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NSF 2018


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


NITEHAWK SHORTS FESTIVAL: November 7 – 12, 2018
Early submission opens on April 9, 2018


“There is a clear egalitarian outlook ingrained in the festival. [Caryn] Coleman’s programming stays away from the focus on stars, or the obsessive culture of selfies, photos ops and autographs. Nitehawk Shorts Festival shows instead a generosity of ideas that endeavors to spark a communal feeling and discourse.” – Patrick Devitt, Kinoscope


The 6th 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.

Nitehawk Cinema’s annual NITEHAWK SHORTS FESTIVAL is back for its sixth year! NSF2018 features six days of short films under twenty-minutes at our Williamsburg and forthcoming Prospect Park location. 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 “Contenders” secret screening. 

Supplemental programming includes a panel discussion with our media partner, Huffington Post and the following festival parties: an Opening Night celebration and Filmmakers’ Gathering at Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg’s bar, Lo-Res as well as a Closing Party/Award Announcement at Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park.

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. Programs at the Nitehawk Shorts Festival consist of short films in all forms (animation, documentary, narrative, non-narrative, artist films, music videos, horror) by local, national, and international filmmakers. Our priority is to embrace inclusion and support diverse voices as the Nitehawk Shorts Festival provides an inclusive platform for filmmakers that encourages engagement with larger audiences and to establish a dialogue with the New York film community.


Huffington Post is the Media Sponsor for the 2018 Nitehawk Shorts Festival and will provide the Huffington Post Impact Award for the third year as well as host a panel discussion about short films during the festival.

Stay tuned – more special partnership screenings and festival sponsors will be announced throughout the year leading up to the festival.


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!