Nitehawk Cinema’s annual NITEHAWK SHORTS FESTIVAL is a celebration of independent short filmmaking.
November 7 – 12, 2017

The 5th edition of the Nitehawk Shorts Festival features six days of screenings, special events, and parties that highlights and supports a diverse range of voices in short films.

“More than ever before, the agility of short filmmaking allows filmmakers to address the increasingly unstable world in a remarkably relatable way. The short films in the Nitehawk Shorts Festival are certainly a part of this array of voices that aren’t simply imbued with the political climate but of the more humanizing aspects we need reminding of such as culture, family, and love.” – Caryn Coleman, Director of Programming/Special Projects at Nitehawk Cinema.



This series addresses the elephant in the film world: the lack of women directors in the film industry.

Now, more than ever, it’s vital for us at Nitehawk to strongly voice our support of women in film and to be committed to presenting their stories. Part of the solution to increase the representation of women is for cinemas to screen their movies and for audience to come see them. This ongoing seres will include new independent films directed by women across all genres and it will continue to grow. Do your part and represent with us. The future of film is female.

Films screened in 2017 include: Women Who KillLandlineThe Last LaughSignature Move, PrevengeRawThe LureFits & StartsBlamePlease Kill Me. 


Exploring contemporary horror films.

We are in the midst of a horror film resurgence. A significant group of contemporary horror films made in the past couple of years are reminiscent of the socio-political classics of the 1960s and 1970s in that they are boldly confronting the terrifying undercurrent of life today. Like their predecessors, these films tackle class, gender identity, and race in way that shows us both where we are and how far we, perhaps, haven’t come. Infused with artistic style and cutting narratives, the new landscapes of horror are being explored, and celebrated, in NEW HORROR.

Screenings in 2017 included: XXKusoSuper Dark TimesPrevengeRawThe LureHounds of LoveTragedy Girls, Get Out, and Please Kill Me.