The São Paulo Times Film Festival is an event held by newspaper The São Paulo Times® in 2019.

The idea is to reward short films that have been internationally distinguished between 2-50 minutes.

We want to see the excellence that has been produced around the world in various categories.

Official certificate will be available to international short films in the following categories:
- Best Short Film
- Best Short Documentary
- Best Short Short Film
- Best Sci-Fi Short Film
- Best Horror Short Film
- Best Experimental Short Film
- Best Comedy Short Film
- Best Drama Short Film
- Best Animation Short Film
- Best Human Rights Short Film
- Best YouTube Video
- Best Wedding Film
- Best Women Film Director
- Best Vegan Film


- All entries must be submitted digitally. Send us a link to your film on an online platform like Vimeo. Be sure to give us the online location of your film, with any relevant passwords needed for viewing, as well as your submission tracking number.
- If you are submitting more than one entry, a separate submission is required for each film.
- Competition is open International entries. International films must be in English or with English/Portuguese subtitle.
- Please send any related press materials, including electronic press kit, and photos to, including your tracking number.
- Short Films produced after 2010.

Overall Rating
  • brian rossney

    A little disappointing. As a Semi Finalist, I have no idea what category I was a semi-finalist for and I had to research how to receive the award. This lead to further disappointment to find out that I had to pay even more money, significantly more money for the trophy. As an independant filmmaker who financed my own film I was saddened to learn that the only way to receive the award was to pay for it. I've never heard of this kind of thing before. Unfortunately there is no budget left on this film so I can't afford to pay for the Trophy.

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    All films were notified, as well as the category that was entered. It sent message to the participants about the certificate and trophy.

  • Marcelo Barbosa

    Great Film Festival! Altho this was the first year, the people who run the festival were very committed and the overall experience has been delightful. With a one of a kind location to host the event. I believe that this is the first of many years of The Sao Paulo Times Film Festival and I'm sure they will grow more and more!

    October 2016
  • Paco Arasanz

    Gracias por la selección en su festival, aunque quizá eché de menos la notificación de los resultados finales. Un saludo!

    October 2016
  • Lincoln Kadota

    it was amazing for the first festival.
    it was screening on the best cult cinema in the town.
    I´ll hope for the next one.

    October 2016
  • sion joseph

    A truly Phenomenal Festival with an outstanding staff and hospitality! Highly Recommend submitting to!

    October 2016