ShortsTV, the first and only global channel and network dedicated to short films and exclusive presenter of Oscar® Nominated Shorts theatrical releases, has launched and is accepting short films for the 2021 ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival. ShortsTV remains steadfast in its advocacy for short-form filmmakers and emerging talent. The festival gives short filmmakers, throughout the United States, Europe, India and Latin America, the opportunity to submit their short films and the chance to be broadcasted globally on television in over 100 million homes through the ShortsTV channels. For more information on ShortsTV, please visit

Prizes totaling over *$40,000 USD in value will be awarded.

Prizes for Regional Selections:

• Short films will be televised on the regional feed of the ShortsTV network.
• Regional selections will be announced (via press release) in local newspapers and trade publications.
• Paid 3-year TV broadcast licensing agreement will be offered at the current ShortsTV regional licensing rate.
• Filmmakers will be interviewed for an on-air interview and it will be broadcasted alongside their short film.
• A select number of regional short films will move on to the global competition where more prizes will be awarded.

Prizes for Global Competition:

• Global selections will be televised globally on all the ShortsTV networks.
• Global selections will be announced (via press release) in Hollywood trade publications.
• Paid 3-year TV broadcast licensing agreement will be offered at the current ShortsTV global licensing rate.
• Global category winners will receive an award statue/plaque. Categories to be determined based on short film submissions.
• Five filmmakers will be selected to participate in “The Pitch” where one winner will be awarded $2,500 USD to put toward producing a new short film.
• 8 selected short films will receive a movie theater screening in Los Angeles, California for seven days and gain Academy Award qualification status.

NOTICE: Filmmakers reserve the right to decline any and all prizes awarded.

*Comprised of paid ShortsTV licensing agreements, press release fees, $2,500 USD The Pitch prize and fees for movie theater screenings.

ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival is accepting short films in any genre with a total running time of 40 minutes or less. To participate you must accept and deliver ALL the items listed below:

1. Electronically sign the ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival agreement which allows ShortsTV to broadcast your short film on television.

2. Clean master (Master file with no burned in subtitles or captions), HD files only.
  a. Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or 4444 or 4444 (XQ).
   i) H264 Files will NOT be accepted.
   ii) Avid QuickTime 1080p DNxHD HQ or HQX files are also acceptable.
  b. 2K, 4K or higher resolution of source files are also accepted.
  c. Native frame rate of original source:
   i) 24 or 25 progressive frames per second for film sourced.
   ii) 23.976 progressive frames for inverse telecine sourced from film.
   iii) 29.97 interlaced frames per second for video sourced (accepted only when progressive frame master is not available).
  d. Full Stereo Mix – on Channels 1&2.

3. SRT File (English) or Dialogue List (English)
  a. If your short film does not have any spoken dialogue, please upload a PDF with “No Dialogue” written on it.
  b. SRT \ Dialogue list must be in English language and must match dialogue spoken in master file.

4. Short Film Movie Poster
  a. Photoshop or Illustrator poster file. Poster needs to be layered and clearly labelled. Portrait and Lanscape versions, using different pictures.
  b. Clean version of artwork and film title only (NO credits / NO laurels / NO urls / NO logos).
  c. Portrait 2000 x 3000 Pixels, RGB 300 dpi
  d. Landscape 3000 x 2000 Pixels, RGB 300 dpi

5. High Quality Short Film stills or frames
  a. 3 high quality stills minimum, variety of shots.
  b. Mixture of Portrait and Landscape
  c. At least 1920x1080 in size - minimum
  d. Hi-RES Film Stills (300 DPI) (JPeg, Tiff)
  e. Film title with transparent background (png)

6. Music Cue Sheet
  a. If your short film does not have music, please write on the music cue sheet form that your short film does not have music.
  b. You must have the rights to utilize any music used in the short film.
  c. Please download and submit the ShortsTV music cue sheet file as a PDF file.

Overall Rating
  • Chris Tenzis

    We submitted our film April 13th and were notified June 30th that the film was selected. After that, we never heard from the festival. We tried emailing the festival directly several times and FilmFreeway support contacted them repeatedly. We have been trying to contact the festival for eight months and they never responded.

    February 2022
  • Amigo Ivo

    It was Perfect, no bay

    January 2022
  • It was an amazing experience being part of ShortsTv World Wide Film Festival, to see our short film being broadcasted and of course to have received the Best Director Award and being also nominated to Best Short Film too. It was a great selection, I saw the other works and were truly amazing. All the team from Shorts Tv were also kind and very formal so I can only say that this platform and everyone that make it possible are doing a great job. Thanks so much Shorts Tv for letting Camino a Mala Noche be part of this.

    January 2022

    Great festival! Hope to attend again in the future!

    January 2022
  • Perfect. Thanks for Film Festival. Great!

    January 2022