About Us:

This is a festival that runs by a group of volunteers with the hope of making the festival as inclusive as a possible. We have one central belief: We do believe that cinema is the product of mass culture; it was created with the hope of making culture available to more people. This great value of a festival has been lost, and cinema has become a commodity in the global market service. We don’t like this. We hope to act against this trend. In our festival, we do our best to be as inclusive as possible.

Each round, the submitted projects are judged by a random team of invited experts from academia and film industry, against a high standard of merit. Every submission can add additional judging categories (via multiple submissions). The name(s) to be credited should be included in the cover letter or sent by email. All projects officially selected will receive the official laurel. We will also select few of them for our physical event which takes place at Logan Theatre.

Categories & Fees

Best Us Short
Best International Short
Best Student Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Animated Short
Best Horror Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Thriller
Best Male Director
Best Female Director
Best Short Script
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best First Time Director
Best Music in Short
Best Cinematography in Short
Best Women Emancipation Project
Best Human Right's Short

- All films must be the original work of the filmmakers and all filmmakers must have the necessary rights.

The festival reserves the right to change the programming without notice.

-Short films need to be under 50 min

-We accept only short films

- All films that are not in English, must have English language subtitles.

-Send us proof of registration as a student if you want to submit as a student filmmaker

-Send us proof of registration as a student if you want to submit as a student filmmaker

-You can get in touch with us through emails, but please give us five business days before hearing back.

-We only accept films made after 2020

Overall Rating
  • Thanks for the Chicago Shorts Film Festival, from your film festival, I have found kindness, encouragement, efficient work ,enthusiasm... that gave me a lot of gains.

    March 2024
  • David Llauger Meiselman

    How Cool is it to win again for music!!!! Thank you soooo much Chicago Shorts.... I knew that my hometown won't let me down... You guys are wonderful thanks again.

    August 2023
  • While I was unable to attend due to a prior commitment, I'm very happy to have been part of this festival and awarded best male director! I will definitely keep your festival on my short list and hope to attend in the future.

    July 2023
  • Nathan Falkenstein

    Excellent venue, we had a great time.

    December 2022