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

Best of Narrative Shorts

Best of Documentary Shorts

Best of Animated Shorts

Best of Texas Shorts

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, 2019.

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

Literally Short Film Festival DOES NOT provide screening fees.

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
  • I have attended Literally Short Film Festival twice and I can say it is a great Film Festival! The team is like a family, the audience is warm and eager to watch films (live action, animation, documentaries), the place where the screenings take place is just different and awesome. It feels like being at home.
    I highly recommend you to submit your films. You won’t regret it!

    June 2020
  • We absolutely loved this fest. Fun and different approach than your average film festival. They had artists displaying work on the walls and had a poetry group out to write custom poetry for people! A lot of international films which was really cool to see, all around a great fest. The communication was great and we had an all around great time. Would definitely attend again.

    June 2019
  • Leonardo Nussenzveig

    This festival was so fun to attend! Nice people and great quality films. The after-parties were a ton of fun too! The festival staff was so down to earth often participating in discussions with the other filmmakers. By the end of the festival, I felt like I was part of a family.

    June 2019
  • 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