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 at a historic community theatre in Lanark County, Ontario, Canada.

After over 30 years as a live performance venue, since 2003 the theatre has regularly screened the best international films in partnership with the Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, and 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 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

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 2018 and Best Super-Short Film 2018. 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
  • Linda Mason

    Lovely to have been selected! Over the moon achieved Semi-Finalist status! Thanks

    February 2018
  • Rachel Kann

    Thank you!! We are honored.

    November 2017
  • Anthony Miller

    My first short film and it made the semi finals thank you so much. It was great to see.

    October 2017
  • Francesco Siro

    Defintely nice Fest!! ;)
    Hope to see you next year!

    October 2017
  • Thank you BEST SHORT FEST for giving me award. Even though I couldn't join the fest, but I can tell the communication is great. It's a great experience for me as a first time film maker! Thank you again!

    October 2017