One-Reeler is a unique Los Angeles-based international awards competition that recognizes and promotes short films with a runtime of 12 minutes or less. Attracting filmmakers from all over the world, the competition emphasizes original, concise and impactful storytelling – the same qualities film festivals and distributors look for. With hundreds of short films submitted every year, placement in our competition signifies to the film community that your “one-reeler” is exceptional. Recognized by IMDb Awards, past competition Winners have also won or been nominated for: BAFTAs, Critics Choice Awards, Emmys, Genie Awards, Golden Globes, Hollywood Film Awards, Saturn Awards.

Winner laurels in gold, black, and white for your film's marketing and promotion; custom 24k One-Reeler Winner Statuette for our Best Short Film winner; custom One-Reeler Medals available.

• Submissions must be 12 minutes or less (including end credits).

• Submissions in other than English must be subtitled English.

• Screenplay submissions must be uploaded as a PDF file, typed in English, and properly formatted using 12-point Courier font. Most screenwriting software will do this for you.

• Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.

• The entry fee for the primary judging category is $60. Each subcategory is $40.

• Please provide an online link to your submission and be sure to include the password on our submission form if applicable. DVDs are not accepted.

Overall Rating
  • Sam Patrone

    Excellent festival will Submit again and excellent work by the head of the competition.

    March 2022
  • Behiwot Degefu

    Thank You One-Reeler Short Film for selecting “Breathing Underwater” an award winner. I encourage all filmmakers to submit their films to this remarkable festival.

    February 2022
  • Had a great experience with One-Reeler, after they reached out to me about submitting. Excellent, quick, and friendly communication throughout. Came away with not only a Special Mention award, but also a great quote for the film from one of the judges on the scorecard I got for the film from One-Reeler!

    February 2022
  • Great festival! Thank you for awarding Dante D'Anthony's "The Derelict" with a SPECIAL MENTION Winner's Award for Animated Film!

    January 2022
  • Muy profesional los organizadores y excelente comunicación, sin dudas un gran festival

    January 2022