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. Mostly short films. 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
  • We are thrilled to have screened at the Door County Short Film Festival. The selection of films was enjoyable to watch and the venue was amazing. Our film, Junkin', was well received by a large audience and we were happy to take home the juried award. This is an excellent festival and I would be happy to submit another film in the future.

    June 2023
  • We had such a great experience at this festival! We were thrilled to have our film The 500 Project in the 2023 festival and take home the Audience Choice Award. Chris and the whole team had great communication and the new venue was beautiful this year. We look forward to coming back soon!

    February 2023
  • I was delighted to have my film The Extinction of Up selected for the 2022 festival. It's a well organized event run by kind people. I enjoyed my Zoom Q&A interview for the online fest, and was particularly thrilled to win the Audience Award for Best Short Film. I will definitely submit again.

    March 2022
  • Justin Ayd

    We were thrilled to have our film "Hugo" selected to screen at the 2021 DCSFF, and enormously honored that it ultimately won the Jurors Award for Best Short Film. As we're approaching the one-year anniversary of suddenly saying goodbye to Hugo, the award is a bittersweet gift and heartwarming reminder that people continue to connect with our story. Thank you very much to Festival Director Chris Opper and the Festival Jury.

    March 2021
  • I was very happy to have "Love Lives in a Void" selected. While I was relieved that the the festival went forward online, I do hope to make it to this festival in person one day soon because Door County is one of my fave places in the world. Submit now to this wonderful festival

    February 2021