Top Shorts is the world's leading online film festival, separated into two parts:

1. MONTHLY COMPETITION - each month, our jury selects the winners through private screenings.
We also select 15 finalists, which are nominated for Film of the Month award. The Top15 will qualify for the annual festival (The 6th Annual Top Shorts 2020).

- Certificate - all monthly winners receive a free digital certificate (in JPG), ready to print.

2. ANNUAL FILM AWARDS - once a year, in May, our judging team selects the BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR. The 15 finalists of each month qualify for the annual event.

* We will NOT showcase the full films online.

Top Shorts was recently ranked 8th Best Reviewed Festival out of over 4,000 of the world's best film festivals (and 1st from the online festivals, FilmFreeway May 2016).

We accept screenplays (up to 40 pages) and short films (up to 40 minutes long) in the following categories: Narrative, Web Series, Animation, Documentary, Indie, Inspirational, Experimental, Music Video and Micro Film.

For any question, please contact us at info.topshorts@gmail.com

BEST OF FEST (yearly - Best of Fest and Best Director receive a free statuette)

--- CATEGORY AWARDS (monthly) ---

Best Student Film
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Crime Film
Best Romantic Comedy
Best Dark Comedy
Best Mystery Film
Best Parody
Best Western
Best Fantasy Film
Best Film Noir
Best Sci-Fi
Best LGBTQ
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Micro Film
Best Inspirational Film
Best Indie Film (budget up to $5000)
Best Web Series
Best Music Video
Best Experimental Film
Best Trailer
Best Commercial/Promotional Video
Best Screenplay
Best Original Story

--- CAST & CREW AWARDS (monthly) ---

Best Director
Best Indie Filmmaker (film's budget up to $5000)
Best First Time Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Actor in an Indie Film (budget up to $5000)
Best Actress in an Indie Film (budget up to $5000)
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor (13-18)
Best Young Actress (13-18)
Best Child Actor (5-12)
Best Child Actress (5-12)
Best Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Sound Design
Best Visual Effects
Young Filmmaker Award (18 and under)

* The Best of Fest and Best Director ANNUAL WINNERS will receive free Top Shorts statuettes. Other winners may order a statuette for themselves and their team, for $290 including shipping.

** All winners will receive a digital certificate (in JPG/PDF), ready to print.

* What we’re looking for? Story-based films, which can be in the form of narrative (fiction), music video, documentary (non-fiction), or animation.
* All films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English)
* By submitting your film, take note that:
- You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/screenshots) for promotional purpose. We upload some of the winners' trailers in order to promote the films.
- You must own all the rights to the video.
- Fees are not refundable.

Top Shorts does not accept the following:
1. Amateur videos
2. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
3. Films which were made before 2013
4. Political films
5. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD)

Overall Rating
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Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • This is an excellent festival - it is very well run, I can see why it is so highly rated!

    May 2019
  • Naomi Beukes-Meyer

    Top Shorts.
    What a great festival experience.!

    May 2019
  • Lamont Wilkins

    When looking for a festival to submit our projects to, we as creators want to be confident in knowing that our projects will be watched & reviewed fairly amongst festival staff. In addition, we want to be confident knowing we're dealing with a festival with the utmost professionalism and communication every step of the way. Top Shorts does all of these things at a high level. They have the fundamentals down pact and are well-deserving of their top rating! Definitely recommend!

    May 2019
  • Soup Project

    It was a great decision my co-director and I made to submit to Top Shorts. Not only was the process easy and our film making a buzz on social media, Top Short went out of their way to design a social media poster with our winning laurel. I highly recommend Top Short for filmmakers around the world, it's truly worth it.

    May 2019
  • Cindy Wathen-Kennedy

    A truly wonderful experience! I highly recommend Top Shorts. They were incredibly professional and supportive.

    May 2019