’s Online New England Film Festival is an online film festival that runs between the day after Labor Day in September through mid-October each year on the website Founded in 2009, the festival features New England short (under 30-minute) films in all genres—drama, comedy, thriller, documentary, horror, animation, music video, family, experimental, and sci-fi. We welcome films by all filmmakers, especially those from under-represented groups including people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ filmmakers!

All screenings are online only, but we typically host a private invite-only networking event for filmmakers.

***2021 Festival Notes***

The Online New England Film Festival will be on hiatus in 2021. In place of our festival, we will be hosting a retrospective of some of our best past films from the festivals over the past decade plus. Film free to reach out if you have questions.

Jury award prizes are chosen by festival staff, and audience award prizes are determined by number of views in categories such as animation, documentary, drama, comedy, etc.

All films featured in the festival:

* Must have a local connection to New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), meaning that it was filmed there, a cast/crew lives or lived there or was educated in New England. Ask your cast & crew—you can often find an unexpected connection!

* Must be under 30 minutes.

Overall Rating
  • Thank You for letting us be a part of your festival!

    November 2020
  • Chloe Gardiner

    I enjoyed attending the festival this year. Communication between the festival and myself was great. The virtual platform allowed me to see all the films selected.

    November 2020
  • Jacob Ehrlich

    Great festival! Such an honor to be a part of it.

    October 2020
  • Michele and the festival staff are fantastic and bring together a quality collection of New England related short films. And is a great resource for filmmakers all year long!

    October 2020
  • Jim Ford

    Pumped my short film, Small World was a part of this festival.
    Quality films and a really well run event

    October 2020