ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Writers Institute is seeking submissions for the short film contest for the third annual Albany Film Festival that will be held on April 1. Submissions will be accepted through January 31, 2023.

Short film submissions must adhere to the following conditions:

*Short film submissions must have a connection to New York State, defined as 1) a film shot primarily or significantly on location in New York and/or 2) a film where one or more of the film’s principal/creative personnel is one of the following: a) born in New York, b) a current or former New York resident for one or more years, or c) an alumnus or current student at a school located in New York.

*For Student Short Film Submissions: Must be a student in New York State. Student Verification Required: applicants are required to attach a copy of their valid student ID (either upload a copy of your student ID to FilmFreeway or send it in an email to All other entries will be disqualified from this category. For more information about requirements, click here.

Awards/Certificates and monetary prizes will also be given out for the following awards:
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