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Astoria Film Festival 2023

FESTIVAL 2024 - the youth festival and main festival - will take place JUNE 1 and 2 at Kaufman Astoria Studios and June 1-30 Online

Submissions can be made beginning OCT 1 via FILMFREEWAY.COM/ASTORIAFILMFESTIVAL

  • October 1, 2023

    Opening Date

  • December 31, 2023


  • March 1, 2024

    Regular Deadline

  • April 1, 2024


  • May 1, 2024

    Last Minute

  • May 5, 2024

    Notification Date

  • June 1 – 2, 2024

    Event Date

  • There are separate prizes for filmmakers in the Youth Festival and Main Festival.

  • They include: 
    Grand Jury Prize 
    The Zukor Award 
    Best Drama Short 
    Best Comedy Short 
    Best Experimental Short 
    Best Documentary Short 
    Best Horror Short 
    Best Dance Short 
    Best Animated Short 
    Best Directing 
    Best Editing 
    Best Cinematography 
    Best Performance

  • Submissions must be made in an mp4 format via FILM FREEWAY ONLY and should contain subtitles as some of our judges are deaf and will not be able to judge otherwise. 
    Please do not email or DM us films. They will not be part of the judged films. 
    Projects should not be more than 2 years old at time of submission. 
    Projects need to have the rights to use included music or use royalty-free music. 
    Projects cannot be screened in any other Queens-based festival in June 2024. 
    Selected projects will need to have captions and be 1080x720 or higher mp4s for screening purposes.

  • Short films: 20 mins or less. 
    Exception: Documentary Shorts can be up to 40 mins.

  • Web Series/TV Pilots - upload only ONE EPISODE, 40 mins or less.

  • Podcasts/Audio Stories will only be screened IN OUR ONLINE FESTIVAL, with an online panel. They will not be screened in person. Upload only ONE EPISODE of your podcast/audio story, 40 mins or less.

  • Returning submitters and Disabled creators - please contact us for a submission discount code. 

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