Founded in 2014 in the world's most important film destination, the Cannes Short Film Festival celebrates the best of international indie short filmmaking. CSFF brings together filmmakers from around the world for an amazing presentation of cinematic excellence and exciting innovation. Screening more than fifty short films, the 2021 CSFF is will be the 8th sensational annual event dedicated to short filmmaking, from Aug 16 to 23.

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
  • Patrick Dionne

    We are very happy to have participated in this festival. Our film was very well received and we are proud to have won the award for best experimental short film. Thank you!

    November 2021
  • Kenny Foo

    Thank you Cannes Short Film Festival for selecting my film "Corridor" and for awarding it "Best Short Short"! Great program this year and I hope to submit again next year!

    September 2021
  • Miranda Currie

    What a fantastic festival! The organizers were kind and friendly in our communications and the I was honoured that Tails on Ice was selected alongside such a well curated selection of films!

    September 2021
  • Already a top European festival, now at the 8th edition!

    Strongly recommended!

    Amazing experience! Really clean and professional with huge awareness for the films selected at CSFF. Even if the 2021 edition was online due to the pandemic, the accessibility and quality of the streaming was flawless!

    September 2021
  • Eva Lee

    I felt honored to have my experimental short “Sojourners” selected and screened at Cannes Short Film Festival 2021. It was wonderful to see fellow artists’ work, especially “Pills In Water” by Martin Baumann and “The Builder” by Kobi Vogman. Gorgeous and inspiring work! Thank you to Sam and the CSFF team for their excellent programming and coordination.

    September 2021