Salute Your Shorts brings a collection of the best short films from around the world in every genre, and showcase them to a community of artists seeking inspiration and conversation. Selected films will enjoy an audience of working entertainment industry professionals.

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 and important 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.

Salute Your Shorts Fest runs after the Los Angeles Oscar-Qualifying festivals for short films (Hollyshorts and LA Shorts Fest).

Each award will be determined by a different member of our jury which is made up of Industry power players as well as working and recognizable Hollywood actors.

Judges from the 2017 Festival 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
- JEREMY HOWE, writer/producer on The Big Bang Theory
- DOUG JONES (Shape of Water, Pans Labyrinth)
- WYNN EVERETT (HBO's The Newsroom, Agent Carter)

In addition to our "BEST OF THE FEST" we will award WINNERS, RUNNER-UPS, and HONORABLE MENTIONS in the following categories:

- FEMALE DIRECTED SHORT (In your cover letter, please make note to be eligible)

We offer a cash prize to our "BEST OF THE FEST" short film.


This year, we are accepting films completed on or after January 1, 2015.

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.

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 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.

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.

Overall Rating
  • The most personable, caring, and professional. This fest is going places, and I"ll surely ride on its coattails.

    November 2017
  • Danny Dwyer

    Was an awesome experience all around. Met some great people and the line up of films was very well selected. This is a filmmakers festival. Highly recommend attending and submitting!

    October 2017
  • Emily Bell

    What a fantastic, fun, well-programmed festival! From the beginning to the end it was personal and intimate, with abundant opportunities to not only meet people, but to form lasting connections. Thank you Salute Your Shorts for an amazing experience!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Emily! We had so much fun getting to know you and look forward to watching your career blossom! Your such a comedic talent!

  • Miles Shephard

    Can't praise this great little festival enough. We all had a fabulous time, were well taken care of and met some amazing people and saw some excellent films. Looking forward to next year.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Miles! We felt so privileged to screen Milo's work and have him in attendance!

  • Bejay Browne

    Salute Your Shorts is a great festival and the communication from the festival directors was really good and informative. We were really happy that our documentary film ' For the Love of God' was part of the festival and also that this was our USA premier. Unfortunately we couldn't be there to see all of the other films. Bravo Salute your shorts!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Bejay! Your film has had a great impact on us- reminding us that we often take our freedoms for granted!