Submissions for the 2021 edition are now closed.

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

31 July – Late

​15 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
  • ​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.


17th ​New York City Short Film Festival

15-17 Oct 2021