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.

Monroe awards will be given for Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Scene, Best Cinematography and Best Male Actor and Best Female Actor.

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
  • Radheya Jegatheva

    great festival. will take part again in a flash next year!

    March 2019
  • Sam Stephenson

    Love Your Shorts is a fantastic festival! Everyone there was so welcoming and friendly towards everyone, and best of all, this festival takes care of the Filmmakers! Everyone should submit to Love Your Shorts, it was a great weekend in a great location, with amazing people!

    March 2019
  • Ben Adam-Harris

    We couldn't attend but the communication and hospitality was amazing. We're sad to have missed it.

    February 2019
  • Noah Camenker

    There’s a lot of different reasons people make film festivals. For Love Your Shorts, the reason is simple. They made the festival for the filmmakers. I’ve never felt more appreciated as a filmmaker at a festival than at Love Your Shorts. There’s a VIP room for filmmakers fully stocked with beer and food. There’s networking events set up for us. There was a brunch at one of the festivals sponsors houses that was amazing. But most importantly, the overall attitude of everyone who runs the festival is that there wouldn’t be a festival without the filmmakers, and that’s incredibly cool and refreshing. I’ve run the gamut at festivals. They’re not always worth the entry fee or time. But I’m going to submit every one of my films to Love Your Shorts, because they genuinely care about you and treat you like you’ve already made it. Oh, and I forgot to mention, but the movies are screened in a completely packed enormous theater. Absolutely amazing experience!

    February 2019
  • Aaron Hose

    I've had the good fortune of screening at LYSFF on four different occasions, and, I must admit, this festival keeps getting better with every edition. I can see this becoming an Oscar-qualifying fest in the near future.

    The first thing I must stress about what makes LYSFF unique is its location: Sanford... a small but mighty city. For the explorer, Sanford offers a series of tours that highlight the history and heritage of the area. For the foodies, there's a plehora of award-winning restaurants, pubs, and craft breweries. And just about everyhting is within walking distance. Sanford is a wonderful alternative to the more touristy parts of Orlando. You can even fly directly into the smaller Orlando-Sanford airport (SFB), which happens to be one of the LYSFF's major sponsors.

    While I typically prefer watching films in a movie theater, I really like having the historic Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center as the venue for the LYSFF films. The audio/visual set-up is solid, and the place adds a certain charm to the whole screening/Q&A/audience award process that you may not find in a traditional cinema setting.

    The festival staff, most of whom live in Sanford, are incredibly humble, warm and highly attentive of the visiting filmmakers. These folks are fully committed to making your experience in Sanford and at LYSFF unforgettable.

    The filmmaker's lounge is a fantastic place to mingle, with the perfect variety (and seemingly endless supply) of "social lubricants" to help filmmakers break the ice and network with one another. Over the weekend, the fest hosts a couple of lovely bookend parties too.

    Honestly, I couldn't recommend this festival enough. Major thanks and kudos to Gene, Nancy, Brian, Christina and "bar boss Tom" (and others whose names I'm forgetting) for yet another memorable LYSFF! Can't wait for your tenth edition in 2020.

    February 2019