24 fps Film Festival


Years running: 26 (since 1999)

24 fps Film Festival

International short film festival.


The mission of the 24fps International Short Film Festival is to celebrate and encourage aspiring independent filmmakers worldwide. Festival public screening programs are designed to highlight the creator as much as the work itself. All exhibited films are introduced by a commentator, and filmmakers in attendance are given the opportunity to speak to the festival audiences at the close of their film's exhibition.

From 1999 to 2005 the festival was known as WESTfest. In 2001, the scope of the submission field was expanded to include international entries, and in 2006 the festival was officially renamed 24fps with the "International Short Film Festival" title officially attached.


  • Grand Jury Prize--$1000 (USD) 
  • Silver Medal--$600 (USD) 
  • Bronze Medal--$400 (USD) 
  • Audience Award--$400 (USD) 
  • Horizon Award for Best Student and/or Best First Film--$500 (USD)
  • Kurosawa Award (Creative Excellence) --Trophy 
  • Luminaria Award (Cinematography) -- Trophy 
  • Red Citation Humanitarian Award --Trophy


  • The competition is open to film and video works produced after January 1, 2022 with a maximum running time of 20 minutes.
  • Films can be submitted online via festival submissions platforms: Festhome and Filmfreeway.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Barry Smoot — Festival Director.



United States

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Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
United States

Phone: 325-676-9620

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    January 08, 2024
  • Deadline
    June 10, 2024
  • Notifications
    July 15, 2024
  • Event Dates
    1 — 2 November 2024
Categories & Fees

Any short film of a running time of 20 minutes or less. No entry fee is required

  • Deadline — $10

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