5th edition of Morocco Shorts will be celebrated from November 11 to 13, 2024.

Morocco Shorts began in 2019 at the Rabat International Author Film Festival, a festival with a long history of celebrating cinematic excellence. Initially part of this larger festival, Morocco Shorts evolved into an independent festival dedicated solely to short films, providing a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their talents.

The mission of Morocco Shorts is to promote young filmmakers by screening their works, celebrating their artistic excellence, and empowering them at the start of their careers. The festival provides equal opportunities for both Moroccan and international participants, embracing all cultures regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity. Our selection process focuses on diversity, respect for human rights, gender equity, and global issues.

Morocco Shorts International Film Festival accepts submissions from both Moroccan and international filmmakers in various categories: Fiction, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, and Web & New Media. Applicants can be graduating students or professional independent filmmakers.

In addition to its rich selection of short films, the festival program includes master classes, seminars, and workshops on various filmmaking topics. These events are conducted in collaboration with national and international partners.

Morocco Shorts is organized in partnership with academic institutions such as ISMAC, ISIC, the Faculty of Sciences of Education, the French Cultural Center in Rabat, Rabat International Author Film Festival, Beirut Shorts, and Beirut Film Society.

Submissions account on FilmFreeway is managed by Beirut Film Society: www.beirutfilmsociety.org

Morocco Shorts offers the following awards:

International Competition:
Best International Short Fiction
Best International Short Documentary
Best International Short Animation & Experimental
Best International New Media

National Competition:
Best Moroccan Independent Short Film
Best Moroccan Student Short Film

Audience Choice Award

Rules and Regulations:

Filmmakers are invited to submit their original work to Morocco Shorts International Film Festival (MSIFF) for the listed categories


2- For International submissions, a Moroccan premiere is recommended, but not mandatory, films that are previously screened in Morocco may have less chances of being selected.

3- MSIFF offers logistical support for directors of selected international films who want to travel to Rabat - Morocco, to participate in the festival screenings and activities.

4- Submission fees are non refundable and non reimbursable under any circumstances; MSIFF does not reimburse any submission fees for films who are not selected for the festival program, or who withdrew their submissions at any time.

5- MSIFF retains the right to accept or decline any film, for whatever reason, without any explanation.

6- Applicants admit that they are authorized to submit the film, being the rights-holders or authorized representatives of the film.

7- MSIFF receives exhibition copy in QuickTime 1080p HD 8 bit uncompressed or Apple ProRes file or equivalent via a downloadable link.

8- All films must have adequate French or English subtitles.

9- Screening fees must be declared prior to or upon submission. If a screening fee is only indicated after the official selection has been announced, the festival retains the right to revoke the film's acceptance.

10- Morocco Shorts International Film Festival (MSIFF) holds the right to:
• Use the selected films for trailers and publicity usage
• Screen the winning films in other related events inside Morocco, and recommend the winning films to other international film festivals that collaborate with MSIFF after the approval of the filmmakers.

Overall Rating
  • My thanks to the festival organisers for their professionalism and commitment.

    May 2023
  • Ivana Shekutkoska

    Great experience, it was a pleasure being part of it. Excellent communication with the team and great organization.

    July 2022