The LA Shorts awards is a monthly awards competition that allows filmmakers from all over the world to enter their short films to get it judged by industry professionals and compete with other filmmakers. We accept short films of every genre.

We have a very high quality standard and only award the best independent filmmakers. The award winners will be listed on our website and will automatically compete for the “Film of the year” award in December.

Every submission can add numerous additional judging categories.

We are an official event on IMDb.

· Best Short Film
· Best Director
· Best Actor
· Best Actress
· Best Screenplay
· Best Original Score
· Best Cinematography
· Best Special Effects
· Best Animation
· Best Original Music / Score
· Best Visual FX
· Best Editing
· Best Makeup
· Best Title / Credit Design
· Best Lighting

· Entries must be in English or - Subtitled, dubbed in English.
· Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.
· Every submission must have a main category and can add optional judging categories
· All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway. Please don't send discs or any downloadable files to us.
· Works in progress are accepted
· Entries will not be returned
· Entry fees are non-refundable

Overall Rating
  • Tatiana Shanks

    Thank you L.A. Shorts Awards! Far Away Places won Platinum Award Best Short Film, Platinum Awards Best Director, Best Actor (Female), Diamond Award Best Score Mark Spiro & Toni Cornell.
    We are so grateful! Thank you for the great communication!

    September 2018
  • Lisa Bluthal

    How wonderful to be acknowledged by this excellent LA festival.It is so great to have so many categories to enter, and such swift responses! Thank you... I wish i was in LA!

    September 2018
  • Dieter Grohmann

    couldn't travel there, which makes sad, as the festival seemed super nice and interesting

    September 2018
  • While i am highly appreciative of my award for Best Short Script, there was very little communication, or networking opportunity. This is not a criticism but rather a note for future reference. A rather unfulfilling event.

    September 2018
  • Keith Large

    Superb festival which is excellent for getting your film noticed. Organizers are very good with communication and correspondence. A festival I would certainly recommend submitting to.

    September 2018