VENEZIA SHORTS is an exclusive short film competition with public screenings , and an a total of USD 3500 in cash prizes awards along the year.

We are happy to welcome filmmakers from all over the world and short films of all genres.

Our main goal is to showcase their brilliant projects in the beautiful city of Venezia for a diverse audience of cinephiles.

We will hold an Annual Live Event on May 23 rd, 2022 at the city of Venezia.

We will promote, feature and screen all Main Category Award-Winning Short Films free of charge, enhancing the opportunity for networking with directors, cast, crew and people from the industry.

Additionally, we will hold online sessions consisting of Q&As with directors, cast and/or crew as well as interviews with filmmakers that will be published on our social media and on the NEWS section of this website. Furthermore, all Official Selection films from each season will receive official laurels and will be screened in our quarterly Online Events.

Some of our recent winners include a new wave of amazing uprising directors as Baptiste Chabot, Nadia Anebri, Arantxa Hurtado, Levan Uchaneishvili, Nicolas Sole, Angelika Fürstler, Elena Griggio, Caren Wührer, Oscar Diaz, Alex Barrera, Aleksandra Swierk, Jean-Michel Gervais, Gabriel J. Lemay, Paul Mignot, Richard Andrews, Simone Quinn and Frank Christian Wagner.

It is a world-class event committed to present the best of this beautiful art called ‘Cinema’ and dedicated to all generations of filmmakers. A team of professional screeners will evaluate all the submitted short films. All the highest scored films will be selected for the official competition and will be reviewed by at least by three judges who will decide the best of each season.

All the Winners will receive the Official Laurels and the winning-category achievement certificate. Quarterly, the Best Short of the Season will be announced and will receive a cash prize award of USD 1000.

All main categories winning films will be screened at our public Live Event.


A TOTAL OF USD 3500 IN CASH PRIZES AWARDS ALONG THE YEAR.

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To keep the Awards fair and transparent, we invite independent judges from all around the world who enjoy the experience and assess each category.

Each short film will be reviewed at least for three judges after the film is scored by our screening team. Our judges team includes artists from the United States, Canada, Austria, Spain, Argentina and Sweden.

VENEZIA SHORTS CATEGORIES

Submit your film in one or more of the following categories.

Your film will be considered in all the submitted categories.

MAIN CATEGORIES.

SHORT FILM

FIRST TIME FILMMAKER SHORT

STUDENT SHORT

FOREIGN SHORT

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

ANIMATION SHORT

EXPERIMENTAL SHORT

HORROR SHORT

MUSIC VIDEO

TECHNICAL AND PERFORMANCE CATEGORIES

FIRST TIME DIRECTOR

FEMALE DIRECTOR

MALE DIRECTOR

PRODUCER

ORIGINAL SCREENWRITING

CINEMATOGRAPHY

EDITING

SOUND DESIGN

ORIGINAL SCORE

PRODUCTION DESIGN

ACTOR

ACTRESS

ENSEMBLE

RULES AND TERMS

- In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.

- The VENEZIA SHORTS relationship will exclusively be related to the film submitter.

- Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.

- All fees are non-refundable.

- VENEZIA SHORTS will not be responsible for damaged copies.

- Students must present a valid Student ID in order to receive our student discount.

- Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.

- VENEZIA SHORTS can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any question regarding this decision you might contact us at our email address info@veneziashorts.com

- Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges' team and no selection is guaranteed.

- The applicants (submitters) must accept VENEZIA SHORTS Rules and Terms.

- All submissions in personal categories required the name of the person and the category. You can easily send us this information in the cover letter at FilmFreeway website.

- Submitting your movie, you authorize VENEZIA SHORTS to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.

- Maximum length allowed is 40 minutes.

-We do not require premiere status.

-DCP will be required for live Screening.

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
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  • Ji Yang

    what a great short film festival

    August 2021
  • Arantxa Hurtado

    It's been a pleasure to be a part of this edition of Venezia shorts Italy in Barcelona! We were blessed with a first screening in a real cinema since covid and an award for best screenplay to our shortfilm THERE GOES THAT LIFE!

    The whole crew of Venezia Shorts Italy. Mariano, Jimena, Marimar and the complete team were amazing. We were really taken care of and they were really friendly and professional.

    We are extremely grateful for this experience and warmly recommend this Film Festival and above all, its team.

    A big thank you from all of us at Sprouting Pictures!

    July 2021
  • We are very grateful to the whole crew of Venezia Shorts Italy. Mariano, Jimena and the complete team took care of everything with professionalism, care and creativity.

    Despite the odd time we are still living, they managed to create a great Film Festival in Barcelona where we could all enjoy the films' projection in a proper movie theatre. For real :)

    Our film Havens won the prize Best First Time Director; we are very grateful and wish the best to this extraordinary Film Festival's team.

    A presto!
    Grazie da tutti noi di Havens - Short Film

    July 2021
  • Dorette Nel

    We were very honored to be included in the official selection of 2021. Hopefully we can attend the event in person in the coming years once travelling becomes easier again. But we are still thankful for festivals like Venezia Shorts that keeps the momentum going despite an ongoing pandemic. Applause to everyone on the management team.

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Dorette, your words are really meaningful to all of our team!, congratulations on being part of our Official Selection

  • Sadly I was't able to join the event in person, but the communication was outstanding! Really, really nice people who gave me the feeling that they are extremely passionated about film. This should become an IMDb event soon, because they behave really professional and care about people. Thumbs up! Keep up the great work and all the best for the future.

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Frank , it was a real pleasure to screen your film at our Live Event, the audience and us enjoyed it so much!, thank you for being part of the Event and congratulations again on your award!