Beloved by filmmakers and alumni, Salute Your Shorts curates a collection of the best short films from around the world in every genre, showcasing them to a community of artists seeking inspiration and conversation. Selected films will enjoy an audience of working entertainment industry professionals and compete for a cash prize.
We are seeking accessible, thought provoking stories whether they are shot on the iPhone or the Alexa. We know it can be hard to compare an artfully drawn film about a social issue, against a delightful romantic comedy or even a progressive horror film. We believe that excellence in every genre should be rewarded and seek to program a slate of films that represents the diverse voices in our world today.
We grant a $500 cash prize to our juried BEST OF FEST, $250 for our Programmer's Choice winner, and award $250 to our AUDIENCE FAVORITE.
Additionally, "Best in Category" awards are determined by jurors. We recognize WINNERS, RUNNER-UPS, and HONORABLE MENTIONS in the following categories:
- DRAMATIC SHORT
- DOCUMENTARY SHORT
- EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
- COMEDY SHORT
- GENRE SHORT
- ANIMATED SHORT
- STUDENT SHORT
- SUPER SHORT FILM (UNDER 5 MINUTES)**
- FEMALE DIRECTED SHORT
We also award one "BEST PILOT" or "ORIGINAL SERIES" episode.
Jurors from past years included:
- TONY HALE - Emmy Winning Actor (Veep, Arrested Development)
- DAN LIN, Producer of the Lego Movie Franchise
- EMILY BEST, Founder and CEO of Seed&Spark
- JACKIE TOHN (Glow)
- TROIAN BELLISARIO - actress/director (Pretty Little Liars)
- KABIR AKHTAR - director (Grownish, Crazy Ex Girlfriend)
- JEREMY HOWE, writer/producer on The Big Bang Theory
- DOUG JONES (Shape of Water, Pans Labyrinth)
- WYNN EVERETT (HBO's The Newsroom, Agent Carter)
- PAUL SLOOP (Shorts Programmer, Cleveland International Film Festival)
This year, we are accepting films completed on or after January 1, 2018.
We do not require premiere status and will consider shorts which have been made available for online viewing.
Every submitted film will be viewed in its entirely by member(s) of our selection team.
** Shorts vying for the "best super short film" must have credits rolling by 4:59. If your credits sequence pushes your film past 5:00, please submit it in it's appropriate category (i.e., animation, comedy, drama, etc...). It will still be considered for the super short award.
Students are welcome and should include school information in their cover letter.
All submitted material must be the original work of the author(s) aside from copyrighted music (which we accept).
Music videos, screen-dance, and experimentally constructed films should be submitted under the experimental category. Music videos may be spec.
We accept material from anywhere in the world. All submitted material must be in English or with english subtitles.
Entry fees are non-refundable. No refunds will be issued for any reason.
Contest applicants must accept without reservations the decisions rendered by the competition.
We do not provide screening fees.
Festival cannot provide lodging or travel stipends, but we will put traveling filmmakers in touch with affordable options.
Upon invitation, participants will be contacted via email by the Print Traffic Coordinator with format confirmation, exhibition details, and delivery instructions.