Como Shorts is an annual showcase for filmmakers to screen their most promising shorts films that were shot or developed in Missouri, or by creators that resided here. Our intimate screenings in downtown Columbia, MO allows audiences, filmmakers and students to mingle and to enjoy the craft of indie filmmaking Currently, we are planning in-person events for September 23, 24, and 25, 2021 at an outdoor venue in downtown Columbia. Covid precautions will be practiced.

Como Shorts is a non-competitive film festival. Our mission is to bring audiences and filmmakers together to support the art of indie cinema. We host an in-person film pitch contest. The winner of the pitch contest receives vouchers good for $1000 worth of equipment rental, production services and money (a portion of the ticket proceeds) to develop their project. Film pitches are accepted through FilmFreeway.

Projects are judged by a panel of professional filmmakers, educators and experienced volunteers. We all accept all genres (e.g. narrative, music videos, documentaries, animations, experimental etc). Accepted filmmakers will be notified in mid-July.


a) We recommend submissions be 25 minutes or less for ease of programming (although submissions up to 40 minutes are accepted).

b) Films should be in English or have English subtitles.

c) Filmmakers should be willing and able to attend their screening. Lodging for out-of-state travelers can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.

By submitting a film, the submitter agrees that:

1. Como Shorts can use trailer/teaser/film poster/stills or BTS for promotional purposes.
2. Entry fees are non-refundable.
3. The submitter owns all the rights to the film.
4. The submitter cannot withdraw the submission after the official selection announcement.
5. Works in progress will be completed by the Showcase.
6. The submission or submitter has a connection to Missouri. The film was either shot in Missouri or one of the key creators calls this state home.
7. Filmmakers submitting as students should also provide a copy of their student ID card.

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