The New York World Film Festival is an annual event, where both emerging and established filmmakers from all over the world come together and showcase their work in the heart of New York City.


The Festival focuses specifically on short films of different genres (narrative, documentary, experimental and micro), which makes it a unique platform for artists to get noticed and meet their peers. A special “18 and under” category allows young voices to get their foot in the door and kickstart their career in filmmaking. 

The New York World Film Festival is an event with screenings, Q&As, networking events, meet-and-greets and non-stop celebration of the art of short film!

New York World Film Festival 2021

Our Team

Dasha Khritankova, Co-Founder, Director

Dasha Khritankova is a producer, screenwriter and director, originally from Siberia, Russia.

She is currently based in New York City.


Dasha’s films have been received with success at various film festivals across the globe and earned multiple awards and nominations, such as Best First-Time Filmmaker and Best Technical Achievement Award.


Dasha holds a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from CUNY – the City College of New York. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in TV & Video Production, with a minor in Film Studies, from Iona College.


Currently, Dasha is working as a freelance Producer and Assistant Director on both feature and short films. She’s also in the pre-production stage of her next short film, and is diligently working on writing her debut feature. 

Hani Saqr, Co-Founder, Director

Hani Saqr is an Egyptian-American screenplay writer, film producer, and film professor based in New York City.

Saqr was born in Cairo, Egypt. He carries a BA from Cairo University and an MFA from the City College of New York where he currently teaches filmmaking.

Saqr is a pioneer of the independent cinema movement in Egypt. He has produced numerous award-winning full-length feature films that have premiered and screened in prestigious international film festivals such as Toronto, Cannes, London, and so many more.