Fortnite Short Nite event: Start time, date and location

Fortnite Short Nite event: Start time, date and location
(Image credit: Epic Games)
Fortnite Short Nite Schedule

The Fortnite Short Nite screening is live! It began at 2 p.m. ET, Saturday (February 20). It will run until 2 p.m. ET on Sunday (February 21).

It’s time to watch the Fortnite Short Nite event! And yes this film festival is going to continue the game's experimentations in pop culture events. This half-hour event is free, and will present a series of animated short films to all those who want to jump into Party Royale (details below). 

Short Nite will feature content "from around the world," including shorts that got Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Short Film. And if you just want to watch the films while you hunt and shoot, it will be available in Picture-in-Picture mode, and starting every two hours afterwards for the following 24 hours.

In addition, there will be a Jumbo Popcorn emote available as of February 19 at 7 p.m. ET.

And since this is a film festival, subtitles are also an important thing to pay attention to. Enable text for the language of your preference in Audio Settings.

According to The Verge, these are the movies set for the schedule:

  • Bench
  • Makin’ Moves
  • Rollin’ Wild
  • Car Park
  • Maestro
  • Oktapodi
  • A Single Life
  • Catastrophe
  • Commuter Glitch
  • Creature Comforts
  • Lynx & Birds

How to watch the Fortnite Short Nite film festival

  1. At the Lobby screen, press Change in the bottom-right corner.
  2. Select Party Royale.
  3. Press Accept.
  4. Press Play on the Lobby screen.
  5. Use the in-game map, and the below graphic, to find The Big Screen.

Fortnite Short Nite event Big Screen

(Image credit: Epic Games)

If you spawn in The Plaza, look for the bridge that's near the cafe and snack stand. Cross the bridge and follow the trail up the hill to the Big Screen.

If this is your first time, you'll want to start a bit earlier, to install it all. You can download Fortnite for Windows, Mac and Android. On PS4, Xbox One and Switch, search "Fortnite" in the game store.

Henry T. Casey
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Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.