Years running: 17 (since 2002)

NYC PictureStart Film Festival

International short film festival.


NYC PictureStart Film Festival (NYCPSFF) showcases short films from all over the world from emerging filmmakers as well as those already established in the industry. Films of all genres are accepted year-round and those chosen for screening competition display a high-level of artistic excellence.

Every June, the NYCPSFF is held for filmmakers to screen film to interact with each other, industry professionals and audience members in a relaxed, social atmosphere. NYCPSFF is the festival where filmmakers feel at home.


Jury awards:

  • Best Short Film,
  • Best Director,
  • Best Cinematographer,
  • Best Actor,
  • Best Actress,
  • Special Jury award

Audience awards: 

  • Favorite Film,
  • Favorite Actor,
  • Favorite Actress

Best Screenplay (not produced)


  • Short films of all genres are accepted. Short films must be less than 30 minutes long, including credits. Digital links for screeners is prefferred.
  • Short film screenplays of all genres are accepted and must be less than 30 pages. Proper screenplay format only.
  • Submissions are to be made via Filmfreeway, Withoutabox.
  • Audio language: original
  • Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Ben Arredondo (Executive Director);
  • Saira Siddiqi (Associate Director). 



United States
New York

Official website



209 Madison Street
New York NY 10002


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    November 08, 2015
  • Earlybird Deadline
    December 28, 2015
  • Regular Deadline
    February 28, 2016
  • Late Deadline
    March 28, 2016
  • Extended Deadline
    April 15, 2016
  • Notifications
    April 28, 2016
  • Event dates
    4 — 7 June 2016
Categories & Fees

Short films of all genres, 30 minutes or less.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $27
  • Regular Deadline — $32
  • Late Deadline — $36
  • Extended Deadline — $41

NYCPSFF accepts short film screenplays of all genres, 30 pages or less, in proper format. Screenplay finalists will be read live on stage to start each screening night.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $23
  • Regular Deadline — $27
  • Late Deadline — $32
  • Extended Deadline — $36
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