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NSF 2018


Nitehawk Cinema’s annual NITEHAWK SHORTS FESTIVAL is back for its sixth year!


NSF2018 features six days of short film screenings, special events, and parties at our Williamsburg and forthcoming Prospect Park location. As always, our short films are under twenty minutes and represent our mission to highlight and support a diverse range of voices.

Programs consist of the festival’s main slate OPENING NITE and weekend MATINEE programs, a speciality music program called MUSIC DRIVEN, the popular MIDNITE horror program, and a secret CONTENDERS screening that will conclude the festival.

Supplemental programming includes a panel discussion with our media partner, HuffPost, and the following festival parties: an Opening Night celebration and Filmmakers’ Gathering at Lo-Res Bar in Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg as well as a Closing Party/Award Announcement at Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park. More to be announced!


We’re thrilled to have such incredible partners and sponsors on board for NSF2018! For the third year we welcome back HuffPost as the festival’s Media Sponsor who will provide their annual HuffPost Impact Award and host a panel discussion. Nice Shoes, who has been with NSF since the beginning, returns along with Signature Sponsor Heard City to provide incredible post-production prizes for our Festival Jury Award Winner. Vimeo is also coming back with Pro-Accounts for the popular Audience Choice Awards.

So what’s new? We welcome to the festival new sponsors like AbelCine who are giving rental and training gift-certificates to our Festival Jury Runner Up Award and Light Iron (a Panavision company) who are offering digital intermediate service for our Cinematography Award. The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts will not only teach a music-rights class during the festival but who will also proved one-year artist membership for their services to all prize winners! For the first time we’re offering a prize package for our Music Driven shorts program courtesy of Grado. Lastly, we’re thrilled to have two amazing New York-based companies, Brooklyn Brewery and NY Distilling, to be involved in our festival parties. We’re also offering a a First Time Filmmaker Award to a filmmaker in the festival making their debut work. Read more about our sponsors here.

We’ll be making more announcements of special partnership screenings and festival sponsors leading up to the festival – stay tuned!


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!