The Vision

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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 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

2018 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


Harness Social Justice Winner EMERGENCY took home awards from SUNDANCE & SXSW!

Writer KRISTEN DAVILA was hired to write on the series SALVATION.

STEVEN CAPLE, JR (2013 Audience Award Winner) premiered his latest feature, THE LAND, at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and sold it to IFC Films

RANDALL PARK (2010 Best Actor) starred with James Franco & Seth Rogen in the controversial feature, THE INTERVIEW, and presently stars in ABC hit series, FRESH OFF THE BOAT

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

NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Unveils Finalists

The finalists for the 13th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival were announced Monday with the fest setting a record for female representation in front of and behind the camera. The finalists will be recognized at an awards ceremony Oct. 24 at the Director’s Guild of America in Hollywood where their short films will be screened. Known for celebrating diverse […]

NBCU Short Film Festival Has Its Semifinalists

The semifinalists have been named for the 13th annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, which celebrates diverse stories in a search for the next generation of storytellers. Chosen from more than 3,400 submissions, the semifinalists feature stories about people of ethnically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTQ community, and women. Of the 15 projects that made the cut this year, 11 […]