The Picturestart Awards (formerly the NYC Home Film Festival) showcases outstanding short films from throughout the world. Founded in 2002, by Gregory Segal, Producer, Attorney, and Principal in Angel Baby Entertainment, the NYCHFF offers emerging filmmakers the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and share their work with a broad audience.
Submissions of short films are sought from filmmakers of all backgrounds and levels of experience and entries are accepted year-round. Films are selected for Festival screenings on the basis of artist excellence and viewers determine the winners of the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Short Film Awards. Names and bios of award winners are posted on the HFF website and filmmakers are interviewed by Indieville, the television voice of independent film in N.Y.
Staged at various venues over the years to accommodate increasing attendance, The Festival is traditionally hosted by an industry insider. Among those who have assumed this role at recent festivals have been Roy Frumkes, Director, Writer, and Producer, and John Gallagher, Director, Producer and Film Historian.
The NYC Home Film Festival seeks to give talented filmmakers, regardless of background or experience, a venue for their work. It recognizes the artistry of exemplary short films, and seeks to give greater exposure to those whose talents are evident in these. Encouraging the sharing of information, ideas, resources, and contacts at its events, the NYCHFF supports the growth and development of a collegial community of independent filmmakers.