Since 2014, Cannes Shorts has been screening innovative international short films at the world's most important film destination: Cannes and the French Riviera.

With an emphasis on new talent, discovery, and low-budget innovation, Cannes Shorts' vibrant programme of films combines a commitment to independent cinema’s ideals with a sound understanding of indie filmmaking possibilities.

Cannes Shorts began in 2014 at the gorgeous Studio 13 MJC Picaud cinema in downtown Cannes; then, requiring more capacity, the festival then moved to Cinema Pathé Masséna in Nice. The 2020 festival moved online due to Covid-19, and the online festival turned out to be immensely popular, with dozens of international filmmakers being able to participate (who would not otherwise have been able to make the trip to France.) Cannes Shorts will return to the Eventive platform in 2021.

Cannes Shorts is exclusive to FilmFreeway, and all short films are selected from FilmFreeway submissions. The festival especially looks forward to showcasing independent and first-time directors making use of low budgets and indie film spirit.

Cannes Shorts will be celebrating the year's best in short film genre:

Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best LGBT Short
Best Horror Short
Best Sci-Fi Short
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Short Short
Best Music Video

Cannes Short will consider any short film under 50 minutes. The festival considers a Short Short to be under 5 minutes.

Overall Rating
  • Lee Hanson

    This festival was so wonderful! It was so great that they made it online this year so that people all around the world could see the films and stay safe.

    September 2020
  • Mike McDougall

    Delighted to be selected. Very friendly festival organisers.

    September 2020
  • A great film festival! Wonderful crew who genuinely acknowledge the effort we put into making a short film. Thank you for screening my film 'Letting Go' and for all of your support along the way. Much appreciated!!!

    September 2020
  • Vincent McLean

    It was an honor to have been selected and receive awards from this festival. Professional, Positive and Communication was very smooth and responsive. The quality of films I watched were outstanding and proud to be along side them, so thank you CSFF!!! I look forward to attending and supporting the festival and filmmakers next year!

    September 2020
  • Eugenia Fabrizi

    I am very happy that our film was part of the festival. From the first day everyone of the team was friendly and helpful to understand what to do next after being selected! Thanx to everyone! :)

    September 2020