Short Films. Big Screen. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us think, make us feel… We’re ready to be amazed by your films - any budget, any genre, any story, as long as it’s short!

BEST SHORT FEST is seeking the world’s best short films (under 45 minutes) and super-short films (under 5 minutes) to be shown on the big screen in Lanark County, Ontario, Canada.

Our venues include a historic community theatre with over 30 years as a live performance venue, which has regularly screened the best international films in partnership with the Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. BEST SHORT FEST continues this tradition, showcasing the talents of independent filmmakers from far and wide!

The Best Short Film and Best Super-Short Film will be chosen from the Finalists in the following categories:

Best Short
Best Short Comedy
Best Short Drama
Best Short Genre (Action / Sci-Fi / Horror...)
Best Short Experimental
Best Short Animation
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Music / Dance / Poetry

Best Super-Short
Best Super-Short Comedy
Best Super-Short Drama
Best Super-Short Genre (Action / Sci-Fi / Horror...)
Best Super-Short Experimental
Best Super-Short Animation
Best Super-Short Documentary
Best Super-Short Music / Dance / Poetry

Finalists in every category will be shown at BEST SHORT FEST. The Filmmakers of Finalist / Official Selection films will be awarded free passes to attend all festival screenings. We will also provide free passes to 3 members of your cast and crew, or family and friends. Plus, we'll welcome you to town at our annual Opening Night Mixer.

Presented on stage at the end of our closing ceremonies, Winners will receive the BEST SHORT FEST Trophy for Best Short Film of the Year and Best Super-Short Film of the Year. Or, if you’re unable to attend, trophies will be mailed to you.

Short is Beautiful! Submit an online screener of your entry, ensuring a maximum of 45 minutes for short films and a maximum of 5 minutes for super-short films, to be considered by our jury.

BEST SHORT FEST is open to all short films from all countries. Entry fees are non-refundable. All entrants agree with the terms and conditions listed on our website, in order to qualify as a finalist/winner.

Good luck to everyone!

Overall Rating
  • Cindy Wathen-Kennedy

    A truly wonderful and professional experience!

    April 2020
  • Fernando Lorenzana Gámez

    I couldn't attend the festival but they had very good communication

    November 2019
  • Chelsea Keene

    I was very excited and honored to have my film, Reflection selected as a finalist in the Best Short Fest 2019. This festival was a really great experience for me and the organizers are very professional. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity!

    October 2019
  • Roger Barker

    Our thanks to the organisers for including our film, "Burning Grief," in the festival schedule, and for the helpful communications confirming receipt of the submission copy. Very impressed with the on-line presentation of films included in the fest. Good luck for future events.

    October 2019
  • Great fest! Worth giving a shot!

    October 2019