Our latest Live Event last year took place on October 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2022 at the CINÉMA OLYMPIA in the city of CANNES. Take a look at our pictures above!

Over our last editions, our competition was honored to screen Oscar Nominees and Student Oscar Winner films such as ADISA, TALA’VISION, ALA KACHUU, CIERVO, BARKING ORDERS, FEELING THROUGH and so many more. We are aiming to discover new projects for this upcoming season.

TOP 15 MOST POPULAR and part of the TOP 100 BEST REVIEWED FESTIVALS at Filmfreeway, Cannes Indie shorts Awards is an IMDb qualifying event recognized for being a home for new filmmakers that join us in a week live event full of masterclasses, industry professionals meet and greet, Q&A's at our interview point, filmmakers cocktails and USD 6000 in cash prizes in one of the biggest networking short film event.
Outstanding directors and breathtaking casts were part of our latest editions, including: Virginie Effira, Kevin Bacon, Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick, Pauline Chalamet, Ricardo Darín, Oscar nominees Jude Law, Brenda Blethyn and so many more. We thoroughly enjoyed the new visions of directors like Sylvain Begert, Constance Tsang, Katrine Brocks, Phyllis Tam, Niels Schneider, Nash Edgerton, Leo Berne, Raphaël Rodriguez, Maria Brendle, Ariane Boukerche, Marine Laclotte, Maxime Roy, Julien Gaspar-Oliveri, Elie Girard, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Rémi Brachet, Leo Bill and much more.

No other city in Europe honors cinema the way Cannes does, living and breathing throughout the year under its gleaming lights. It is a unique and picturesque historic location alongside the French Riviera where you can experience the entirety of the fantastic film world. Since 1939, it has been THE city of cinema, where you can find not only an abundant amount of talent, but also incredible stars that are welcomed; without any doubt, it is the number-one international market for filmmakers.

We know the importance of having a full house cinema. This is why we are committed to promoting filmmaker’s projects. We consider each event an opportunity for networking with other artists and people from the industry. All our events are complementary for filmmakers and guests.

Aside from any result, by submitting your film you are entitled to 2 VIP Passes with full access to the 5-Day Live Event. This includes, not only the cocktails, but also any and all masterclasses, and all screening blocks and live performances.

All our Official Selection films will receive the Official Laurel and will be screened at our 5-Day Annual Live Event.

Winners will be announced at the end of the event as well as the Audience Award (Cash Prize). Winning films will receive their Certificate of Achievement.
In addition, we will choose a quarterly selection of outstanding projects as semi-finalists who will be invited to participate in our Virtual Event and compete for cash prizes and special invitations to participate at our live event. All semifinalist films will receive their corresponding Laurel.

You do not need to pay extra fees to have your film considered for Technical & Performance awards. Once you submit your film in any Official Competition, it will be reviewed by our screening team and the highest scored films will be selected to be part of our Official Selection and will be considered for all the winning categories.

In the Submission Form, please click on the additional categories you wish to be considered for and add the name of the artist in each of the chosen categories.



1- In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
2- All fees are non-refundable.
3- The Festival relationship will exclusively be related to the film submitter.
4- Maximum length allowed is 40 minutes.
5- Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.
6- INDIE SHORTS AWARDS CANNES will not be responsible for damaged copies.
7- A DCP copy will be requested for the live Events
8- DCP in English must have French subtitles.
DCP in French must have English subtitles.
DCP in other languages must have both English and French subtitles.
9- Students must present a valid Student ID in order to receive our student discount.
10- Not all the submissions are selected for the Official Competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.
11- INDIE SHORTS AWARDS CANNES can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any question regarding this decision you may contact us at our email address:
12- Filmmakers must submit their project in any of the Official Competitions (Narrative, Foreign, Documentary, Animation, New Filmmakers, Experimental, Student, Horror, Comedy, Music Videos). All films submitted in any OFFICIAL COMPETITION categories will be considered in all Technical & Performance Categories with no extra cost. Please attach artist name and discipline at the custom form when submitting your film.
13- A fee is required for the official Competitions Submission. For payment structure visit FILMFREEWAY
14- Submitting your movie, you authorize INDIE SHORTS AWARDS CANNES to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.
15- The applicants (submitters) must accept INDIE SHORTS AWARD CANNES’ Rules and Terms.

Overall Rating
  • I have nothing but thanks for this festival, it was lovely to win an award and to be a part of their future in person event, their communication has been great and they have been super lovely. Great festival to be a part of.

    March 2023
  • Great Festival. It was a pleasure to be part of it!

    February 2023
  • Shengwei Zhou

    Thank you so much for this honor and supper amazing experience in this fest!!!!

    February 2023
  • the best online festival I have attended so far enjoyed other films that were in my category. it really inspired me to continue to grow

    February 2023
  • Honestly, the best festival I've attended. The thought and care that went into everything was just fantastic. The event was organised so well and the staff always had time to talk and remembered everybody's names and submissions. Absolutely loved every second!

    February 2023