The Citrus Circuit Short Film Festival awards short films from independent filmmakers. We celebrate all genres of shorts from both amateur and seasoned filmmakers. Our judges are looking for short films that push the boundaries of storytelling and promote complex narratives.
The Citrus Circuit Short Film Festival is committed to supporting and promoting films from American and international filmmakers to showcase their work and the incredible power that short films can produce. Our private judging process is carried out by established individuals who have worked in filmmaking and understand the process of pre-production, the production itself, as well as post-production.

Award certificates for each category will be emailed with the winner's name for each monthly session. The Citrus Choice Award will be accompanied with a cash prize of $50 for each monthly session. All monthly winners will be invited to the annual Citrus Circuit Film Festival in Miami on October 7th 2023, where our annual winners' projects will be announced and showcased. Our annual winners will receive framed certificates, and our annual Citrus Choice Award winner will receive a special secret prize!

All shorts submitted must have a max length of 20 minutes or under for consideration.
All shorts must be in English or have English Subtitles if they are in another language.
Shorts must be filmed in or after 2021
We cannot provide refunds on submitted materials.
All rights for submitted materials must be in possession of the owner.
Do not resubmit any materials. It is up to the individual submitting to make sure that the final product is submitted as is intended to view and that the files open correctly.
By submitting to The Citrus Circuit Short Film Festival, you give us the right to showcase your short or a reel of your short during the Citrus Circuit Short Film Festival held in Miami, Florida.
We retain the right to change the festival date and venue under extraneous circumstances such as COVID-related closures or potential conflict with the venue availability.
The final decisions are up to our judges and are made through an impartial voting process.

Overall Rating
  • Wesley Opauski

    I'm really excited to be showcased at this festival. I want to make films for an audience. See if they like to see what I like. This Festival has giving me that opportunity! Thank you!

    February 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Wesley!

  • Emily Feazel

    The festival organizers were SO friendly. They welcomed everyone so well with a red carpet and photographers and knew my name and film before I introduced myself. The location is unmatched, in a great theater. I was so honored to have my film receive the Audience Award. I hope I can come back another year!

    September 2022
  • Kevin McGuiness

    The festival organizers were very friendly and wonderful to the filmmakers; I was greatly honoured to have my work screened at this event.

    September 2022
  • Timothy OShea

    Had a great time and was honored to have my short film win best comedy! This was the first year of the festival right at a theatre in Brickell and it's only going to get bigger. Very excited to see how this festival grows over the years and Jonathan is an amazing director!

    September 2022
  • We had a wonderful time at the festival, the hosts were fantastic, and the location was the best. We're looking to coming down for the next one even if we don't have a film the enter. This is a festival to watch. Highly recommended.

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Stephen, that means the world to us!