We celebrate short films! Now in its 21st year, the Extremely Shorts Film Festival is a juried competition of all genres of short films and videos (3 minutes of less) from around the world.

This festival 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 for exhibition at a two-day screening event in 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

Youth program winners receive a certificate for Juror's Choice and Audience Choice.

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 Nonprofit 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
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    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
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    Carolyn Sortor

    I'm a long-time, long-distance fan of Aurora Picture Show and was delighted and honored to have my work selected. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the screening so my Hospitality and Networking ratings are hypothetical, but my experience in the other categories was first-rate. I hope some day to have the chance to thank everyone in person for their terrific work on this festival and in general!

    May 2017
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    Dave Merson Hess

    Very happy to have been included in Extremely Shorts 2017. Thank you, and congrats on 20 years!

    May 2017
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    Mazin Sherabayani

    Excellent, film festival, communication was great and staff were very helpful.

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Mazin,

    I was wondering why you gave us a low rating? Is there something I can do to help you?

    Mary Magsamen