The 2018 Submissions are now closed. Check back for 2019 submission details.  

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(thru March 1)

2018 Festival Deadlines & Submission Fees:

Earlybird Deadline: November 1st, 2017 PASSED
Features: $35 fee
Shorts & Music Videos: $20 fee

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

Late Deadline: February 1st, 2018 PASSED
Features: $55 fee
Shorts & Music Videos: $35 fee 

Extended Deadline: March 1sth, 2018 PASSED
Features: $65 fee
Shorts & Music Videos: $50 fee 

Last Minute Deadline: March 15, 2018 (FilmFreeway Only) PASSED
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 2018, and will be viewed and adjudicated by our esteemed panel of Judges. (Stay tuned for 2018 Judge and venue announcements). Filmmakers are invited to attend all screenings, festival parties, award ceremonies, and to participate in the general hoopla of LESFF 2018.

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