Years running: 4 (since 2017)

Short Film Slam

International competition honoring short films and the people who make them.


The Short Film Slam is a bimonthly competition presented by The Madlab Post that provides a platform for emerging and established filmmakers to showcase their work. Each round, a selection of up to twelve short films will be screened for local audiences who get to cast a vote for their favorite film. The highest rated film in each round will be declared "Movie of the Month" during the following month. The highest rated "in-competition" films in each round will become a Finalist and advance to the final round.


  • Best Short Film
  • Movie of the Month


  • Films 15 minutes or shorter in length (including credits) are preferred.
  • Films longer than 15 minutes may be considered to screen out of competition.
  • Films must have been completed after October 2017. 
  • All films with non-English language must include on-screen English subtitles.
  • Submissions may not be withdrawn from The Short Film Slam once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the competition's organizers.
  • Submit films at Filmfreeway.
  • All film submissions must include a minimum of one (1) or more high resolution stills from the film.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Nicole Ayers - Festival Manager



United States
Philadelphia, PA

Official website


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    July 17, 2020
  • Earlybird Deadline
    August 10, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    September 02, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    October 05, 2020
  • Notifications
    October 14, 2020
  • Event dates
    31 October 2020
Categories & Fees

Films in this category must be directed by an American citizen and/or produced in the United States.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $15
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $35

Films produced outside of the United States.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $15
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $35

Films in this category must be produced and/or directed by a student attending High School, College or University. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this category.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $15
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $35
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