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“A program about as strong as recent shorts anthologies assembled by Sundance and the Academy (if generally more modest of budget), it should fare well as it tours like-minded arthouses around the country.” – The Hollywood Reporter


NITEHAWK SHORTS FESTIVAL SELECTS is a curated 91-minute theatrical program featuring seven short films from the 2016 Nitehawk Shorts Festival. For the past five years this annual festival has championed new voices in independent short filmmaking to audiences in New York with our sold out screenings and filmmaker talks. Though short in length, all films are under 20-minutes, these shorts encompass styles from social documentary to feminist thriller and, as a whole program, represents the diversity, inclusiveness, and power of succinct storytelling.

The program will premiere in New York at Nitehawk Cinema on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and will have a run at the theater June 23 – June 29, 2017.


Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 12 1/2 minutes
Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.
Saj Pothiawala / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 15 minutes
Festival Jury Award Winner
After Riley, a young awkward Brooklyn bachelor, is stood up by a Tinder date, he encounters an eccentric prostitute named Vegas at the bus stop on his way home.
Marysia Makowska / South Africa / 2015 / Narrative / 13 minutes
Festival Jury Award Runner Up Winner
A story of misbehavior, miscommunication and misinterpretation: on a hot summer day, two bored girls break into a stranger’s empty house, setting in motion unintended consequences for the house’s owner and themselves.
Doron Max Hagay / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 17 minutes
Cinematography Award Winner
A dark romantic comedy about a frustrated realtor who falls for a mechanic who vapes, set in the hazy sprawl of Los Angeles.
Grace Rex / USA / 2016 / Narrative / 11 1/2 minutes
The arrival of a stray dog in a couple’s apartment stirs up dormant romance and exposes the breadth of their fractured relationship.
Catherine Fordham / USA / 2016 / Horror/Thriller / 6 minutes
A young woman’s fiercest self takes over to fight for her life when she is attacked.
Dan Taberski / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 16 minutes
Huffington Post Impact Award Winner
The uncompromising voice behind the first gay-themed country music album – 40 years after its release.

The Picture House (Pelham, New York) | July 28 – August 3 | Tickets
SPACE Gallery (Portland, Maine) | August 31
The DePaul Art Museum (Chicago, Illinois) – September 27

Hollywood ReporterVillage Voice and Film Journal

Nitehawk Cinema’s annual Nitehawk Shorts Festival is a multi-day screening celebrating short films under twenty-minutes. 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. With a focus on those working in New York, the Nitehawk Shorts Festival provides a platform for local, national, and international filmmakers to encourage an engagement with new audiences and to establish a dialogue with the New York/Brooklyn film community. 

Nitehawk Cinema is New York’s premier dine-in theater, pairing exemplary first-run and repertory film programming along with tableside food and beverage service. Nitehawk strives to enhance the cinematic experience with a creative framework by providing a specialty menu with fresh, local ingredients inspired by the films we love; archival 35mm projection; and special guest Q&As. Setting a historical precedent, Nitehawk Cinema is single-handedly responsible for the groundbreaking overturn of the prohibition-era New York State liquor law that made serving alcohol in motion picture theaters illegal.