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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 highlights and supports a diverse range of voices in short films.

“More than ever before, the agility of short filmmaking allows filmmakers to address the increasingly unstable world in a remarkably relatable way. The short films in the Nitehawk Shorts Festival are certainly a part of this array of voices that aren’t simply imbued with the political climate but of the more humanizing aspects we need reminding of such as culture, family, and love.”
– Caryn Coleman, Director of Programming/Special Projects at Nitehawk Cinema.


The Nitehawk Shorts Festival includes main slate Opening Nite and weekend Matinee programs, speciality art and music programs (Art Seen with Art21 and Music Driven with Mass Appeal), and the popular Midnite horror program. Screenings consist of short films in all forms (animation, experimental, documentary, narrative, non-narrative, artist films, music videos, and genre) by local, national, and international filmmakers.

For the first time, Festival will feature a hosted panel called WHY SHORTS? with Huffington Post and a special presentation of The Eyeslicer. Nitehawk also hosts an Opening Nite celebration and Filmmakers’ Gathering in our Lo-Res Bar.

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!