Literally Short is an event initiated by our drive to bridge all cultures onto one collaborative stage that stimulates international artistic expression. Our mission is to promote innovative approaches to social change through the arts and cultural influences. Our passion for film lies in its exquisite capacity to merge a multitude of arts into one vision; thus, Literally Short Film Festival seeks to dissolve all geographical boundaries into one platform that equally voices all cultures.


- Narrative Short
- Documentary Short
- Animation Short
- Texas Short Films
- Texas Student Short Films

Grand Jury Prize:


Best Picture:


Award of Excellence:


Best of Narrative Shorts

Best of Documentary Shorts

Best of Animated Shorts

Best of Texas Shorts

*(Filmmaker or representative must be in attendance to receive cash prizes.)*
**(Bank transfer costs NOT included)**

Films may not be publicly available online prior to submission, and winning films may not be made publicly available online until after the festival.

All categories are competitive.

All genres are accepted. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2018.

Maximum film duration: 25:00 minutes (including credits).

Literally Short Film Festival does not provide screening fees.

Winner (or representative) of top 3 prizes must be in attendance to receive the cash prize. Funding of the top three prizes will only be available if the filmmaker acknowledges and responds to the prize package before the first day of the festival event.

By submitting a film to the Literary Short Film Festival (LSFF), filmmaker grants permission to the LSFF to screen the film, in whole or in part, for any or all promotions, compilations, screenings, and at any events sponsored or co-sponsored by Literal Magazine including but not limited to the film festival. Accepted films may not screen online prior to the film festival once they have been submitted. The filmmaker submitting the film hereby warrants that he/she/it is over the age of 18, and is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Filmmaker agrees that all rights and permissions for any materials contained within said entry, including all music rights, photographs, film clips, voice recordings, have been granted, and Filmmaker will indemnify and hold LSFF harmless from any or all disputes and claims that may arise from these rights and permissions granted.

Overall Rating
  • A highly professional, well organized and communicative festival! Thank you so much! We can't wait to send you some new shorts from Warsaw Film School, for the next festival edition. Keep up the amazing work!

    March 2019
  • tibo travers

    Probably one of the most hospitable and well organised film festival I ever attended. Also a fantastic programme, and really proud to have been part of such a great line up. Thanks a lot Literally Short!!!

    June 2018
  • Alberto Govela

    The best part of the Literally short film festival is the films. You can tell from the selection that the curatorial team love film and take their job to heart. The festival experience as a spectator is great. Great selection of films in a great venue. As a filmmaker is top notch. Usually, the jury is comprised of filmmakers and film programmers of renowned festivals in Mexico and US. There are some networking and PR opportunities arranged by the festival with US and Mexican magazines, tv networks, etc.. and the hospitality by the organizers is amazing. I wouldn't be surprised if this becomes one of the top short film festivals in the U.S. in the near future.

    July 2017
  • Pia Andell

    Literally Short Film Festival is a young, well curated, fairly small and immensely friendly festival, where guests are really taken good care of and things are well thought of. Fairly big prizes for the winners, too. A really good experience, I must say.

    June 2017
  • Patrick Smith

    Great festival experience. I would recommend getting to this festival before it becomes HUGE. Loris is a visionary festival director, who focus's on the films and filmmakers, taking the whole event to heart. See you there next year!

    June 2017