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; exclusive 15% discount with Distribber, a Video On Demand aggregator that has had success getting short films on popular marketplaces such as iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and more.

• 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.

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  • Outstanding communication. Very fun event. Cheers!

    April 2019
  • Not just a 5 star for each, because I am one of the privileged winner, but because I had many exchanged emails with Jeff who has been not just professional, but very good at communication and helping for a variety of aspects during the festival. Thank you so much Jeff ! Doug

    February 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Doug,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this positive review! We appreciate the feedback and hope to see more of your work in the future.

    Best,
    Jeff Hudgins, Organizer - One-Reeler

  • Kaleb Laidman

    A huge thank you to Jeff and the amazing team at the One-Reeler Festival! We are very grateful to have our film chosen for The Award of Excellence
    This festival was well organized and very professional!
    We look forward to entering more of our films!

    February 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Kaleb,

    Thank you for this kind review and congratulations on your placement! We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

    Thank you once more!!

    One-Reeler Team

  • Raymond Montemayor

    I've participated in the One-Reeler Short Film Competition twice, and both experiences have been excellent. The feature in One-Reeler that I truly value (which is I haven't seen in any other festival) is the option to receive written feedback from the festival judges. I found their feedback helpful after my first submission, and I believe it played a role in my winning Best Short Film and Best Visual Effects in the December 2018 edition of the festival for my film Star Wars: The Toys Awaken. I will definitely submit my next short film to One-Reeler.

    February 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Raymond,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review and congratulations on your placements!

    We're thrilled to hear that the feedback for your previous submission was useful to you and we certainly look forward to seeing more of your work soon!

    Thank you and congratulations once more!!

    One-Reeler Team

  • Charles Love

    What a wonderful festival with prompt, professional and helpful communications! We appreciate having such a professional venue for sharing our shorter films. Charles and Mary Love

    February 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Charles,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review and congratulations on your placement. We hope to see more of your work in the future!

    Thank you!!

    One-Reeler Team