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NOVEMBER 7 – 12, 2017
136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Nitehawk Cinema’s annual NITEHAWK SHORTS FESTIVAL is a celebration of independent short filmmaking.


The 5th edition of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival features six days of screenings, special events and parties that will highlight and support a diverse range of voices in short films.

The Festival includes main slate programs (Opening Nite and weekend Matinees), speciality art and music programs (Art Seen and Music Driven), and the popular horror program (Midnite). There is an also an opening night celebration and Filmmakers’ Gathering in our Lo-Res Bar. This year will also include filmmaker workshops and hosted artist talks. Programs consist of short films in all forms (animation, documentary, narrative, non-narrative, artist films, music videos, genre) by local, national, and international filmmakers.

Since 2013, the mission of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival has been to highlight exceptional short-form film and videos by artists and filmmakers. The Festival’s main slate programming features a range of filmmakers, from emerging film school students to Academy Award nominees, in curated screenings that prioritize conversations between the films over categorical listings. The Nitehawk Shorts Festival provides an inclusive platform for filmmakers to encourage an engagement with new audiences and to establish a dialogue with the New York film community.

The Nitehawk Shorts Festival is held exclusively at Nitehawk Cinema, New York’s premiere dine-in theater that pairs exemplary first-run and repertory film programming along with table-side food and beverage service. The cinema is centrally located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 136 Metropolitan Avenue (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue). Click here for directions!