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New York Shorts International Film Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unite people through short films. The 11th annual New York Shorts International Film Festival features over 340 short films, special events, talks, retrospectives films, and tributes with honored guests, establishing New York Shorts as one of the finest exhibitions of short films in North America.

The largest short film festival on the East Coast.

A qualifying film festival for the Canadian Screen Awards, presented by The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.


The festival has become a career stepping stone, establishing a tradition of discovering and promoting filmmakers who have gone on to be Academy Award® Nominees.


Previous selections have included:

2021 OSCAR® NOMINEE Animated Short "Affairs of the Art" by Joanna Quinn

2020 OSCAR® WINNER Live-Action Short Film, "The Neighbors" Window" by Marshall Curry wins New York Shorts 'Best of Fest'

2020 OSCAR® NOMINEE Documentary Short Subject The New York Times Op-Docs "Walk Run Cha-Cha" by Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

2019 OSCAR® NOMINEE Animated Short "Animal Behaviour" by Alison Snowden and David Fine

2015 OSCAR® NOMINEE "The Dam Keeper" by Robert Kondo, Daisuke Tsutsumi

2013 Student Academy Award® "A World for Raúl" by Mauro Mueller wins New York Shorts Best Drama

2012 OSCAR® NOMINEE & BAFTA Best Short Animation "A Morning Stroll" by Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe

2012 World premiere "Derek" by Ricky Gervais wins New York Shorts Best Comedy and became a popular British television show picked up by Netflix.

NY Shorts believes short-form cinema and its creators should have their own premiere film festival in New York deserving similar recognition given to the feature films and their creators.

The heart of the festival is the quality and scope of extraordinary film programming to enthusiastic audiences in the vibrant filmmaking enclave of New York City.

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