make it my favorite festival, and not just because I'm a Lower East Sider. Love you guys.

    June 2018
  • Fredric Lehne

    This is a real good festival. Certainly one of the best in the city. Solid films. Well attended. Well run. The Sunshine Cinema on Houston will be no more, alas. Hopefully, the LESFF will find someplace just as great, and continue to grow as they deserve. Well done.

    June 2017
  • Adam Brown

    The curation of films in our short block was incredibly solid. Truly enjoyed the films and the filmmakers I got to meet. Great venues -open bars at every screening and event. Super filmmaker friendly. I would totally submit again and again.

    June 2017