Best Short Film Award is film festival with online screening. After cosidering all aspects, we decided to continue as online festival. There are many reasons why we came up to this decision. Firstly, due to still tough pandemic situation in the world, less spectators come to the live events, but our costs are same.

Secondly, we can reach more sepectators via online screening. For example, a maximum 100 people could enter the cinema, but 2,000-10,000 spectators may attend the online event. The main goal of our festival is to promote the work of independent filmmakers and screenwriters to as many people as it is possible. During live event the space for other collaborations between artists can be created.

Best Short Film Award is part of the Best Film Awards - IMDb Qualifing Film Festival. Last year, we awarded films and screenplays in the Best Director Award and Best Script Award. We honored the directors who were shortlisted for Oscar and BAFTA nominations.

We ourselves are filmmakers, producers and entrepreneurs. We know how difficult it is to show the world that someone appreciates your work. That's why we came up with a unique project in which we involved several jurors from around the world and created a new opportunity to show your film to the world.

Our festival support the dissemination of independent filmmakers.

The festival is based on a professional approach. In the evaluation, we focus on the technical design of the film, the idea of ​​the film, dramatic gradation, the tone of the film, the script, the conflict, the reality of the action, the acting performances and we attention to the details on which your film is composed.

The third year has three editions - summer, autumn and winter. Registration for the summer edition is currently underway. The end of the third year will be in January 2023.

If you win, you can register your project on our IMDb website:

The main prize is GOLDEN SHORTS, which is awarded in the following categories (under 40 minutes):
Golden Shorts: Short Film
Golden Shorts: Documentary
Golden Shorts: Student Film
Golden Shorts: Super Short Film
Golden Shorts: Low Budget Short Film
Golden Shorts: Drama
Golden Shorts: Comedy
Golden Shorts: Horror
Golden Shorts: Thriller
Golden Shorts: Animation
Golden Shorts: Experimental

Individual Categories (for short film):
Sound Design

Genre Categories:
TV Pilot
Music Video

Screenwriter Categories (under 40 pages):
Short Screenplay
First-Time Screenplay
Drama Screenplay
Comedy Screenplay
Horror Screenplay

All winners receive a free certificate (pdf/jpg file)

1. If the film is not in English, it must have English subtitles.
2. Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted.
3. The decision of the festival selection committee is final.
4. Films that are submitted must be the entrant’s original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third Parties. Contestants agree that they have obtained all required copyright permissions regarding music, sound & images. Etc presented in their film.
5. The organizers reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes.
6. The organizers have the right to use trailers or still photos on public social networks to promote your project and our festival.
7. The festival only accepts films up to 40 minutes.
8. Due to the online form of the festival, by registering you agree to the screening of your film online, in case your film is selected for screening.

Overall Rating
  • Kali Thomas

    So excited to have our lead, Rodnesha Green, selected for Best Actress!

    November 2022
  • Ivan knyazev

    Thank you! our team got an invaluable experience. we are happy!

    November 2022
  • Christopher Kaufmann

    thank you for the honorable Mention!

    November 2022
  • We are so happy and so honored to participate in the festival with Onyx film. It’s a great experience to get the award at this great festival. I hope we will see more Brazilian films attending the Best Short Film Award. My gratitude to the Jury and I must recommend Best Short Film Award to all filmmakers.

    September 2022
  • Thank you for selecting 'Gregory'! Thrilled to be part of such a great festival!

    September 2022