Love Your Shorts Film Festival

Years running: 11 (since 2011)

Love Your Shorts Film Festival

Short Film Festival in Sanford.


The Festival screens only short films under 30 minutes in length. Films are divided into different blocks for screening. Audience members at each block vote for their favorite film and winners are announced on the spot.  The winning films from each block advance to a final block for a panel of judges to pick the overall festival winner. Winners of each block earn the festival’s award, the “Monroe,” an original piece of metal artwork named after Sanford’s Lake Monroe.  At the end of each block a brief Q&A session is conducted between the filmmakers and audience members. The Festival also hosts an hour-long moderated filmmakers panel in which movie techniques and filmmaker triumphs and tribulations are discussed. In 2012, 70 short films were shown to an estimated 1500 people. Over 30 filmmakers attended. 


  • Opening night,
  • Drama,
  • Documentary,
  • Animation,
  • Florida Flavor,
  • Sci-Fi / Horror,
  • Comedy,
  • E for Everyone.


The winner of each competition block will receive a cash prize of $400 and our prized accolade called the "Monroe," which is an original piece of metal artwork.

Four Monroe awards will be given for Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Scene, Best Cinematography and Best Actor/Actress.

The Best of the Fest winner will receive a Monroe award and a cash prize of $1,500.



  • Shorts: maximum 30 minutes;
  • E for Everyone: Family friendly films for the young and young at heart.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form (paper one or on-line via Withoutabox system);
  • Pay entry form;
  • Send 2 DVDs with submitted film by mail.

Selection Media Type


Screening Media Type


Audio language:


Subtitles language:


Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Nelson Beverly (Festival Coordinator).



United States
Sanford, Florida

Official Website



122 West 17th Street
Sanford FL 32771


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    May 08, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 30, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    September 15, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    October 31, 2020
  • Notifications
    January 01, 2021
  • Event Dates
    11 — 14 February 2021
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline — €15
  • Regular Deadline — €20
  • Late Deadline — €25
  • Earlybird Deadline — €15
  • Regular Deadline — €20
  • Late Deadline — €25
  • Earlybird Deadline — €15
  • Regular Deadline — €20
  • Late Deadline — €25

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