Dedicated to celebrating short-form independent filmmaking, Oslo Short Film Festival opened its doors for the first time in 2019 attracting both a local and international audience. Our vision is to highlight the importance of short films and bring upcoming filmmakers to the foreground.

Therefore our screening programme showcases various genres and cinematic styles covering themes of a wide range from social issues to life challenges and the complexities of human relations. We invite all filmmakers regardless of experience and background to send us their creations.

The Oslo Short Film Festival is organised by HFP, a pioneer organisation that runs Film Festivals and other events showcasing and championing ideas of diversity. Through our global series of film Festivals that spread over 13 countries, we open the path to voices with a compelling story to share. Our main mission is to honour independent cinema and establish a network of artists eager to join forces and spread their work across all nations. HFP runs 25 film Festivals worldwide.

» Official Selection – All films nominated for an award and selected for screening will be notified on the Notification Date. Screening materials will be requested and more information about the event will be provided.

» Winners – Award winners will be announced at our festival, after the screenings, and online the following day.

Awards will include Certificates, Treats, and exclusive online Distribution deals, and will be given in the following categories:

» 1 x Best Short Film
» 1 x Best Short Documentary

✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

✓ All films must have been made in or after 2022.

✓ Short films must not exceed 45 minutes.

✓ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

✓ By submitting to us, you give us consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances, online screening.

✓Official Selection: These are all the nominated films selected for screening, which will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.

✓Award Winners: Chosen from the Nominations (which includes the Official Selection).

✓ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

✓ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through email and our online platforms.

✓ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

✓ We do not accept partial screeners, trailers, or screener links that require access other than password protected links.

✓ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

✓ We cannot provide refunds.

✓ If you have submitted your project in the previous year, please do not resubmit the same project to the current edition.

✓ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

✓ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Being at the Oslo Short Film Festival was a great experience. The event was super well organised and took place in a wonderful venue in the heart of Oslo. The communication with the organisers before and during the festival was fast, helpful and very nice and I was able to connect with and talk to some great creatives from all over europe.

    September 2023
  • Filmografo Filmografo

    A fantastic experience. A film festival to follow. Thanks for the experience.

    September 2023
  • Alistair Cheyne

    We were very honoured to be selected and shown with Oslo Short Film Festival. Great atmosphere and a very cool venue.
    Not only that but the organisers are very passionate and curate a wide selection of films, all with high quality yet unique perspectives. Hope to make another film to show here next year!

    August 2019