New York Short Film Showcase


The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s New York Short Film Showcase is a cinematic celebration of new projects by union members, designed to encourage performers to create their own short films and web series.

Held twice a year, in March and September, the showcase features a shorts program followed by a Q&A with the films’ directors, producers and actors present at the screening.

The March 2019 New York Short Film Showcase featured:

Jitters | Written, Directed and Produced by Otoja Abit
Pioneers | Co-Directed and Produced by Leah Donnenberg
Chemistry | Directed and Produced by Cynthia Silver
The Son, The Father | Written and Directed by Lukas Hassel
Believe Her | Written and Directed by Erin Doyle Cooper
Coffee and a Donut | Written, Directed and Produced by Cary Patrick Martin

The New York Short Film Showcase accepts submissions by filmmakers who reside in states east of the Mississippi River: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin. Shorts submitted to the Los Angeles Short Film Showcase are ineligible for the New York Short Film Showcase.

In addition, all submissions must be produced under a SAG-AFTRA Short Film or SAG-AFTRA New Media contract, run no longer than 20 minutes including credits (no exceptions), be a completed project, and include a contract production number. For questions regarding your production number, contact SAG-AFTRA at 323-954-1600.

Entry is free. Previous submitted films are eligible for re-submission. Filmmakers must be present at the screening.

For those who need disability accommodations, including sign language interpretation, please email for LA programs or for NY programs with a minimum of three (3) business days notice. We will contact you to confirm.

March 2019 Short Film Showcase
Calls for submissions will be accepted from December 10, 2018 – January 7, 2019.


New York Short Film Showcase