First Run Film Festival

The First Run Film Festival is the longest continuously running film festival in New York City. This annual festival is the debut venue for most NYU student films, and many will later go on to screenings at international film festivals, cable television and Sundance. The films are all written and directed by graduate and undergraduate students in the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts.

The weeklong festival kicks off with the Craft Awards ceremony; and culminates in the Wasserman Awards ceremony featuring the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation prizes.  They are, for both graduate and undergraduate divisions: 1st place, $10,000; 2nd place, $7,000; and 3rd place, $5,000.  In addition, four Wasserman Awards for $2,500 each and underwritten, in part, by the King Family Foundation, will be presented for Best Director and Best Screenplay.  These last awards honor the late Lew Wasserman and his wife Edie, generous benefactors of the Tisch School.  A distinguished panel of judges representing the film industry will select the winners.


2017 Wasserman Awards Winners Tisch Asia

Wasserman Award in Directing $2000, Graduate Film
Mamadou Dia for Samedi Cinema

King Award in Screenwriting $2500, Graduate Film
Francesca Mirabella for Modern Love

Wasserman Award in Directing, Graduate Film Tisch Asia
Eric McEver for Paleonaut

Festival Award in Screenwriting $2500, Graduate Film Tisch Asia
Anand Kishore for Disco Obu