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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  • Purpose Productions

    This was a wonder experience and top notch organization.

    April 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Purpose Productions,

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

    - One-Reeler Team

  • "The One-Reeler Short Film Competition is a great competition! Jeff Hudgins is very professional and has great communication and organizational skills (attributes severely lacking in many film competitions and festivals). We are very honored to be recognized for an award! Thank you very much!"

    --Lance Lucero, filmmaker

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Lance,

    Thank you for this kind review! Likewise, we are honored for the opportunity to recognize your work and hope to see more short films from you in the future.

    Regards,
    Jeff, One-Reeler

  • Angelena Bonet

    Thank you very much One-Reeler Short Film Competition for awarding my documentary short films "Change The World" and "Break The Chain" the Award of Merit and Special Mention, I am truly honored! I am proud to be a part of such a professional and prestigious global competition. I will definitely submit more work in the near future. I highly recommend to any filmmaker. What a fantastic film competition!

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Angelena,

    Thank you, as always, for your kind words! We look forward to seeing more of your work soon.

    Regards,
    - Jeff, One-Reeler

  • Duncan Putney

    Top marks on communication. There was a small problem with submitting to one additional award category for our short film and with one email is was fixed with quick reply and confirmation from the festival.

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Duncan,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review! We're thrilled to recognize your work and hope to see more short films from you in the future.

    Best,
    One-Reeler Team

  • Jeff from One-Reeler has been very accommodating and supportive, and on behalf of Kick Action Films, we'd like to think One-Reeler for our award
    Highly recommended festival with top notch communication

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Ninz,

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

    - Jeff, One-Reeler