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New York World Film Festival 2021

Due to covid-19 pandemic NYWFF 2021 took place online from April 30th to May 2nd, 2021.

NYWFF Award Winners 2021

Best Narrative Short - Inhale, dir. Nasser Zamiri


Best Documentary Short - The Romey Lynchings: A Story of Lebanese Immigrants, dir.Josh Sabey


Best Experimental Short - Dirt, dir. Helanius J. Wilkins, Roma Flowers

Best Student Film - Midnight Movie: Magnum Opus, dir. Myriam Khammassi

Honorable Mention (Student) - Coming to Light, dir. Hector Bell

Best Micro Short - Amparo’s Offerings, dir. Leonel Chee

Honorable Mention (Mirco Short) - Convergence, dir. Samuel G. Davey

Best First-Time Director - Shimmer Summer, dir. Tong Mao

Best Young Director (18 y.o. and under) -  Captive, dir. Philippe Vanasse-Paquet

NYWFF Nominations 2021

Narrative Short 

In the Company of Crows  - Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid

The Way To Snow - Fong Win

Inhale - Nasser Zamiri

The Set-Up - Malika Pellicioli

Experimental Short 

Dirt  - Helanius J. Wilkins, Roma Flowers

Bella - Sarah Stolar, Seth D. Meyers

Shivering wall - Tseng Yu Chin

Student Short

Empty Spaces - Clara Stephanie Schieber Lorenes

Midnight Movie : Magnum Opus - Myriam Khammassi

Coming to Light - Hector Bell

Documentary Short 

The Hill Witches of Nevada County  - Rick Beaty

The Romey Lynchings: A Story of Lebanese Immigrants - Josh Sabey

The River That Flows Both Ways - Kirk Muir Horton, Brendan P. Davis

Micro Short 


The Assassination of a Man - Daniel Riser

Convergence - Samuel G. Davey

Amparo’s Offerings - Leonel Chee

First-Time Director

Shimmer Summer - Tong Mao

Let the World go on Sleeping - Michael Charles Slavich

Young Directors
(18 y.o. and Under)

Distortion (Verzerrung) - Samuel J Punto

CAPTIVE - Philippe Vanasse-Paquet

PIMPLES - Jack Kendall

NYWFF Official Selections 2021

Narrative Short 

Matty Boy  - Dr Shahid Kamal

Frank - Luna Alaina

Double Exposure - Daryl Getman

Horn - Ghasideh Golmakani

Experimental Short 

ONE1  - Annie Y. Hui

Planet M in Outer Space - Peter Meng

Anxiety 0.60 - Vicente Mínguez Muñoz

"Realeyes" - Mimi Garrard

Student Short 

Double Protection - Jacqui Bril Ruberto

Mammoth - Jiamin Huang

Surrendering Nina - Jeremy Jung

Sempiternal - Maya Alfreds

Documentary Short 

Reclamation: The Rise at Standing Rock  - Michele Noble

Slick Willy - Derek Goulet

REYNA - Stella Franceskides

SFUMATO - Amirali Mirderikvand


Micro Short 

THE PEN - Jack Hsu

Do Geese See God - Natalie Theron

First-Time Director

Ritornato - Michael Cavalieri

Cacti and Weed - Zoe Ho

Help Me, Please - Sergio Muñoz Esquer

Young Directors
(18 y.o. and Under)

Death By Handshake - Hudson Flynn

The Humanity Test - Samuel Mitchell, Lily Kaplan

Her Rising in Grace - Sebastian Alexandre, Essence Bishop

NYWFF Jury 2020


Dina Emam

Named one of Variety's 10 Producers to Watch in 2018, Dina Emam is an Egyptian-American film producer and educator working between New York and Cairo.

Her first feature, Yomeddine, had its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in the Main Competition where it was awarded the Prix François Chalais. Yomeddine was also chosen as Egypt’s submission for the 91st Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Emam is currently a participant of the 2020 Creative Producer Indaba program for African producers (developed by Realness Institute in partnership with Sundance Institute, International Film Festival Rotterdam and EAVE).

In addition to producing, she teaches filmmaking/producing workshops and masterclasses for aspiring filmmakers in the US, the Middle East and Africa.

For International Women’s Day 2020, Emam was named a Female Champion of Change by the Canadian and Swedish embassies in Egypt for her outstanding achievement and contribution in building a stronger Egypt.

Prior to becoming a film producer, Emam worked in television market research and production management at MTV Networks in New York City. She also worked on Hulu’s Emmy-nominated miniseries The Looming Tower.

Emam holds a BS from New York University's Stern School of Business in Marketing and International Business with a specialization in Entertainment, Media and Technology and an MFA from Columbia University's School of the Arts in Creative Producing with advanced study in Screenwriting.

She has previously served as an AmeriCorps volunteer.

Vivian Rivas

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Born in Guatemala. Always wanted to study film, but only traditional careers were offered at  the local Universities. Graduated as an Architect and worked independently for a few years. After working in “The Silence of Neto” by director Luis Argueta, she moves to New York to work  in his production company Morningside Movies. 

Later on, she becomes a freelance script supervisor and freelance camera person. At 54, she gets her Masters degree in Documentary Filmmaking from City College. Her first  short and thesis film “Ebb Tide” has been accepted in more than 14 festivals around the world  and has won several awards. Currently, she in post-production of her first feature  documentary film “Obfuscation” that talks about women demanding justice for young victims of  torture under the care of the government. 

Her goal is to write and direct documentaries about regular people going through unexpected  journeys.

Talia Smith


A filmmaker born and raised in South Africa. Her country’s rich heritage inspired her storytelling aspirations from a young age. At 18 she followed her dreams and studied Film & TV at NYU’s Tisch School of the arts.


She has focussed her filmmaking career on true stories- highlighting ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Inspired by resilience and joy in the face of adversity, many of her films have thus far been centered around South African and Female lead narratives.


Her latest film UMAMA was shortlisted for a student BAFTA and received the Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards.

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