A bi-annual live event screening of international independent short films of all genres in Reno, Nevada. The judges for this event have decided to focus exclusively on Film and Video, this is not a screenplay competition. Reno has an audience that loves all flavors of independent film. This event gets strong support from the local community and features a geographically diverse line-up of films that is rarely screened in the state of Nevada.

Nevada Short Film Festival List Of Film And Video Award Categories

Best Action Film
Best Acting Performance
Best Animated Film
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy Film
Best Comedy Micro Film
Best Dark Comedy Film
Best Dark Comedy Micro Film
Best Drama Film
Best Drama Micro Film
Best Dark Drama Film
Best Dark Drama Micro Film
Best Director
Best Documentary Film
Best Documentary Micro Film
Best Editing
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Experimental Film
Best Experimental Micro Film
Best Experimental Music Video
Best Fantasy Film
Best Fantasy Micro Film
Best Horror Film
Best Horror Micro Film
Best Horror Comedy Film
Best Horror Comedy Micro Film
Best International Director
Best International Film
Best International Micro Film
Best Mockumentary Film
Best Mockumentary Micro Film
Best Music Video
Best Picture
Best Micro Film
Best Relationship Drama Film
Best Relationship Drama Micro Film
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Science Fiction Micro Film
Best Suspense Thriller Film
Best Suspense Thriller Micro Film
Best Nevada Film
Most Original Concept

All films are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not. All films are eligible even if they have been accepted to other film festivals. All films and videos are eligible, regardless of when or where they were produced. Even if your film or documentary series is publicly available on YouTube or Vimeo, it is still eligible for submission. For exhibition purposes. all films are expected to provide a download link, so that we can compile and project them in HD 1080p. 23.976, 24, 25 or 30 frame rates are accepted for projection. Please do not submit 720p or Standard Definition films to this festival.

The submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. The cost of attending this event is $25 for the entire day. Every attendee must have a ticket. There are no filmmaker passes.

The judges read and rate scripts for this specific competition only. Submitting to this film festival does not affect the ownership or copyright your screenplay or teleplay.

Overall Rating
  • Shirley Moore

    Loved being a part of the Nevada Short Film Festival! Communication was excellent and it was an honour for my film "Smoke and Baloney" to have been chosen.

    May 2021
  • Top notch festival with top notch organizers! Mikel Fair is an incredible person, I have spoken to him several times during filmmakers virtual Zoom meetings that he organizes and he is also generous with his time and eager to help out aspiring filmmakers. I was thrilled to have won for "Hearts And Stripes", my short doc about a renowned artist who created a monumental American flag to pay homage to the American COVID victims. Thank you to them. Highly recommended, do not miss this one!

    April 2021
  • Jasper Warry

    Great festival - the fact they kept films screenings alive during the pandemic is a huge achievement.

    April 2021
  • Steve Delgado

    First festival I entered for my films, it was all an amazing experience!

    April 2021
  • Alexandru Ranta

    A special, professional and very well organized festival ! With a very communicative team ! I highly recommend it !

    April 2021