Welcome to Indie Shorts Awards CANNES
Indie Shorts Awards Cannes is a festival dedicated to international short films of all genres, aiming to find new voices and perspectives to celebrate the power of a good story. We are committed to bring the best of worldwide cinema.

Once a year, the Best Short of the Year will be announced and will receive a USD 3500 cash prize.

No other city in Europe honors the cinema as Cannes does, living and breathing throughout the year under the lights of cinema. It is a unique and picturesque historic location along the French Riviera where you can experience the entirety of the fantastic film world. Since 1939, it has been β€œthe” city of cinema, where you can find as much talent as the stars that it welcomes and without any doubt is the number-one international market for filmmakers.
We are willing to screen your film in different markets amongst diverse audiences, in order to support you in developing your uprising career.

All award winning films will be screened in our public events. All tickets for the screening blocks will be complimentary for filmmakers and for the audience.
Our professional screeners will privately review your film and the highest scored films will become part of the Official Selection. Then, our international jury will award the best projects among them. All of them will receive the official laurel and an achievement certificate.

Winner announcements will be released through our social media to help promote your film.

We know the importance of having a full house cinema. This is why we are committed to promote all our events around the world and present our screenings free of charge.
Each event is an opportunity for networking with other artists and people from the industry.

We proudly announce all our Categories.
Your project might become a multi award winning film!.
Your film will be considered in all the submitted categories.If you submit to an additional category please add name of artist to be considered in that category.

Best Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Student Short
Best First Time Filmmaker Short
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Producer
Best Female Director
Best Male Director
Best Female Student Director
Best Male Student Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best New Actress / Actor
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Screenwriting


1- In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
2- The Festival relationship will exclusively be related to the film submitter.
3- Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.
4- All fees are non-refundable.
5- INDIE SHORTS AWARDS CANNES will not be responsible for damaged copies.
6- A DCP copy of the film is required for the annual gala screening.
7- Students must present a valid Student ID in order to receive our student discount.
8- 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.
9- 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 might contact us at our email address cannes@indieshortsawards.com
10- Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Our Team may suggest the categories that are more suitable for the film to apply. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges' team and no selection is guaranteed.
11- A fee is required for the main category submission and also fees for additional categories. For payment structure visit (FilmFreeway website).
12- The applicants (submitters) must accept INDIE SHORTS AWARDS CANNES Rules and Terms.
13- All submissions in personal categories required the name of the person and the category. You can easily send us this information in the cover letter at FilmFreeway website.
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- Maximum length allowed is 40 minutes.
16- The annual prize of usd 3500 will be given once a year to the Best Short of the Year.

Overall Rating
  • Neera Zaveri

    It is one of the very well organized festivals I have come across. great communication and films at this festival were worth watching and learning. even in the difficult time of Covid, they managed to make me as a filmmaker really involved and part of the festival. Thank you

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Neera!!!! , so grateful for your feedback!!, and congratulations again on your work! 😊😊.

  • Ellen Boscov

    We are happy to be an Official Selection of Indie Shorts Awards Cannes. They have a good social media presence. They are located in a wonderful area and offer cash prizes. They also offered to interview directors and writers of their Official Selection shorts. Due to COVID-19 restrictions their public event this year will be rescheduled for March 2021. But we were notified that cash prizes will be announced much sooner, on Dec. 20. Indie Shorts Awards Cannes are thoughtful and kind.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your review Ellen. We were delighted by FIRST LIGHT. A pleasure to have it on our Official Selection.

  • Polianna Mazzitelli

    We are very honored our short "Sweet Dreams" has been selected and considered for the INDIE SHORTS AWARDS CANNES.
    The organization is awesome, friendly and very communicative, they were very fair in their review, and also very timely in notifying our team of our progress. We are glad to be a part of the festival!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Polianna!, your words mean a lot to us!. Congrats again on your project!!

  • Jason Flakes

    Awesome festival it was my first one.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jason!. Happy to be your first choice!!!.

  • I had the very best experience with Indie Shorts Awards Cannes! Everyone involved is top notch and I am most honoured to partake in this phenomenal festival! They are amazing!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Carla, we really appreciate your feedback. All the best!