Here at the California International Shorts Festival (CISF) our main purpose is to help and encourage independent filmmakers and writers by providing a showcase platform for their talents in a sociable networking environment.

The CISF is extremely excited for its Summer showcase season and plans on becoming one of the bigger independent short film showcase arenas around. The passion and commitment that each filmmaker and writer puts into his or her work deserves to be acknowledged. This is why we here at the California International Shorts Festival take tremendous pride in putting on a memorable event and screening the works of the many talented, dedicated and unsung filmmakers. CISF’s 9 categories of competition: Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Animated Shorts, Experimental Shorts, Student Shorts, Foreign Shorts, Music Videos, Commercials and Short Scripts. Screenings will take place in Hollywood CA (Los Angeles).

Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short ,Best Animated Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Student Short, Best Foreign Short, Best Music Video, Best Commercial, Best Script, Honorable Mention

The California International Shorts Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The California International Shorts Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

CISF General Rules
The entry fee is per category.
Label DVD with the FilmFreeway Tracking ID, Film Title and Contact Info.
Submissions that are in any language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed.
Entries will not be returned.

Overall Rating
  • Emiliano Ferrera

    è stato un grande onore per me e tutta la troupe del mio cortometraggio spaghetti western Black Town vincere il premio Miglior Cortometraggio narrativo. grazie a tutto lo staff del California International short festival
    Regista Emiliano Ferrera

    March 2023
  • Megan McLain

    It was an honored to be named an award winner. What I appreciate the most, CISF actually sends out hard copy real certificates, the way it should be done by all festivals.

    March 2022
  • Thank you for choosing my Short Script, Appearances, as a Finalist, in your film festival; humbled and grateful.

    March 2022
  • The team at Entertainment GOES is thrilled with our most recent "Best Experimental Film" award for Flora's Spell. During Covid times, we were unable to attend the in-person screening, but feel so honored by the award. GREAT festival and great communication! Thanks for all.

    December 2021
  • epy quizon

    Great experience with you guys. Thank you for responding promptly to my queries. And most definitely, Thank you for the recognition you gave our film "Wellspring". It is an honor to be selected Best Foreign Film.

    September 2021