Years running: 1 (since 2023)
International Short Film Festival on the border of Europe and Asia
Now open: Submissions for 2024 Winter Ural Shorts!
The Official Selection and Winners of the Summer 2023: https://uralshorts.com/en/summer2023
Ural Shorts is an International Short Film Festival with a quarterly Official Selection, Live Screenings every summer, autumn, winter and spring, and an Annual Award Event.
Our mission is to seek out and unearth fresh talent in the art of filmmaking from across the globe. We aim to showcase and endorse top-tier independent short films, regardless of their origin, production year or budget. Our ultimate goal is to encourage and inspire auteurs everywhere.
Four times a year we conduct live screenings of the season's winning films in cinemas and on television for all to see. Once a year, we welcome the creators of winning films, who contend for the coveted top honors, with competitive screenings and an esteemed award ceremony.
You can submit your film in any of the Main Categories and automatically your film will be considered for all Technical and Performances Categories with no extra cost. You don’t need to pay any additional category fee!
Main Categories: Fiction Short, Documentary Short, Docudrama, Animated Short, Experimental Short, Student Short, Debut Short, Micro Film (up to 180 sec), Music Video, New Media (mobile and drone-video, web-series).
Technical and Performances Categories: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing.
Every Season the selection committee watches privately the submitted short films and chooses the Official Selections. All selected films enter the competition for the Season Awards. Within 10 days after the Official Selection list is published the jury announces the Season Winners. The winning films enter the Screening Program in cinemas and on television for all to see.
All Season Winners enter the competition for the Annual Awards in 18 nominations corresponding to the Main and Technical and Performances categories. And receive an invitation to the Annual Award Event.
The Ural Shorts Annual Event takes place in August in the 300-year-old city of Nizhny Tagil, on the border of Europe and Asia, which is called the "Russian Manchester" in the middle of the Ural Mountains. Annual Award Event consists of a cultural and educational program, the annual awards ceremony, screenings, TV interviews, workshops, and other activities.
All selected films receive the Official Selection laurels and enter the competition for the Season Awards.
All Season Winners receive the Winner laurels, the Certificate of Achievement (digital format) ready for printing, and get the opportunity to be screened in a cinema theatre and / or on television.
All Season Winners enter the competition for the Annual Awards and receive an invitation to the Annual Award Event.
The winners of the annual awards receive the Ural Shorts Trophy. To award special prizes and diplomas from the jury, the festival directorate, partners and sponsors is possible.
The applicants of submitted films that have been selected will be notified via e-mail. The Official Selection list will also be published on our website https://uralshorts.com and on our social media. The Winners list will be published no later than 10 days after the official selection notification.
No premiere requirement
made with smartphone and/or drone, vertical format, web-series, under 40 min
Dance, Musical or Fashion Films, under 40 min
Any genre, up to 180 sec
Director's first made film, any genre, under 40 min
short film made by student(s), any genre, under 40 min
Non-narrative, under 40 min
Animation (including Stop-Motion and Time-lapse), under 40 min
Documentary drama, hybrid of documentary and drama, reenactment of actual historical events, under 40 min
Documentary film, under 40 min
Narrative, any genre, under 40 min