Attend the 2017
NBC Short Film
Festival Finale

Attend the 2017
NBC Short Film
Festival Finale

The Vision

The annual NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is the industry’s premiere diversity short film festival; a nationwide search for talent both in front of & behind the camera, focused on discovering the next generation of storytellers. This bicoastal festival hosts a series of events, including acclaimed filmmaker workshops, semi-finalist screenings in NYC and a red carpet awards finale at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles.  For over a decade, we have celebrated up & coming directors, writers, producers and actors, introducing them to top industry tastemakers while awarding prizes ranging from camera packages and monetary grants to development meetings and holding deals.

 

 

 

The Festival

2017 Semi-Finalists

View Past Films

The Partners

The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival would like to thank its Partners for their generous support.

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The Alumni

ALONSO ALVAREZ BARREDA (2014 Best Director / Winner of Best Short) won BEST SHORT FILM at Cannes & was selected as an HBO Directing Fellow

HASAN MINHAJ (2013 Finalist) is a Senior Correspondent on Comedy Central’s THE DAILY SHOW

SIMONE MISSICK (2014 Finalist) stars in Netflix’s Original Series, LUKE CAGE

ZAO WANG, (2013 Best Director) was selected as a Directing Fellow at JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods & was hired to shadow on an NBC series as part of the NBCU Emerging Directors Program

MOUZAM MAKKAR (2015 Best Actress) is cast as a series regular on Mindy Kaling’s new pilot.

CAYMAN GRANT (2015 Oxygen Award) won an Emmy for a documentary which aired on ESPN’s 30 FOR 30 series

LULU WANG (2015 Finalist) wrote and directed her first feature POSTHUMOUS with stars Jack Huston and Brit Marling

The Press

HOLLYWOOD’S BLACK RENAISSANCE: LENA WAITHE TEAMS UP WITH NBCUNIVERSAL’S SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

NBCUniversal’s 12th annual Short Film Festival celebrating diversity in storytelling has named Emmy Award nominee Lena Waithe as one of it’s first celebrity ambassadors where she will act as an advocate for the festival and join the judging panel determining award winners. In addition to Waithe, powerhouse producer Debra Martin Chase will join the judging […]

DEADLINE: NBCUNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FEST NAMES FINALISTS, CELEBRITY AMBASSADORS

NBCUniversal’s 12th annual Short Film Festival celebrating diversity in storytelling has named America Ferrera, Mariska Hargitay, Chrissy Metz and Lena Waithe as its first ambassadors. They’ll serve as advocates for the festival and join the judging panel determining award winners. Others on the judging panel include NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke, Universal Television President Pearlena […]

KOALITION: Dave Chappelle Attends NBCUniversal Short Film Festival

Dave Chappelle is taking over NYC for the month of August! Make sure to catch Dave Chappelle and Solange live from Radio City Music Hall tonight in honor of his 30th stand-up anniversary celebration. In addition to his stand-up residency, Chappelle made a surprise appearance at NBCUniversal Short Film Festival on Wednesday, August 16th, to […]

THE KNOCKTURNAL: 12th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Screening

On Tuesday, Aug 15th and Wednesday, Aug 16th at the SVA Theatre in NYC, NBCUniversal hosted its 12th annual short film festival which celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers. Out of 16 original short films and webisodes semi-finalists, the winners will be chosen by a panel of entertainment industry professionals and […]