Best Shorts Awards Competition

Years running: 11 (since 2012)

Best Shorts Awards Competition

International Short Film Competition


The Best Shorts Competition is unique in the industry. Attracting both powerhouse companies as well as talented new filmmakers it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition. Our talented Best Shorts award winners have gone on to win Oscar, Emmy, Telly and other awards.

At Best Shorts Competition, every film entered is judged on its own merits by our panels of Emmy, Telly and Communicator award nominees and winners. 


  • Best of Show,
  • Award of Excellence,
  • Award of Merit,
  • Award of Recognition.

No fixed numbers of awards are granted at any level but rather fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline.


  • Entries MUST be 57 minutes or less.
  • Multiple entries are allowed and each may be entered in multiple categories.
  • Subnit inline via website or Filmfreeway systems.
  • Online screeners are mandatory.
  • All entries MUST provide a LINK to the submission to be viewed online.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United States
La Jolla

Official Website



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La Jolla, CA 92037
United States

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    December 18, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    January 08, 2021
  • Middle Deadline
    January 29, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    February 19, 2021
  • Extended Deadline
    March 12, 2021
  • Notifications
    March 22, 2021
  • Event Dates
    23 March 2021
Categories & Fees

Films must be 57 minutes or less. Any genres.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Middle Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $50

Must be 57 minutes or less.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $30
  • Middle Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Extended Deadline — $45
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