Our festival is for short films that are 15 minutes or less, produced anywhere in the world. We accept Documentaries, Narratives, Animation, Commercials, PSAs. , Web Series, and Trailers. (Sorry, no music videos). Award certificates are presented in 15 categories. This is our 15th year, and our 24th festival. We are an IMDB qualifying festival, and usually show between 25-35 films.

Our film festival will be presented two ways. It can be viewed online, and at a no-frills "live" program at the Cocoa Public Library. The online version will enable your cast, crew, friends, and relatives to see your work from the comfort, (and safety), of your own home. You will be invited to introduce your film by way of a pre--recorded video that you send us, and the online version will also have an "Award Show", which adds to the fun.

As for our “live show” at the library, we are able to keep our entry fee low, and offer FREE ADMISSION to our audience by conducting a bare bones, “no frills” festival. There are no seminars or parties. We simply set up a few chairs, turn on the projector, and watch some great films. Audience attendance at the library is usually pretty small, but they always go away impressed with what they've seen.

We are a small festival, but we take our selection process very seriously. We have a panel of five judges who grade each entry on a point system, scoring its technical merits, acting, script, and audience appeal. Equal and fair consideration is given to each entry regardless of where you live or the size of your budget. Films with solid stories and good audio have the best chance of being selected. Films with the highest scores become our "Official Selections", and will be shown “live” at the library, and online. The online show can be viewed on our website FREE for 2 weeks, anytime 24/7, by all filmmakers and their guests. You can also share the viewing link on your facebook page. Of course you retain all rights to your film, and we will only show it in the festival. All films will be deleted from our video servers immediately after the festival.

If your film is an “Official Selection”, you will also have the opportunity to opt out of the online presentation if you wish.

Winners will receive an e-certificate, which can be printed at home for your entire cast and crew. You will also receive festival laurels, and a “win” on your existing IMDB page. To keep our entry fees as low as possible, we no longer award trophies.

Best Web Series
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Screenplay
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Horror/Thriller
Best Sci-fi
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Short
Best PSA/Commercial
Best Foreign Film
Best Family Film
Best Trailer

(1.)Your film must be no harsher than an "PG-13" rating. Infomercials, porno, or films that are overtly political in nature will be disqualified.
(2.) Films may have been produced any year.
(3.) We accept films from anywhere in the world. Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.
(4.) No premiere requirements.
(5.) Project may have distribution, and may currently be online.
(6.) Your film must be made available to us as a downloadable MP4 on, or before March 11, 2024. If we cannot contact you, or have no way to download your film, we reserve the right to replace your film with another entry.
(7.) Press Kits are not required. We will use the information and stills from your online press kit.
(8) No film may be withdrawn from the festival after our selections have been announced.
(9) We do not pay "screening fees".
(10) We reserve the right to modify the festival date(s) or location due to unforeseen technical issues.
(11) Maximum running time of any entry shall not exceed 15-minutes, including credits.
(12) We do not screen "Music Videos".
(13) Sorry, no fee waivers Please do not ask.
(14) No refunds of entry fees. Judges decisions are final.
(15) If your film is an “Official Selection” we will NOT stream your film online without your permission. You retain full ownership of your film. We will not sell or exhibit your film in any fashion other than in the festival.
(16) All films in the online festival will be deleted from our video servers immediately after the festival has ended.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks for awarding "Enter the Room" for Best Screenplay at your festival! The communication was clear and concise and I was impressed with how quickly the festival responded whenever I had any questions. It was a nice addition to have the online screening for the filmmakers who couldn't attend the festival in person. This festival was nice enough to ship my trophy to me free of charge and even re-shipped it after the original package didn't end up at my address. I had a great experience overall and will definitely submit future projects to 15 Minutes of Fame.

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Harry!

  • Ernie Berger

    Excellent! This is a festival for filmmakers produced by filmmakers (Ray & Migdalia Etheridge). Ray & Migdalia impressed me as people who encourage other filmmakers to reach for creativity and who offer a place (the festival on-line) where filmmakers' projects can be enjoyed by anyone.

    October 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ernie! Your animated film UP IN SMOKE is terrific!

  • Thank you very much for accepting our film, The SkunkApe. We are very excited to receive BEST COSTUMES. We look forward to entering your festival again.

    November 2022
  • 15 Minutes of Fame is a great festival. We are honored to have won Best Trailer for our feature film, The Hitmen. Ray and Migdalia are fantastic hosts and very accommodating. We are looking forward to entering other projects in the future, and highly recommend this festival.

    November 2022
  • Just a great, supportive, creative film festival. The communication was beyond amazing. Filmmakers who could not attend were strongly encouraged to create an introduction video. The festivals film blocks were concisely schedule and available to the public the following day. I really cannot say enough about this festival! I highly recommend 15 Minutes of Fame!

    November 2022