LA Shorts International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious and largest international short film festivals in the world.

The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. 58 LA Shorts filmmakers have earned Academy Award® nominations, with 15 taking home the Oscar.

Now in its 24th year, LA Shorts is the longest-running short film festival in Los Angeles. The festival screens over 300 films and attracts over 10,000 attendees each year including Hollywood industry professionals and emerging independent filmmakers.

LA Shorts is an official qualifying event for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) short film awards. Award-winners at the festival are eligible to win BAFTA's

LA Shorts is recognized by The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT) presenters of the Canadian Screen Awards.

Those who have been honored at the festival include directors, Jon Favreau, Paul Haggis, Bryan Singer, Jan de Bont, Shane Black, and actors Gary Oldman, James Woods, Martin Landau and Richard Dreyfuss. Many recognized actors and directors have screened films and attended the festival such as Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Courteney Cox, Tim Burton, Jason Reitman, Terry Gilliam, Spike Jonze, Eva Mendes, Jessica Biel, Rachel Weisz, Hilary Swank, Josh Brolin, Kirsten Dunst, Rita Wilson, Ralph Macchio, Ricky Gervais, Vin Diesel, John Stamos, Matthew Modine, Dean Cain, Robin Wright and many many more.

The film programming screens all genres from a wide spectrum of categories with high to low budget films under 50 minutes. From recognizable directors and celebrity actors to students from the finest film schools and high school teenagers- they're all here to celebrate the art (and business) of short-form cinema!

The 24th annual LA Shorts International Film Festival will include Opening Night Gala, Closing Night Awards, Industry Sessions & Workshops, Parties. Film Screenings will be at L.A. LIVE Regal Cinemas and the Laemmle NoHo Theatres.

L.A. LIVE is a sports & entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles adjacent to Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring Microsoft Theatre and The Novo, the Grammy Museum, the 14-screen Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theatre, and ESPN broadcasting studios

British Academy of Film and Television Arts BAFTA Qualifying
Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT) Canadian Screen Awards Qualifying

Best of Fest*
Best Foreign Film*
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Animation*
Best Experimental
Best Documentary*

Best Music Video
Best High School Film
Best Web Series

Best New Chinese Filmmaker

Best Actor
Best Actress


Films must NOT have screened in Los Angeles county prior to our festival. We will factor in previous screenings in the Los Angeles area when determining a film's selection.
Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2019.
Non-English films must have English subtitles.
Films must be submitted via online screener.
Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the festival.
Do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will ask for promotional materials at that time.

You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay entry fee for each film.

Overall Rating
  • Stephanie Willis

    This is one of the best festivals I've attended. It was very polished, communication was great, and they had networking events for the filmmakers to meet and get to know each other. The festival team was also very friendly and helpful.

    January 2020
  • Dana Koops

    LA Shorts is absolutely one of the best and most worthwhile festivals available. My screenwriting short film WAKING LIFE world premiered the same year my daughter's directorial debut short film DRIVER'S ED LA premiered, and we were both blown away at the professionalism, the communication, the care, and the orginization. It is a true filmmakers filmmaker festival.

    September 2019
  • Ysabel Li

    It's a great honor to have my short selected. Hope to be here again next year!

    August 2019
  • Bill Hoversten-Davis

    Top-notch venues to screen the films. The organizers also provided opportunities for filmmaker networking and camaraderie at the theaters and at nearby establishments. A superb experience!

    August 2019
  • Marc Cartwright

    A really wonderful turnout for the festival. I enjoyed the quality of films selected and the environment was very supportive for filmmakers.

    August 2019