Rough Cut 2023 | Film Festival

Launched in 2010, Rough Cut is an international competition for budding filmmakers across film genres. Past winners have gone on to study film and have careers in the industry!

Date of Festival : Thursday, April 27, 2023 

Submission deadline for all films : Saturday, April 1, 2023
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Submit your film to be part of New York City's international short film festival for students.

The Jury Prize winner will have the incredible opportunity to be included in the program of Francophone Short Films in Harlem Festival and have their film screened at Maysles Cinema and both Columbia and NYU Maisons Françaises!
Students submit films via this website and are invited to a special screening event at the Lycée Français de New York on Thursday, April 27 at 5pm.
A jury of film professionals, faculty, students and past winners give awards in four categories:
  • Best Animated Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Narrative Short
  • Best Experimental Short

For further details, please contact


  • For students age 11 to 18
  • Films must be written, filmed and created by the students
  • Maximum 10 minutes in length
  • School-appropriate subjects only
  • Films in languages other than English are welcome, but they must be subtitled in English

Click here for full list of rules and regulations.
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New this Year: Take the Short Cut to Rough Cut !

For students (and their teachers) who love to create films, have an eye for comedy, but don't have time, make a 30-second, "short cut," with these guidelines:

  • Prop: mop/broom
  • Character: firefighter
  • Line of dialogue: "C'est pas son jour, c'est jamais son jour" or in English "It's not his day; it's never his day…")

2021 winners

Wishing Well

Best Animation Film
Arthur Schnieders


Best Experimental Film
Omar Tawfik, Julius Gross and Elias Taouli

My Blood

Best Professor Animation Film
Noam Soulat