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).

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
  • Lani Cupchoy

    Great venue with a range of featured works! Honored that our film Urban Seeds participated in the festival and received "Best Documentary" for 2019.

    September 2019
  • Lance Kawas

    Wonderful, professional and on time!

    September 2019
  • Sam Edwards

    What a fantastic Shorts Fest... It was a great surprise to win Best Experimental Short with our film 'Sorrow' this summer 2019 half a word away from rainy England in Sunny Santa Monica... So wonderful to have festivals like this to showcase great international shorts for anyone to see...

    June 2019
  • Patrick Hogan

    Small festival but we had a nice time. Seem like nice people although no one from the festival ever actually introduced themselves to me or said hi. Sound at the theater is poor but it's located at a wonderful spot in Santa Monica.

    June 2019
  • Olgierd Minkiewicz

    Great communication with the festival organizers! Very responsive, and on top of things. We couldn't make it to LA for the screening, but we're thrilled "Leading Me Straight" won "Best Music Video" this year. Thanks CISF!

    May 2019