The Taos Shortz Film Fest is again...

Searching the globe for outstanding short films .
We are looking for compelling stories, exemplary production and cinematography and overall awesome films!
We choose only the Very Best of Short Films from Around the Globe.
Each year we premiere or early screen films that go on to win awards after awards and major nominations. We premiered the Academy Award winning film "Sing".
Voted one of "the 50 film festivals worth the entry fee" by MovieMaker's Magazine, Taos Shortz boasts being the stellar shorts film fest in the country.
We continue to bring global world class short cinema to the community and to provide filmmakers with a venue to showcase their work, participate in workshops, panels, and network with fellow filmmakers, media companies, producers and distributors.
Do you have a tale to tell? A secret to reveal? A truth that screams to be heard? If you think you have what it takes, submit your film.
Festival dates: March 19-21 2021

The coveted "Gilly" Award for Best of Fest

Cash Prizes for:
Dramatic fiction,
Comedy Fiction,
OOTO ( Out Of The Ordinary )
Emerging Artist,
Directors Choice,
Peoples Choice
Free Spirit Award

Submissions accepted in the following categories:

1 Dramatic Fiction

2 Comedy Fiction

3 Documentary

4 Animation

5 Out of the Ordinary

Open to Anyone, Anywhere about Anything (except porn or child pornography)

Films should be no longer than 28 minutes and no shorter than 2 minutes. To be considered for competition, the film must have been completed not prior to 2017.

We accept both foreign and domestic films. The film must be in English or have accompanying English subtitles. We DO NOT accept music videos.

The film may not be copyrighted by anyone other than yourself or you must have full written permission to submit and screen this film. The film must have clear copyright of all audio and images presented in the film. Not having clearance could be grounds for non-acceptance to the festival. Entrant must allow usage of clips from the entry and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on TV, print and/or the internet. This helps us promote you!

All submitted films will go before a submission committee for evaluation.

A press kit (EPK) is also recommended but not required. Only completed entries
will be processed and considered for submission.

No refunds and no CODs. Filmmaker will be responsible for all shipping costs.

All international entries must be sent “free domicile, cultural value only” to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Be sure to include all the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service. For international films accepted for screening, Taos Shortz Film Fest will cover one-way shipping costs only for the final presentation screening video.

No submissions will be accepted after the late deadline.

Entries that have been chosen for screening at Taos Shortz 2021 will be notified. We will not automatically contact you if your film has not been selected for presentation.

Films not accepted will be returned if a self addressed pre paid mailer is provided. We will gladly let you know why your film was not selected and for a small fee we can offer a detailed critique as to why we did not choose your film.

For submission purposes we accept only DVDs (NTSC or PAL) or On-line links. We DO NOT accept any other formats for submission judging. Please do not send a data disk (i.e. .mov file on dvd disk or USB drive). If you are submitting via a web link, please BE CLEAR AND LEGIBLE. We cannot guess at a long handwritten link. If we accept your film for final presentation in the festival, we will ask for a better quality format. As we are a HDD full digital festival, we do not screen “tape” or “celluloid” of any kind.

All entries, including on-line submissions, will not be processed until we have received your signed submission form and payment in full. Taos Shortz has a fairly strict policy on submission fee waivers. If you feel you have a legitimate case for asking for a waiver (not "I'M BROKE") TaosShortz will consider negotiation under our unique terms.

Please be sure that your film name is written on both the face of your disc AND on the front of the mailing envelope, which should be sent to the following address:

Taos Shortz Film Fest Submissions
HC 81 No 2
1977 Old State Rd 3
Questa, NM 87556

If you have any questions, you may contact us at

Filmmaker Consent
I have read, reviewed, and understand all the information associated with this form and the Taos Shortz Film Fest. I attest that I have obtained all proper permissions and waivers from those who collaborated on my work. Those collaborators have also
been fully and properly credited either on the work itself, or on a separate sheet attached to this form. I agree to hold Taos Shortz free of liability for the statements and information I have submitted both on this form and on the work itself. I also attest
that this work contains no distribution agreements, assigned rights, production deals,
or any other agreements that may prohibit the showing or screening of this work to the public based upon the parameters of the Taos Shortz 2021. The Taos Shortz Film Fest reserves the right to showcase and/ or screen your film to promote our festival and yourself. Taos Shortz will never distribute your film without your knowledge. We reserve the right to submit and/or screen your film at our partner festivals throughout the world, or at fund-raising events; i.e. “Best of” screenings or specific genres screenings. We reserve the right to privately host your film on cloud services for the sole purpose of our internal judging. This helps us promote you. Please notify us if you have a distribution deal that we would not want to interfer with.

Taos Shortz will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to the submitted work. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL MATERIAL!

Printed Name

Signature Date


• Completed & signed submission form
• DVD (NTSC or PAL) for screener copy
• On-line link (only for online submissions)
• Press kit if available. EPK preferred
• Entry fee ( if Paypal please include confirmation number)
• Copy of student ID (if student submission)

Overall Rating
  • Honor and joy that we were part of your Festival receiving an Honorary Mention for the film JUST LIKE WATER 🎥 I'm still waiting for the package you promised me 🎁 Warm greetings from Greece 🇬🇷

    October 2021
  • Jim Hall

    Muffy Drake Productions/Podcast is based out of Paris and we are going to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower to tell the world, Taos Shortz FF ROCKS! Every year, Duprelon curates one of the most amazing events anywhere. We felt blessed to be included two years in a row. Support this festival with all your Heart & Soul! They support you...

    October 2021
  • I felt honored to be a Part of the Festival.

    March 2021
  • Jeremy Charles

    Thank you for the wonderful programming Taos Shortz fest. Looking forward to next year's festival and can hopefully attend in person

    March 2021
  • I am very glad that our film "Nuovo Cinema Para-Virus" has been selected in this important festival! thanks to all the staff!

    March 2021