Known as the world's leading online film festival, Top Shorts is one of the best-reviewed festivals on FilmFreeway, with over 500 five-star reviews. 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). Top Shorts was also selected by Motion Array as one of the best short film festivals for up-and-coming filmmakers. 

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.

Top Shorts offers both monthly and annual competitions:

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. Some of the monthly winners will qualify for the annual festival (8th Annual Top Shorts 2022). 
- IMDb - Top Shorts is an official event on IMDb. This means that all winners may add the awards to their IMDb titles. 
- Certificate - all monthly winners receive a free digital certificate (in JPG), ready for print.

2. ANNUAL FILM AWARDS - once a year, our judging team selects the BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR. 

* We don't showcase the full films online. 

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

--- 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 Musical/Dance Film
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 print-ready digital certificate (in JPG/PDF).

* 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.
- We will review up to 40 minutes/pages, even if your film/screenplay is longer (excluding the Television Script category - up to 50 pages).

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 2010
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)

Top Shorts is a FilmFreeway Gold festival, and a Magic Productions Int Ltd brand. Top Shorts is a partner festival of LA Film Awards, Festigious, Actors Awards, NY Film Awards and FilmCon Awards.

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  • Mike Stutz

    Everyone involved with our film Call of the Clown Horn had a great time working with the festival! Very good communication and very fun to be a participant. Thrilled to take home victories in three different categories. I will definitely submit future projects!

    November 2022
  • Ken Sagoes

    We are honored and extremely grateful that your festival chose our short film "The Secret Weapon: Yesterday IS Today" as an Award Winner. The festival is well-organized and has excellent communication. May the festival continue to provide filmmakers with a platform that fosters creativity and self-expression.

    October 2022
  • Excellent festival. I am happy to be part of Top shorts festival. I have submitted multiple projects and everytime I was treated with courtesy and professionalism.

    October 2022
  • It was a great experience. Thanks for the honors;)

    September 2022
  • Keli Stilian

    Thanks a lot for the Award winning Best Actor! Very good film festival, very good communication and great experience. 🙏🙏🙏

    September 2022