New York Monthly Film Festival is an established IMDb-verified event that is now open to short films from filmmakers around the world. If you have a compelling story to tell, an innovative vision to share, or a captivating short film to showcase, this is your opportunity to shine on one of the most prestigious stages in the world of cinema. Join us as we embark on a cinematic journey filled with inspiration, creativity, and the magic of storytelling.

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At the New York Film Festival, we believe in the power of diverse storytelling. We celebrate films that challenge conventions, provoke emotions, and leave a lasting impact on audiences. We embrace stories from different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives, as they enrich our collective understanding of the human experience. We encourage filmmakers from all walks of life to submit their work and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of cinematic excellence.

We invite filmmakers of all backgrounds, genres, and styles to submit their films for consideration. Whether you’re an established professional or an emerging talent, we are eager to discover your unique voice and celebrate your creative vision. Don’t miss this chance to showcase your work to a global audience and make your mark on the New York Film Festival.

-- The structure of your festival

The deadline for submissions is the end of each month. After the submission period concludes, our expert panel of judges will meticulously review each film, evaluating its artistic merit, narrative strength, and technical proficiency. The process is as follows:
- Each judge selects top ten films in their view. These films will be given "Official Selection" status.
- All judges will review all of the selected films and give a score from 1 to 10. The selected films will be announced in due course.
- The film with highest score in each category will be the winner. The top five films will be finalists.
- The winners of each month will be invited to the physical event where their projects will be displayed in the physical festival.
Please note that while the selections are monthly, the event will happen only when there are enough attendees (25, including judges and winners).

- Official Selection: Any entry that is selected by one judge will be considered "Official Selection". They will receive official laurels from FilmFreeway and can add their title as "nomination" on IMDb.
- Finalists: They will receive official laurels from FilmFreeway (finalist), named on the website, and can add their title as "nomination" on IMDb.
- Winner: Each month's winners will receive recognition on the FilmFreeway, the official website, and IMDb. The final pick will be based on all critics' anonymous ratings.

- Films must have been completed in the past 3 years.
- Entry fees are non-refundable since our programmers need to evaluate each project twice.
- Online screening is optional in the seasonal competition, and it has to be requested by the producer and is not mandatory for entering various sections of the competition due to premiere status of projects.
- The applicant holds the sole responsibility of copyright clearance of any copyrighted material in the film.