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 from all over the world, placement in our competition signifies to the film industry 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; indefinite listing on the One-Reeler website; custom 24k One-Reeler Winner Statuette for our Best Short Film winner; IMDb Awards credit for all films that place in the competition; scorecards 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
  • Thanks for accepting my project 'Checked Bags' into the festival. Honored to have been awarded AWARD OF MERIT. Highly recommended to submit to this festival!

    August 2023
  • Derick Thomas

    Great festival. Can't wait to submit again.

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Derick! We look forward to seeing your latest shorts!!

    - One-Reeler Team

  • Serious ans accompanying festival with true consideration of the directors.

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Hello Yann,

    Thank you for this kind review! We really enjoyed L'amour est temps de reflets and hope to see more short films from you in the near-future!

    - One-Reeler Team

  • Oliver c

    Very good communication. Thanks for inviting me

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Hello Oliver,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review and CONGRATULATIONS on placing in the competition! We hope to see more of your work in the near-future!

    - One-Reeler Team

  • Great experience working with these folks! Easy and great communication. Will submit our next film for sure!

    June 2023