Due to Covid-19 related issues, Clean Shorts 2021 has been rescheduled for May 7-8!
We appreciate your understanding.
See you soon!

The 7th Annual Clean Shorts Film Festival will take place March 26-27, 2021, on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw, Oklahoma.

Our spacious seminar center will be the main stage where every single official selection will screen. Multiple other screening venues will allow attendees many opportunities to view out selections, including the extremely popular "Nominees On Demand" screening room!

We love to cater to our guests. One way we do this is allowing you to order food from your mobile device and having it delivered to your seat, so you never have to miss a moment of the great films.

Clean Shorts Film Festival is an excellent opportunity for independent filmmakers to screen their films to a welcoming audience in a hospitable environment on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center, nestled in the wooded rural area of Choctaw, Oklahoma.

Clean Shorts is established for filmmakers who are open to producing films that are appropriate for a wide array of audiences, and rewards those whose creativity excels in various categories.

Clean Shorts thrives to create a climate that nurtures filmmaker networking and camaraderie with the added excitement of competition. Our goal is to stimulate the passion of veteran and aspiring filmmakers bringing them together to expand the growth of the independent film industry.

To conclude the festival Saturday night, we will host an Awards Ceremony, in which top films will receive the custom made Rusty Reel Award!

Don’t miss out on one of the coolest, filmmaker-oriented festivals on the circuit!

The Top Films and Photographs in each category will receive custom trophies designed and manufactured at EOC Technology Center.

* Best Gym Short (High School)
* Best Okie Gym Short (Oklahoma High School)
* Best Varsity Short (College)
* Best Shorty Short
* Best Petitie Short
* Best Medium Short
* Best XL Short
* Best Music Video
* Best Oklahoma Short
* Best Documentary Short
* Best Animated Short
* Best Foreign Short
* Audience Choice

- Film Categories may vary, based on submitted films.

Photography Categories:

* Photography - Cityscape
* Photography - Ruralscape
* Photography - Wildlife
* Photography - Social Distancing
* Photography - Student Open Topic

Clean Shorts Film Festival Rules:

Photography Contest:

New this year is the Clean Shorts Film Festival Photography Challenge.

Each year we have a photo gallery, showcasing the best of our student photography students. Now, we want to show off your work.

Submit your best images in 5 separate categories. There is no submission limit, so send us as many images as you’d like.

Photography Rules:

Submitter must own the copyright to the submission.

All photographs accepted will meet the festival guidelines, with strict adherence to the following:

• No Nudity
• No Vulgar Content
• No Gore
• No Adult Oriented Material

Images should be appropriate for all audiences.

Images must be High Resolution JPG

Image format: 11” x 16” x 300 px/in

Submission Limit: None

Clean Shorts Film Festival will print and matte the top images in each category, to display in our photo gallery silent auction.

By submitting, you give Clean Shorts Film Festival permission to print your image and use it in a silent auction. All funds collected will go to the EOC Tech Digital Media Class Fund. Winning Photographers will receive a custom trophy based on judges scoring.

Please do not submit images with copyright watermarks or signature watermarks. If your image is a finalist, we will work with you to get the watermark on the image before we print it for the gallery.


All genres will be accepted for entry with the exception of adult subject matter.

All films accepted will meet the festival guidelines, which is based on the motion picture rating system, PG rating, with strict adherence to the following:

• No Vulgarity
• No F*Bombs
• No Nudity
• No Gore
• No Adult Oriented Material

Films should be appropriate for all audiences.

Foreign Language Films must have English Subtitles.

Official Selections will be based on adherence to the Clean Shorts Film Festival Guidelines, Judges Scoring Process, and the discretion of the Clean Shorts Film Festival Organizing Committee.

Clean Shorts Film Festival encourages filmmaker's to submit family oriented films. All genres will be accepted, including but not limited to Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Animation, etc.

Many customized awards including student film awards, and music video awards will be presented to filmmakers during the Awards Program on the closing night of our festival.

Entry & Screening:

Entry & Screening materials will not be returned unless paid shipping is provided. Entries may be submitted in the following formats: DVD, Data DVD, Blu-Ray, USB drive or digital transfer. Entry fees must be in U.S. Dollars and received in form of U.S. Bank Check or Money Order. Online payments are also accepted through Filmfreeway.com.

Entry fees are non-negotiable and non-refundable.

All entries selected for screening receive two (2) event passes in addition to other benefits.

Clean Shorts Film Festival does not accept pornography, gore or vulgarity.

Accepted entries will be requested to provide additional materials including Digital Poster, Filmmaker-Director Bio, High Resolution Color stills, and a Cast/Credit information sheet.

Clean Shorts will contact applicants at various times regarding their film, thus an e-mail address is required.

Screening dates, times and number of screenings is at the sole discretion of the festival programmer.

By digitally signing and submitting an entry, submitter expressly agrees to be bound by the terms of the official rules and regulations including but not limited to release of their submission. Additionally, submitter expressly states that he/she/they have the authority to waive any interest, right, or claim of any other party may have with regard to their interest in the submission. Further, submitter expressly agrees to defend and hold Clean Shorts Film Festival harmless from any claim arising out the use or release of the submission.

Overall Rating
  • Lori Potts

    This was such a fun festival. I really appreciated the way the organizer's rolled with the punches that 2020 brought. They kept us aprised of all the changes that occured.
    Overall great festival.

    August 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words Lori. Covid threw a wrench into the mix, but we all found a way to persevere.

  • Joel Berry

    This festival (Ben H.) did a great job pivoting in light of COVID-19. They worked hard to assure that the filmmakers had their films screened and celebrated and I was pleased to screen here.

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Joel! The pandemic didn't make it easy. We appreciate you being a part of the festival.

  • Great festival! Super organized! Loved it!

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the great review Sophie!

  • Overall, a great experience with excellent communication. A perfect entry point for new filmmakers and animators.

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the great review Landon!

  • A great communication all the way.
    A Festival I am proud of my movie "That thing between us" was a part of.
    I whould wish it all the best

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the great review Dave!