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NSF 2018


Festival reaches gender parity and expands with educational classes/Closing Nite at the new Nitehawk Prospect Park location

Now in its sixth year, the Nitehawk Shorts Festival has become a bonafide home for the independent short film community. This year’s installment, taking place from November 7-12, will feature more than 54 short films under twenty minutes and has expanded to include additional events including educational classes and off-site workshops.

Committed to gender parity, we are proud to announce that out of the 66 filmmakers in the 2018 Nitehawk Shorts Festival, over 50% are women.

The NSF continues its mission to represent diverse backgrounds, voices, and perspectives with our selection of exceptional short-form films. As always, the curation of programs prioritizes conversations over categorical listings; providing audiences with a unique experience during our main slate programs (Opening Nite, weekend Matinees, and Closing Nite), specialty music program (Music Driven), the popular horror program (Midnite), and a new Science Fiction program co-presented with DUST (Sci-Fi Midnite).

“The Nitehawk Shorts Festival has become more than a film festival,” says Caryn Coleman, Director of Programming/Special Project, “It is now the cornerstone of Nitehawk’s commitment to support new filmmakers and be a hub for amazing short films that extends throughout the year.”

The official slate announcement and tickets will be available on October 8 but a sampling of this year’s films include Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan’s Roadside Attraction (New York Premiere), Catherine Lee’s 9at38 (Tribeca Film Festival), Sasha Wortzel and Reina Gossett’s Happy Birthday Marsha (first time trans women of color are on both sides of the camera), and Jake Kolton’s Monster (World Premiere).

NSF18 culminates with winners announced at a Closing Party on November 12 at Nitehawk Cinema’s new Prospect Park location. Prizes this year are again generously provided by HuffPost Arts + Culture, Heard City, Nice Shoes, Light Iron, AbelCine, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Grado, and Vimeo.


Nitehawk Cinema’s annual Nitehawk Shorts Festival is a celebration of independent short filmmaking, featuring six days of screenings, special events and parties that highlight and support a diverse range of voices in short films.

The Festival includes main slate programs (Opening Nite, weekend Matinees, and Closing Nite), specialty music program (Music Driven), the popular horror program (Midnite), and a new Science Fiction program with DUST (Sci-Fi Midnite). 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.