Shiver Shorts honors the best in short cinematic works, as part of an annual celebration of independent micro-short and short films from around the world.

Micro-Shorts (under 5 mins) and Short Films (under 40 mins) of all genres and all budgets are welcome!

Our IMDb-listed event's award categories include: Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Action, Best Animation, Best Horror, Best Sci-Fi, Best Fantasy, Best Thriller, Best Weird / Cult / Experimental, Best Music Video, Best Director, Best Male Performance, Best Female Performance and Best Student Film.

The overall grand prize winners receive our Frozen Maple Leaf trophies for Shiver Short Film of the Year and Shiver Micro-Short Film of the Year!

All of our Official Selections and Finalists are awarded Shiver's Laurels. Official Selections are screened in a state-of-the-art 140-seat movie theater inside a converted railway station in Ontario, Canada.

Filmmakers / Submitters of Official Selections are invited as VIP guests to attend the festival's screenings.

Submissions are open for all Short Films and Micro-Short Films.

Please upload your film to FilmFreeway, or submit a password-protected online screener (eg: Vimeo, YouTube) so we may consider your film for the festival.

Filmmakers / Submitters agree to the terms on the Shiver International Film Festival website. All fees are non-refundable.

Overall Rating
  • It was a really pleasure to be part of this festival!!!

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to have been part of the festival with my short film HAY ALGO EN LA OSCURIDAD (SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS).

    Thanks a lot to the director and crew of the festival for their great attention and kindness, thank you so much!

    For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    I hope to have the opportunity again to be in the festival in the future. See you soon SHIVER!

    All my best wishes and greetings from Spain!
    Fran Casanova

    May 2019
  • A young but upcoming genre festival that is doing extremely well. Keep up the great work!

    October 2018
  • Jerome Cohen Olivar

    Fantastic Festival. sure to become a major in the years to come.

    October 2018
  • Great place to network, great films to watch, great people to communicate with. Everything about Shiver International Film Festival is amazing! Networking is where it's at, and SIFF has that and more! Will definitely submit future projects.

    October 2018
  • Melvin Cartagena

    Because of distance I wasn't able to attend in person, but they were very communicative and updated me of what stage my submission was at throughout the process.

    October 2018