Cameo Launch is a short film platform that curates and highlights the best short films online.

We utilise our multiple content avenues of reviews, interviews, podcasts and social media to direct our audience to exceptional short films and remove the “choice paralysis” from online users looking for a solid recommendation for short form content. We also aim to draw attention to the creators of the short films that we review and recommend.


We strive to showcase first class short film and first rate filmmakers. We do this by creating online entertainment content such as:

- Short Film Reviews: Our platform publishes written and video reviews in which we provide short film recommendations along with highlights of stand out aspects of each film. The reviews are accompanied by links to the films themselves allowing the viewer to go from our review straight to the movie.

- The Cameo Launch Short Film Podcast: A film news and short film review podcast (video is also available via our YouTube channel). Our team gathers to discuss their short film recommendations as well as the latest goings on in the world of cinema and independent short film.

- Filmmaker interviews: Our podcast includes interviews with filmmakers whose films we have reviewed. In these episodes they discuss their experiences and insights gained in the making of their films.

We select short films currently available to view for free online. They receive a review from a member of the Cameo Launch team and are included in our list of recommended short films, with a direct link to the short film in question, ensuring that the filmmaker hosting the film receives the traffic generated by our promotion of their work.

Additionally, we invite the filmmakers of the selected films to appear on our podcast and YouTube channel for an interview, in which they can share details of their film with our audience.


Cameo Launch is open for submissions for short films by filmmakers from or featuring stories about the African diaspora in the western world. We are looking for films that show unique perspectives and experiences and tell stories that provoke thought and discussion. These films can be from any genre and can originate from anywhere in the world. If your film addresses the issues confronted by members of the African diaspora through direct reference or allegory in a unique and creative way then we want to hear from you! Successful submissions will receive a review and interview with the filmmakers, which will appear on our platform across the month of October.

Short films selected for our line-up will be eligible to receive the following awards and benefits:

- Inclusion in the line up of short film reviews appearing on cameolaunch.com

- Filmmakers invited to appear on the Cameo Launch Short Film Podcast

- Film embedded on the film review from its host platform

- A "Cameo Launch" laurel, which can be included with any applicable promotional material that the filmmaker/rights holder sees fit to use

Entrant Age:
Any individual submitting a short film for any category must be 18 years old or older to enter.

Films can be up to 30 minutes long (although films of 15 minutes or less are preferred).

Film Age:
Submitted films can be up to 3 years old

Country of Origin:
Submitted films may originate from any country in the world.

Cameo Launch is an English-speaking platform, as such all submitted films must either be in the English language or contain English language subtitles.

Distribution Status:

Submitted films can be in general release on any free-to-view/AVOD platform.

Submitted films may have distribution in place, in which case submissions must be made by the distribution rights holder or with the distribution rights holder's consent. Cameo Launch reserves the right to ask for proof of such consent at any time.

Any films submitted must have all rights cleared including the use of any licensed footage or music. By submitting your film, you are declaring that you possess such rights and Cameo Launch will not bear responsibility for the violations of any copyright agreements, should these rights not be cleared prior to submission.

What We Are Looking For:
This is a platform for narrative filmmaking and includes all genres with the exception of promotional videos, music videos, experimental films that do not contain a clear narrative and trailers for films not appearing in our line-up.

We absolutely exclude any racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, religiously or culturally prejudicial, pornographic or obscene content.

Premiere Status:
Cameo Launch has no requirement that your film have premiere status, nor does Cameo Launch require exclusive rights to the film. Preference will be given to films seeking to premiere on the Cameo Launch platform, so please inform us if you intend to submit your film on this basis.

Refund Policy:
The fees charged for submissions are for your film to be considered. This does not guarantee that your film will be accepted or presented on the Cameo Launch platform. As such, we do not operate a refund policy internally, so please be 100% certain you wish to submit your film before doing so. As submissions are made via FilmFreeway, their refund policies in relation to payments made through their platform constitute the ultimate rule on this matter.

Cameo Launch embeds rather than hosts the short films that it reviews. As such complete control remains with the rights holder as to the accessibility of the film from our website or elsewhere. The content owner is free to request the removal of their film from the Cameo Launch platform. Similarly, Cameo Launch retains the right to remove the film from its platform at the conclusion of its licensed season.

Cameo Launch will credit the author and key cast and crew of the selected film on their film page as well as in the review in which the film is presented.

If Accepted:

Review Showcase: If your film is accepted, Cameo Launch will require a link and embed code for your film, enabling it to be included in our review and played in full HD (1920x1080) or higher.

Cameo Launch will require accompanying materials such as a poster in jpeg or png format (portrait and landscape - recommended image size 1994 x 2880 px), cast & crew list, synopsis, any available promotion and production stills.

Cameo Launch may include the film or associated imagery in its promotions, including promotional videos, online newsletters and social media.

For further information please contact us directly on hello@cameolaunch.com.

Overall Rating
  • I've been making short films and web series for about 10 years now. I can say that the Cameo Launch platform is not only of the highest caliber, but the people behind it are as well. Here is a platform and online festival that not only champions short film and offers storytellers a place to tell their stories, but in doing so, Cameo Launch also seeks to build our community of filmmakers. I feel very fortunate to have connected with Cameo Launch and I would encourage anyone to submit and check out the amazing lineup of shorts they have curated!

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your wonderful review! Likewise, working with you has been a fantastic experience and a reminder why we work so hard to promote the short film medium and the filmmakers committed to it. We're incredibly proud to be able to include your work on our platform and hope your film and your team enjoy the broadest possible success with this and your future projects. Thanks again!