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. #StorytellersWanted




The Festival

2017 Semi-Finalists

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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

DEADLINE: NBC Announces Semi-Finalists For 12th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival

The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival has announced 16 original short films and webisodes as semi-finalists for its 12th annual event. The festival, which includes notable alumni Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat) and Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers. This year, there were more than 4200 […]

THR: Justin Lin, Will Packer Join Judging Panel for NBCUniversal Short Film Festival

The 11th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival has named its jury of industry experts. The panel will comprise Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin, Ride Along franchise producer Will Packer, writer-producer Tracey Wigfield (The Mindy Project, NBC’s upcoming Great News), writer-director Malcolm D. Lee (the Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut) and performers Marlon […]

DEADLINE: Justin Lin and Marlon Wayans were named judges for NBCU Short Film Festival

Justin Lin and Marlon Wayans were named judges for NBCU Short Film Festival, part of the company’s ongoing initiative to find new voices. The panel for the 11th annual festival also includes producer Will Packer (Straight Outta Compton), writer-producer Tracey Wigfield (The Mindy Project), Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii Five-0) and writer-director Malcolm D. Lee (The […]