Call for Submissions Open Jan 1 2021

Check our IG page for discounts/specials

Film Festival in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria NY
Films are screened in the famous Kaufman Astoria Studios

Includes the regular festival, a Halloween Horror Film Festival, and the Astoria Youth Film Festival for filmmakers 18 & Under

In 2021, we are adding FEATURE FILMS & PODCASTS to the submissions


The Zukor Award
(named after Kaufman Astoria Studios' founder, is awarded to a film that brings positive attention to an underrepresented topic or group)
Best Feature Film
Best Drama Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Dance Short
Best Horror Short
Best Quarantine Short
Best Youth Short (ages 14-18)
Best Drama Web Series
Best Comedy Web Series
Best Documentary Web Series
Best Podcast
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Editing
Audience Awards (4)

Honorable Mention (4)

Rules & Terms

Submissions for shorts no longer than 20 mins in length (30 mins for documentaries)

*To be sure that your films/web series are accessible to everyone, please include closed captioning.

For Web Series and Podcasts, please submit only ONE episode of the series that you think captures the essence of the series.

Drama Short
Comedy Short
Documentary Short
Experimental Short
Dance Short
Youth Short
Drama Web Series
Comedy Web Series
Documentary Web Series
Experimental Web Series
Feature Films (all genres)