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 Fall 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
  • 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
  • Brad Alexander

    This was a really great experience in a very intimate theater. It was a lot of fun talking to other directors, and doing the Q&A, and the sense of community was awesome.

    September 2021
  • Carlo Conte

    I’m very thankful my short was selected, and the big screen event with Q&A in Hollywood was very exciting and well thought out. Highly recommend this festival!

    June 2021
  • william mckeever

    It was a great honor to have been selected.

    December 2020
  • Great festival and proud to have my film selected, cant wait for the screenings once things open!

    December 2020