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.

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  • This was exciting to know that people are still creating and events like this one are rewarding creatives so we can create more.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Clyde,

    Thank you for the kind words! We really enjoyed your work and hope to see more of it in the near-future.

    Stay healthy and safe!

    - One-Reeler Team

  • Ashley Jonassaint

    We had no intention of submitting our film for any festivals. It was wonderful to get contacted by One-Reeler. It is great to see many try to rally and find alternative ways to celebrate film-making.

    September 2020
  • I had an awesome experience with One-Reeler Short Film Competition. They were one of the most communicative organizations in the festival circuit, and went out of their way to make me feel welcomed.
    I appreciate the honor of receiving an Award of Merit formy music video "The Last Macbeth." Thanks for supporting and recognizing the work of black queer artists like myself!

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Terry,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review! We're happy to hear you had a positive experience and hope to see more of your work in the near-future.

    Thank you once more, Terry, and congratulations on your Award of Merit placement - well done!

    - One-Reeler Team

  • Conny Conrad

    Great Award! Very kind conversation in time! Promoting not only films also music! Film and music is a family. Festivals/Awards/Competitions like One-Reeler and filmmakers/musicians, too! Partners in a creative world. Many thanks for your important work!

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Conny,

    Thank you for the kind words and congratulations on placing in the competition - well done! We really enjoyed your work and hope to see more of it in the near-future. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe!

    - One-Reeler Team

  • Henrique Oliveira

    Excellent chance to get your work seen by folks in LA! Looking forward to networking online and in person, as things start getting back to normal!

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Henrique! Yes, hopefully things bet back to normal soon. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe!

    - One-Reeler Team