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We strongly encourage you to read the rules carefully before submitting.

By submitting your project, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to all of the following rules and terms.




We accept short films from all over the world.


We accept short films, no longer than 30 minutes long (including credits) for short film categories, and under 5 minutes long (including credits) for the micro short film category.


We do not require premieres.


Each film may be entered into the competition only once. You may submit multiple projects as long as they meet the submission criteria.


You can submit your film to one of the following categories (please, choose the one that suits your film best):

Narrative short – fictional films of any genre, under 30 minutes long.

Documentary short - documentary films of any genre, under 30 minutes long.

Micro short film – fictional, experimental or documentary film of any genre, under 5 min long.

Experimental film – any art that doesn’t follow traditional narrative format, under 30 minutes long.
Student Film – fictional, documentary or experimental film of any genre, completed by an undergraduate or graduate student, under 30 minutes long.
First-Time Filmmaker - any type or genre, must be first or second film for the director, under 30 minutes long.

18 and under – any type or genre, created by a filmmaker under 18 years old, under 30 minutes long.

All non-English films must be submitted with English subtitles. Failure to provide working subtitles will result disqualification without refund of submission fees.


All projects must be uploaded directly to FilmFreeway or submitted as a password protected Vimeo link attached to your submission. We do not accept DVD or Blue-ray submissions or links via email. The films must be available to stream; any films that must be downloaded will be disqualified.


Work in progress is accepted, however your submission should be clearly marked as work in progress or a rough cut.


All submission fees are to be paid through FilmFreeway. The submission fee is non-refundable.

The New York World Film Festival reserves the right to reject any submission without explaining the reason. 




The New York World Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES for submitted and selected films. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that The New York World Film Festival will not pay to present your work.



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