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 Winter 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).

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

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.

9 Reviews

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    Courtney Suttle

    A must enter for short film makers and writers.

    December 2017
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    Olga and Andrii Andreiev

    Many thanks to the festival for choosing our film to participate in the contest. We will be happy many more times to take part in your festival. Thank you!

    November 2017
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    Charles Lo Manto

    Thank you to this festival for your awesome encouragement and for having a writing contest along with your screenings.

    September 2017
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    schell peterson

    CISF was pretty incredible! If you're wondering "is this festival gonna be low quality because it's a smaller festival?" The answer is a resounding NO! I can confidently say that the films chosen were all done very well and I was proud showcase my work alongside the other entries.

    September 2017
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    ralph odierna

    Wonderful festival in a nice setting. Sound and picture quality was excellent. I do recommend that filmmakers give this festival a look.

    March 2017