nitehawkshortsfestival-logoNitehawk Cinema’s fourth annual NITEHAWK SHORTS FESTIVAL
November 8 – 13, 2016

Nitehawk Cinema’s fourth annual Nitehawk Shorts Festival features six days of short films under twenty-minutes with our Opening Nite, Music Driven, Art Seen, Midnite, and weekend Matinee screenings. The festival also includes an opening night celebration and Filmmakers’ Gathering in our bar, Lo-Res. Programs consist of short films in all forms (animation, documentary, narrative, non-narrative, artist films, music videos, horror) by local, national, and international filmmakers.


The Nitehawk Shorts Festival is sponsored by HEARD CITY. HUFFINGTON POST ARTS & CULTURE is the Media Sponsor for the 2016 Nitehawk Shorts Festival. Complimentary cocktails courtesy of JAMESON IRISH WHISKEY.

  • Festival Jury Winner: post-production sound services from HEARD CITY (valued at $16k) and post-production coloring services from NICE SHOES ($20k value).
  • Festival Jury Runner-Up: gift certificate from B&H ($1500 value) and Pro-Account from VIMEO.
  • Cinematography Award: equipment donation from PANAVISON ($7500 value).
  • Huffington Post Arts Impact Award: Awarded to the 2016 Nitehawk Shorts Festival submission that best shines a light on a timely political, social or cultural issue resonating around the world, the winner will be selected by a small panel of HuffPost Arts & Culture writers and editors. The winner will be profiled in a Huffington Post Arts & Culture feature, and will have the opportunity to screen their film at our New York City headquarters.
  • Audience Choice Awards: Pro-Accounts from VIMEO (eligible during Opening Nite, Midnite, Matinee One and Matinee Two).

The mission of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival is 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.

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