Welcome to Indie Shorts Awards CANNES

Indie Shorts Awards Cannes is a Top 50 Most Popular festival out of more than 10.000 film festivals.

Indie Shorts Awards Cannes is also an IMDb qualifying event with Public Screenings 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.

All the main categories winners will compete for the Best Short of All (semi annual special award) and will receive a cash prize. We will grant USD 5000 per year in awards (2 semi annual awards of USD2500).

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 “the” 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.

All award winning films will be screened in our public event. All tickets for this live screening will be complimentary for filmmakers and for the audience. Furthermore, the films from the Official Selection will be screened in our Virtual Event.

We are willing to screen your film amongst diverse audiences in order to support you in developing your uprising career, therefore in addition to our public Event in the city of Cannes, we will be launching quarterly virtual online screenings where viewers from all around the world who hold a ticket or invitation will be able to watch the films. Filmmakers will receive courtesy tickets to watch their shorts blocks.

Our professional screeners will privately review your film each quarterly season and the highest scored films will become part of the Official Selection. Then, our international jury will award the best projects of each season. All of them will receive the Official Laurel and an Achievement Certificate and the main categories winners will compete for the Cash Prize Award for the Best Short of All. Winner announcements as well as filmmakers interviews and Q&A 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 promoting filmmaker’s projects. We consider each event 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 Horror Short

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- Students must present a valid Student ID in order to receive our student discount.
7- 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.
8- 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
9- 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.
10- A fee is required for the main category submission and also fees for additional categories. For payment structure visit (FilmFreeway website).
11- The applicants (submitters) must accept INDIE SHORTS AWARDS CANNES Rules and Terms.
12- 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.
13- 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.
14- Maximum length allowed is 40 minutes.
15- The annual prize of usd 3500 will be given once a year to the Best Short of the Year.

Overall Rating
  • Jasper Warry

    Great festival - the fact they kept the festival going online during the pandemic is a huge achievement.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jasper! happy to have you as a participant!

  • Chris Craymer

    I was thrilled to be a part of this wonderful festival. It is beautifully curated and put together. My only disappointment was that I couldn't attend in person due to Covid...but this iOS not their fault. Thank you for all your support!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Chris for your review!

  • Daniela Repas

    Wonderful festival with great talent all around! I am grateful and honored to have participated in 2021 lineup, with hope to be there in person next time.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Daniela, thank you so much for your kind words, it really means a lot to all of our team!, happy to have your film in our lineup!!!😊


    Brilliant festival who really made a huge effort. We were delighted to be a part of this.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Jayney, thank you for your feedback , it really motivates us to keep on screening wonderful movies!!!😊

  • Bernard Kordieh

    Fantastic festival. Excellent communication throughout. Honoured to be a part of it and to be able to shate my work with peopke who really appreciate the art of filmmaking.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Bernard, your words mean so much to us!!! thank you!!!!!