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.
National & International Short Films
All genres accepted for this category (see Rules & Terms).
Local & Fresh
Texas Short Films
Films eligible for this category must be written or directed by a Texas resident; or produced in the state of Texas. All genres accepted (see Rules & Terms).
México Lindo y Querido
Mexico Short Films
Films eligible for this category must be written or directed by a Mexicna resident; or produced in the country of Mexico. All genres accepted (see Rules & Terms).
Israeli Short Films
In collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Houston, this category includes films written or directed by an Israeli filmmaker; or produced in the country of Israel. All genres accepted (see Rules & Terms).
Awards & Prizes
Grand Jury Prize:
(Filmmaker or representative must be in attendance to receive prize.)
Award of Excellence:
Best of International Voices
Best of Local & Fresh
Best of Mexico Shorts
Best of Animations Corner
**(Bank transfer costs NOT included)**
Rules & Terms
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, 2017.
Maximum film duration: 25:00 minutes (including credits).
Filmmakers must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Winner (or representative) of Grand Jury Prize must be in attendance to receive 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.
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.