​New York City Short Film Festival


The NEW YORK CITY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (NYC SHORTS) is an international short film festival dedicated to the short form. In 2020, NYC SHORTS will celebrate its 16th annual edition. The festival screenings will once again take place at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space, a storied arts and film venue in Manhattan. 

NYC SHORTS is a juried festival with winners in each of seven categories:  Drama Short, Comedy Short, Documentary Short, Animation Short, LGBT Short, Foreign Language Short and Student Short.  The audience votes for its favorite film in each screening for the audience awards.  In our 16-year history, we have screened shorts from all over the world and had filmmakers in attendance from the US, UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Israel, Canada, Italy and more.  Attending filmmakers participate in a post-screening Q&A and network with other filmmakers and industry guests at our after-party.  Our Official Selections have gone on to screen at Sundance, Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand and many other important film events.  In 2007, the animated short The Danish Poet won the Academy Award for Animated Short after it had its New York premiere at our festival in 2006.  In 2018, our Best Foreign Language Short May Day had its US Premiere at our festival and was later short-listed (top ten) for the 2019 Academy Award.  Madre, our 2018 Best Drama Short was nominated for the 2019 Academy Award in the live-action category.

The festival was founded in 2005 by filmmakers David Barba, James Pellerito and Jennifer Pellerito.

2020 Festival Programming Team

Hope Chang
Haley Grissett
Adam Heckman
Jake McClain
Kamryn Olds
Murphy Powell
Rachel Singh
Presley West
Tianyu Yang

24-25 Oct 2020