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

2015 Finalists & 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 upcoming Netflix 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 recurring on CW’s THE VAMPIRE DAIRIES and is currently testing on an NBC 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

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HUMORMILLMAG: EXCLUSIVE – LONI LOVE TALKS NEW GAME SHOW, NEW FILM, AND NBC UNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL!

In Hollywood last night at The Director’s Guild we were able to attend the NBC Universal Short Film Festival  which was founded by comedian Wil Sylvince, and we got a chance to speak to the first ever host of the event- Comedian, writer, producer and host Loni Love! While on the red carpet for the […]

DEADLINE: NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Accepting Entries

Writers, producers, actors, directors, and storytellers wanted. The 10th NBCUniversal Short Film Festival is open for entries as it seeks the next generation of emerging talent. Submissions are now being accepted in four categories of narrative short film — comedy, drama, horror and sci-fi. NBCUniversal says submissions are encouraged from talent with diverse backgrounds and […]