Submissions Are Now Closed For The 2017 Festival, June 8th-15th. But, there's always next year! 

Submissions will reopen in August 2017 for the 2018 festival. 

We accept submissions via FilmFreeway for the best online quality delivery of your film.

You can also submit Withoutabox!

(thru March 1)

2017 Festival Deadlines & Submission Fees:

Earlybird Deadline: November 1st, 2016
Features: $35 fee
Web Series, Shorts & Music Videos: $20 fee

Regular Deadline: January 1st, 2017
Features: $45 fee
Web Series, Shorts & Music Videos: $25 fee 

Late Deadline: February 1st, 2017
Features: $55 fee
Web Series, Shorts & Music Videos: $35 fee 

Extended Deadline: March 1sth, 2017
Features: $65 fee
Web Series, Shorts & Music Videos: $50 fee 

Last Minute Deadline: March 15, 2017 (FilmFreeway Only)
Features: $75 fee
Web Series, Shorts & Music Videos: $60 fee




Filmmakers who have submitted will have their films viewed and selected by our Programming Committee.

The selected films will screen in Manhattan’s Lower East Side at a variety of unique locations summer 2017, and will be viewed and adjudicated by our esteemed panel of Judges. (Stay tuned for 2017 Judge and venue announcements). Filmmakers are invited to attend all screenings, festival parties, award ceremonies, and to participate in the general hoopla of LESFF 2017.

Prizes will be given to the winners of the following categories:

  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Live Action Short Film
  • Best Animated Short Film
  • Best Documentary Short Film
  • Best Music Video
  • The LESFF Audience Award
  • The LESFF Neighborhood Award
  • Best of Fest – The L.E.S. Prix D’Or