#FilmsForTheCulture stands out as a distinctive film festival proudly brought to you by Gulf Coast Short Film Fest, featured within the Gulf Coast Culture Fest in Pensacola, Florida.

Conceived with the aim of spotlighting short films from a range of talented filmmakers across the Gulf Coast and neighboring regions, the festival emphasizes the importance of diversity in both cast and crew of the submitted films.

Our festival serves as a valuable platform for independent filmmakers to showcase their work, fostering a vibrant community of creative voices.

With four successful years under its belt, #FilmsForTheCulture is on a trajectory of continual growth, expanding its impact and influence with each passing year.

1st Place: Best Film
2nd Place: Runner-Up


The recipient of this award will be determined through votes cast by the festival's attending audience members.

✓ All films submitted must consist of a diverse cast and/or crew.

✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

✓ All films must have been made in or after 2021.

✓ Short films must not exceed 20 minutes.

✓ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

✓ By submitting to us, you give us consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances, online screening.

✓ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

✓ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through email and our online platforms.

✓ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

✓ We do not accept partial screeners, trailers, or screener links that require access other than password protected links.

✓ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

✓ We cannot provide refunds.

Programming decisions are made by the festival directors and our selection committee. If accepted, we will notify filmmakers by email.

Be sure to indicate aspect ratio of your film/video as well as any other special screening/presentation information we might need to know. We do not pay rental fees for submitted work that is programmed.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival, great time! I highly recommend!

    July 2023
  • Karry Johnson

    I am so honored to have been chosen to participate in this festival! The organizers were very professional and welcoming. They showed me nothing but respect and welcomed me with open arms. I cannot wait to participate again!

    May 2023
  • Bil Richardson

    A great small outdoor film festival. The creators’ work is treated with respect and the organizers do a great job. I’m glad I participated and hope to again.

    May 2023