Phoenix Shorts is a monthly and yearly online IMDb qualified festival. We encourage the breadth and variety of views and supporting the best up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world. Each month, our jury selects the winners of each category through private screenings. Every submitted film has a chance to be a winner in the monthly competition. If they get selected by the programming team of the yearly event, the winners of each month may be then considered for the annual online competition. If this happens, they will be shown and compete with other films-winners at the yearly online event. It's an excellent opportunity to provide a platform and to introduce your work. We believe your talents must be showcased early to propel the filmmakers of the future into their feature film careers. We are here to recognize and spotlight creative and talented filmmakers like you. Winners will be announced on our website and social media pages every month. You can submit your works through FilmFreeway.

Animated Short, Narrative Short. Documentary Shorts, Graveyard Shift Shorts, Experimental Shorts, Music Video, LatinX Short, High-school Level Short, Women in Cinema, Advertising, Social Justice/ Impact, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Script, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Female Director, Best Canadian Film, Magazine Promotion

A.) Eligibility Requirements
1. We accept films of all genres.
2. Films completed on or after Jan 1, 2015 are eligible for consideration
3. Films previously submitted to the Phoenix Shorts are NOT eligible for consideration.
4. Short feature films that are available for public online viewing are eligible
6. Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted. A separate submission and a separate entry fee must accompany each entry.
7. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Dialogue lists are not accepted.
8. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

B.) Submission Guidelines
1. Films must be submitted via online screener hosted by Vimeo, on DVD or on Blu-ray disc.
2. Only complete entries (including fee payment and screener) will be considered.
3. Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final color correction or sound mixing), but please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted. Subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.

D.) Judging & Selection
Films are selected for Festival presentation by the Phoenix Shorts programming committee. If a film is selected, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email. The Festival does not provide feedback or screening notes to entries that are not selected.

All competitive film categories are judged during the Festival.

E.) Entry Fees
Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, registration notification, consideration by the programming department, and notification of the results. These fees may be paid by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express).

Overall Rating
  • A worth while film festival to enter. Good communication.

    January 2022
  • I am extremely grateful to have my short film selected as a finalist. Communication has been amazing. I look forward to submitting future projects.

    January 2022
  • S.P. Lexington

    Phoenix Shorts is a fun festival that I found through Film Freeway. I was really excited to hear they selected my script Mimi from Mulberry Street as a semi-finalist. Overall a great experience.

    January 2022
  • I was honored to have my Film S L A Thriller as Semifinalist as TV Pilot in Phoenix Shorts Film Festival . They were friendly and organized
    and would be great if eventually this could be in person .
    I would highly refer any film maker to this prestigious group of judges as well as the Festival itself
    Thanks again !
    Executive Producer
    Script Writer

    January 2022
  • Thank you so much for including my short screenplay, South of the Border! I was thrilled to be a part of your festival. Happy New Year!

    January 2022