We celebrate short films of all kinds! Now in its 23rd 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.

The guest juror for the upcoming 2020 festival is Mexico City-based artist and writer Miguel Calderón.

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
  • Joseph Clift

    Good communication! Great screenings! This fest rules!

    June 2019
  • Roger Palomino

    This was our first time attending the Aurora Picture Show and submitting to The Extremely Shorts Film Festival. It was an amazing experience seeing our film along with others from the USA and the world come together for this yearly event. I look forward to attending next year!

    June 2019
  • Lam Can-zhao

    I am honoured that my work War For Keyboard Warriors can be selected for Extremely Shorts.
    Looking forward to the next season

    May 2019
  • This festival showcases a wonderful group of filmmakers and shorts. It’s a great place for audience feedback and general screening. Will submit again. I definitely urge submission for filmmakers in Houston. I certainly wish I had this in L.A.

    May 2019
  • Fun, small space for screenings. Great staff and venue, fun shorts.

    May 2019