Rough Cut Festival

Created in 2010, Rough Cut, the LFNY Short Film Festival, shows films written, directed, and edited solely by students outside of school or during the Cinema class. As usual, students are free to create films on any school appropriate subject; the only requirement is that the films are less than ten minutes long.

In the past editions, we were thrilled to include the participation of other schools throughout New York City and beyond. Last year, our festival received submissions from students of the Lycée International de Boston, and the Crotona International High School in the Bronx.

A jury of faculty, students and film professionals give out four awards : best Animated Short, best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, and best Experimental Short. The audience gets to vote for its favorite movie.

  • Submissions due: May 2nd
  • Send in hard copies of your films to Mr. Samulski, 505 East 75th street, New York, NY 10021
  • Send Digital copies to
  • Click here to view or download the rules of the Rough Cut Festival

Winners of the previous editions:

  • 2016: Milo Sobral for “Sleepless”
  • 2015: Sarah Maouchi, Zoé Lacau & Noémie Wendelbo
  • 2014: Theo Le Sourd & Pierre Hirschler for “Apartment 42H” 
  • 2013: Theo Le Sourd & Pierre Hirschler for “Food Doodle”
  • 2012: Xavier Ferland-Brissette
  • 2011: Terry Noiran


The Rough Cut Film Festival takes place Thursday, May 12 at the Lycée Français de New York.