The Door County Short Film Festival is a grass roots, community driven event with goals of: encouraging the creation of moviemaking; establishing and hosting a winter event in beautiful Door County Wisconsin; entertaining and benefiting residents, visitors and businesses.
Door County is a great place to "get away from it all" in the middle of winter and watch some wonderful films from all over the world.

Our audience chosen, best of the fest award is the Coffee Mug Award. It is hand crafted by a local potter Larry "Thor" Thoreson of Gills Rock Stoneware and truly is a one of a kind award.

Jurors Award. Also a mug crafted by Larry "Thor" Thoreson of Gills Rock Stoneware. This award is chosen by a panel of filmmakers and film enthusiasts.

We are looking for all types of films. No less than 1 minute. No more than 20 minutes. However we do, on occasion, add a feature length film into the mix.

Filmmakers hold the responsibility to obtain all copyrights included in film. DCSFF will not be held responsible for any copyright infringements.

All films accepted into next years festival are subject to be used in promotional exhibits leading up to the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Erik Gernand

    I was very sorry to not be able to attend! I was extremely glad that my short SUNDOWN played there though.

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review Erik. Many people commented to me afterward how much they enjoyed your film!

  • Joe Chvala

    Wonderful festival, lovely people and really great films in one of the most gorgeous places in the world. What is not to like? Thank you Chris Opper and thank you Larry "Thor " Thoreson for the beautiful hand--crafted award for COOKAPHONY.

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Joe! It was a pleasure to meet you and to show your wonderful film!

  • Joe Kraemer

    As a native Wisconsinite, I cannot express enough how much film festivals like this supporting local filmmakers matter and are appreciated. So thank you for giving us that platform! All the social media from the fest looks great and well attended. I hope to submit with another film in the future.

    March 2019
  • They had a few technical issues day of, but this is a great little festival in a beautiful area. We enjoyed attending and seeing a lot of solid short films, both narrative and documentary. It is a well supported festival with great hospitality and communication, and well worth submitting to!

    February 2019
  • Earl Martin

    This was my first time at this festival and I'm so glad I could go. It was an honor to have two films screening this year and very rewarding to hear the crowd respond to my stories. The community is very friendly and I hope to make it back again someday. Chris Opper, the festival director, is a great communicator. He and his staff do a great job!

    February 2019