Submissions are now open for our 2020 festival!

The 10th Annual Lower East Side Film Festival will take place in June 2020 in NYC!

2020 Festival Deadlines & Submission Fees:

Earlybird Deadline: October 1st, 2019
Features: $35 fee
Shorts & Music Videos: $25 fee

Regular Deadline: December 1st, 2019
Features: $45 fee
Shorts & Music Videos: $30 fee 

Late Deadline: January 1st, 2020
Features: $55 fee
Shorts & Music Videos: $35 fee 

Extended Deadline: February 1st, 2020
Features: $65 fee
Shorts & Music Videos: $50 fee 

Last Minute Deadline: February 28, 2020
Features: $75 fee
Shorts & Music Videos: $60 fee


We accept Feature Films, Short Films, Web Series*, and Music Videos of all lengths in all genres from all over the world!

*Please submit all Web Series under the Shorts category. Any questions email:

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 2020, and will be viewed and adjudicated by our esteemed panel of Judges. (Stay tuned for 2020 Judge and venue announcements). Filmmakers are invited to attend all screenings, festival parties, award ceremonies, and to participate in the general hoopla of LESFF 2020.

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