New York Short Film Festival

New York's largest festival for short films

Submit a film to NYSFF

Submissions for 2021 are now open!

The 2021 New York Short Film Festival will have space for over 100 short films, music videos and short documentaries. The festival is open to any film in any genre under 50 minutes in length. The festival prioritizes low-budget films of independent spirit and exciting new talent.

Film submissions are preferred via Film Freeway:

If you are unable to use Film Freeway, please contact us on for alternative details.

Note: we only accept digital submissions. We accept no hardcopy submissions. Use FilmFreeway’s in-build secure screeners, or link us to your film on Vimeo.

Deadlines: Early — ending May 4, 2021
Regular  — ending June 10, 2021
Late — ending August 26, 2021

Fees for short films are $25 early, $30 regular, $35 late.

Please send any related press materials, including electronic press kit, and photos to
Our submissions email address is:
We do not accept hard copy submissions, only digital submissions.

The New York Short Film Festival is open to international short films in one of the following categories:
Best Short Film
Best Experimental Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Animated Short
Best Short Short Film
Best Sci-Fi Short Film
Best Horror Short Film
Best Music Video
Best UK Short Film
Best Canadian Short Film
Best International Short Film