We celebrate short films of all kinds! Now in its 22nd year, the Extremely Shorts Film Festival is a juried competition of all genres of short films and videos (3 minutes or less) from around the world.

Extremely Shorts is organized by Houston media arts organization Aurora Picture Show, and juried by guest artists, filmmakers, and curators. Each year, 20-25 short works are selected to screen at the two-day festival, held in late-May. The short format of the festival encourages innovative approaches to filmmaking in a range of genres including narrative, experimental, documentary, and animation.

Juror's Choice cash award (main program): $225
Audience Choice cash award (main program): $225

Rules: To be considered for entry, your film must be under 3 minutes long, including titles.

Terms & Conditions:

• Your film/video will be screened during the Extremely Shorts Film Festival and will be eligible to win a filmmaker award.

• Your film/video may be utilized for promotional purposes of the festival, limited to private screenings and preview-only copies for press and supporters.

• A sample clip of my film/video (up to 30 seconds in length) may be promoted via the Aurora Picture Show web site and Vimeo or YouTube non-profit channels, unless otherwise arranged with Aurora.

• The filmmaker will permit Aurora Picture Show to use their name and stills from my film/video (at least one print-quality version provided upon request) for promotional purposes.

• The filmmaker has the option to give permission for your film to be included on a touring program and in the Aurora Video Library. Filmmakers are always contacted prior to any additional screening.

Overall Rating
  • Jenny Stark

    I've been showing my work at this festival for 20 years! I can't say enough great things about it. If you can visit Houston. The space is great and you can take in some amazing art during the day. Just go!

    August 2018
  • Ken Sullivan

    This was a lovely festival with brilliant, nice people throughout.

    May 2018
  • Jim Lively

    I appreciate the opportunity to have participated in the festival. It was a wonderful experience. The festival was well attended and I love the venue. Thanks to everyone involved!

    May 2018
  • Bill Sandidge

    The festival played to a sold out crowd in a great venue and screened 24 excellent short films . The organizers were extremely helpful in determining the best possible resolution for showing my film .It was a wonderful experience from start to finish.

    May 2017
  • No comment, Very fair and effective.Congratulation for success .

    May 2017