International Short Film Awards online competition that celebrates film, filmmakers, producers, musicans, actors, screenwriters, photographers and the arts. New York is a city that knows the whole world thanks to film and the most famous film festival.

Every filmmaker dreams that his film will be part of this festival. Our film competition wants to bring new names to the film industry. We want to support new beginning creators. We want to direct them in the right direction towards film art.

The festival collaborates with experts in the field of European film art. We believe that our festival will bring you a lot of joy and happiness from winning and at the same time it will guide you in advancing your profession.

Every filmmaker wants to have a diploma from the ci-ty of New York! That is why we offer you the oppor-tunity to take part in our competition!


Short Film
Animated Short Film
Documentary Short Film
Student Short Film
Experimental Short Film
Drama Short Film
Sci-Fi Short Film
Comedy Short Film
Horror Short Film
Thriller Short Film
Romance Short Film
Indie Short Film 
First-Time Short Film
Super Short Film
LGBT Short Film
Phone Short Film
Web/TV Series


Director Short Film
Director Animated Short
Director Documentary Short
Director Student Short
Director Experimental Short
Director Drama Short
Director Sci-Fi Short
Director Comedy Short
Director Horror Short
Director Thriller Short
Director Romance Short
Director Indie Short Film
Director First-Time Short Film
Director Super Short Film
Director Phone Short Film


Best Actor Short Film
Best Actress Short Film
Best Actor Indie Short Film
Best Actress Short Film
Best Child/Young Actor
Best Child/Young Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Duo
Best Ensemble


Best Cinematography Short Film
Best Editing Short Film
Best Production Short Film
Best Sound Design Short Film
Best Visual Effects Short Film
Best Film Song
Best Costume
Best Makeup Artist


Best Original Screenplay Short Film
Best Original Screenplay Indie Short Film
Best Original Screenplay Student Film


Best Super Short Script (under 10 pages)
Best Short Script (under 30 pages)
Best Medium-Length Script (under 60 pages)
Best First Time Screenwriter (Short Screenplay)


Best Television Script
Best Drama Screenplay
Best Comedy Screenplay
Best Thriller Screenplay
Best Horror Screenplay
Best Fantasy Screenplay
Best Action Screenplay
Best Sci-Fi Screenplay
Best LGBT Screenplay


Best Music Video
Best Animation Music Video
Best Experimental Music Video
Best Dance Music Video


Best Director Music Video
Best Male Director Music Video
Best Female Director Music Video
Best First-Time Director Music Video
Best Actor Music Video
Best Actress Music Video


Best Film Poster
Best Film Picture

​1. All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 52 minutes.
2. All films that are not in English, must have English language subtitles.
3. Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted.
4. The decision of the festival selection committee will be final.
5. The excerpts from films send for International ShortFilm Awards can be shown on the our social networks.
6. Films that are submitted must be the entrant’s original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third Parties. Contestants agree that they have obtained all required copyright permissions regarding music, sound & images. etc presented in their film.
7. International Short Film Awards organizers reserve rights change, cancel or re-schedule the dates, venue, awards & categories without consent or information to contestants.
8. The organizers reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes.

Overall Rating
  • Joe Chang

    International short festival awards is a great film festival, even during a pandemic! Thank you so much!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Joe, thank you for the kind words and thank you for sharing your incredible work with us. You honor us with submissions. Best wishes.

  • Our team had a great time. We’ll be back with future projects. Highly recommend.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dwight, thanks for your wonderful review. We hope to hear more of your great work soon. Much thanks and best wishes.

  • What a huge event! International Short Film Awards provides a great experience for every filmmakers. You can be sure that your movie is going to be judged by an excellent crew, who truly takes care for cinema. Everything was ok. My short film "Tell Me Who I Am" ("Dimmi chi sono") won the Best Drama Short Film Award and I feel very pleased about it... thanks so much to the Jury! I definitively recommend this event to everyone who wants a real great Film Festival experience!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Luca, thanks for your wonderful review. We hope to hear more of your great work soon. Much thanks and best wishes.

  • Great festival in my honest opinion

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Federico, thank you so much!

  • Great opportunity for independent filmmakers to get their works recognized by an international film loving community. Will definitely submit again in the future! Thanks for the honor!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Alexander, thank you for the kind words and thank you for sharing your incredible work with us. You honor us with submissions. Best wishes.