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Call for submissions: Albany Film Festival short film contest

The third annual Albany Film Festival will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023. One of the highlights of the film fest is the screening of short films and the awards ceremony.


NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl and Victoria Diana. Her film “Devour” was awarded Best Overall Short Film at the 2022 Albany Film Festival Credit: Patrick Dodson / UAlbany

(Caption: NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl and Victoria Diana. Her film “Devour” was awarded Best Overall Short Film at the 2022 Albany Film Festival Credit: Patrick Dodson / UAlbany)


2023 Albany Film Festival awards and monetary prizes will be given out for the following: Best Overall Short Film--$500 Best Overall Student Short Film--$300 Best Comedic Short Film--$150 Best Dramatic Short Film--$150 Best Experimental Short Film--$150 Best Documentary Short Film--$150


Short film submissions must have a connection to New York State. For student short film submissions, you must be a student in New York State.


Submissions must be 25 minutes or less in length, including titles and credits.

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2023

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