18-22 Oct 2023

Submissions for the 2023 edition are now closed. Please check back next year for festival deadlines.

New York City Short Film Festival (NYC Shorts) proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.


31 March – Early

31 May – Regular

30 June – Late (Final)

​17 September – Notification Date

General Regulations

  • Total Running Time (TRT) including credits, must be under 20 minutes (no exceptions, unfortunately)
  • ​All foreign language films must be subtitled in English (subtitles should be burnt-in to the video)
  • ​If you are submitting an online screener through Vimeo or a similar site, please include the link and password (if necessary)
  • ​All films selected for the festival grant NYC Shorts the right to use no more than 2 minutes of footage and press materials from the film for promotional purposes
  • ​By submitting, you are agreeing to allow NYC Shorts to retain a digital copy of your film (if officially selected) as part of our festival library and for media educational use.


19th ​New York City Short Film Festival