UPDATE ** Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Seoul, the Screening sessions for December 8th will be reprogrammed as an Online Event. Further details about the Event, will be announced soon.

Welcome to Indie Shorts Awards SEOUL

Our mission is to discover talented filmmakers from all over the world and help them promote and showcase their work.

Indie Shorts Awards Seoul 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.

As the capital of South Korea, dynamic Seoul is a bewitching mix of ancient and modern, with an outstanding growing film industry packaged in a surprisingly compact metropolis.
In the last decade, their directors have stepped up, creating a powerful and pungent body of work that is moving out into the wider world. Unthinkable not to mention Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite and Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan, with lots of achievements in these last years.

Ideal for a new generation of brilliant film directors to attract international interest.

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.

We will also be awarding the Best Short of the year with a prize of USD 2500 and the Best New Filmmaker with a prize of USD 1000. (The annual prize of usd 2500 will be given once a year to the best film chosen from INDIE SHORTS AWARDS Miami, Cannes, New York, Seoul and Buenos Aires . Same as the annual prize of usd 1000 for Best New Filmmaker).

Winner announcements will be released on December 15 th through our social media to help promote your film.


We proudly announce all our Categories.

Your project might become a multi award winning film!.

In order to apply to any additional category, the film must be submitted in a MAIN 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 Artist
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 SEOUL 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 SEOUL 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 seoul@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 SEOUL 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 SEOUL 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 2500 will be given once a year to the best film chosen from
INDIE SHORTS AWARDS Cannes, Miami, New York, Seoul and Buenos Aires. Same as the annual prize of usd 1000 for Best New Filmmaker.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for considering my film. It is really an honor to be associated with the Festival. I am pleased with the quick response I got pertaining to certain queries I had before submission of the film.
    I wish the Festival Team all the very best.

    December 2020
  • The programmers are extremely responsive and always helpful. I had such a great time being a part of this festival. Indie Shorts Awards Seoul made me feel like I was truly part of the program! I'm grateful for this fest and I highly recommend it.

    December 2020
  • Very happy to be a part of this festival, communication and everything thing was pleasant.

    December 2020
  • A competition on excellent standard. Amazing communication, great organization. Good quality of selection. I recommend it!

    December 2020
  • Aurelie Garon

    Thank you to the Indie Shorts Awards Seoul Team!

    December 2020