The Love Your Shorts Film Festival celebrates short films in Sanford, Florida (located just twenty minutes north of Orlando).

We screen only short films under 30 minutes in length. Films are divided into different blocks for screening and the audience votes for their favorites.

The winning films from each block advance to a final block for a panel of judges to pick the overall festival winner. Winners of each block earn the festival's award, the "Monroe," an original piece of metal artwork named after Sanford's Lake Monroe.

At the end of each block a brief Q&A session is conducted between the filmmakers and audience members.

During the weekend LYSFF also hosts:
- Education Day, designed for seasoned and amateur filmmakers
- Opening Night Party exclusive to filmmakers and sponsors
- Filmmakers Panel
- Sunday Filmmakers Brunch
- After Party at one of Sanford's famous watering holes

To support, promote and recognize the art of short film and its artists.

The winner of each competition block will receive a cash prize of $400 and our prized accolade called the "Monroe," which is an original piece of metal artwork.

Four Monroe awards will be given for Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Scene, Best Cinematography and Best Actor/Actress.

The Best of the Fest winner will receive a Monroe award and a cash prize of $1,500.

1. The Love Your Shorts Film Festival welcomes short films in any style up to 30 minutes long. The year of production does not matter.

2. Films are divided into 8 blocks for screening: Opening Night, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Florida Flavor, Sci-Fi, Horror and "E" for Everyone. Audience members at each block vote for their favorite film. The winning films from each block advance to a final block for a panel of judges to pick the overall festival winner. Winners of each block earn the festival's award, the "Monroe," an original piece of metal artwork named after Sanford's Lake Monroe.

3. A film can only be submitted to ONE category (it is unnecessary to submit one film into multiple categories). A filmmaker may submit multiple films, but is responsible for submitting each individually and paying appropriate submission fees for each film.

4. The Florida Flavor category is open to films either made primarily in Florida, or films made anywhere by a filmmaker that is a resident of Florida during the film's production.

5. Entrants must submit their short film(s) via Filmfreeway's online screening system. DVD copies will not be accepted.

6. Officially selected films will be notified on or before January 1, 2018.

7. All officially selected films must submit at least 1 high-resolution still for use in festival publications.

8. Festival organizers reserve the right to show officially selected films in any film block and/or to show officially selected films in more than one film block.

9. All submission fees must be paid in US funds. All submissions are final, no refunds will be issued.

10. By submitting to the Love Your Shorts Film Festival, submitter gives permission to the festival to allow the film to be shown to attending press, at festival parties and at other festival related events.

The individual or corporation (entrant) submitting the film to the Love Your Shorts Film Festival (LYSFF) hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening. Please ensure if you are submitting a film that contains copyrighted material by anyone other than yourself, that you have obtained festival clearance for that material used. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the LYSFF, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to submitted material. The burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright, trademark, rights of privacy, publicity or any other proprietary rights rests with the entrant. The entrant shall bear the sole liability for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission. If your work is accepted into the LYSFF you agree to allow us to use all or a portion of your film (including images, sound and clips) within our promotions and screenings; and you allow us to provide your film to media in promotion of your film and the festival. We may, at our discretion, transfer all or a portion of your submitted work to a compilation for festival screening which may be used for festival promotional purposes. You have read and agree to our general rules and terms and conditions. You agree that failure to adhere to any of the general rules or terms and conditions may result in disqualification for which no refund for entry fee(s) is due.

Overall Rating
  • I can't say enough about Love Your Shorts in how great this festival was. As a filmmaker, this festival made me feel so welcomed and respected. It seemed like the entire town of Sanford came out to support all the films and their representatives. The theater is awesome and crowds a plenty. Gene, Nancy, Matt, Chris, Brian, Edith, Christina , and TOM the bartender were so awesome. (Great Filmmaker Lounge!) They really do treat you like a rock star! A big thank you to all the staff, volunteers and people of Sanford!

    February 2019
  • Yifei Wang

    I would say this is the best film festival among all, the team members have been very helpful and I was really enjoyed myself over there, met Some great film makers and had a lot of fun. Special thank to Brian who helped me with my invitation letter ^_^ , so if you are an oversea filmmaker who wants to attend American film festival, this is the one you have to try!

    February 2018
  • Sarah Holland

    Everyone at Love Your Shorts was incredibly welcoming, and it was an honor to have my work screened at the charming Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. Filmmakers are treated very well, and access to the VIP lounge provides plenty of opportunity to network and converse with other filmmakers. I had the additional privilege of speaking on their filmmakers panel, which was enlightening and a lot of fun! Thanks for everything!

    February 2018
  • Fred Zara

    What a wonderful festival LYSFF is. Sanford has a great small town feel and plays a terrific host to this awesome festival. If you are a short film maker or just love to watch shorts, you can't miss this one. The festival is well organized and operated, the staff is friendly and enthusiastic. I will definitely make my way back to SYSFF in the future.

    February 2018
  • Dale Metz

    Another incredible year with the Love Your Shorts folks and the Sanford Community. This is one of the best community based festivals you can attend and, as a filmmaker, you are not likely to forget how well you are treated. This festival sets the bar!

    February 2018