School of Film, Media & Theatre’s James Pellerito is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the Moving Image Studies program and co-founder/co-director of the New York City Short Film Festival (NYC SHORTS), a longstanding international festival dedicated to the short form of filmmaking. Pellerito co-founded the festival in 2005 alongside David Barba and Jennifer Pellerito.
Pellerito discusses the NYC SHORTS history, festival highlights and its 16th edition which took place virtually last October.
“The short form is a gateway for filmmakers who want to pursue feature films and is a great way to discover emerging talent.”
Each year, NYC Shorts festival receives over a thousand film submissions worldwide throughout the US, UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Israel, Canada, Italy and more. Many official selections have gone on to screen at Sundance, Berlin, Clermont-Ferrand and many other important film events. In 2007, the animated short “The Danish Poet” won the Academy Award for Animated Short after its New York premiere screened at the festival in 2006.