Welcome to our IMDb qualifying monthly & annual film festival, VENICE SHORTS Film Awards. Venice was known as the epicenter of Hollywood. If a movie scene from California looks familiar, most likely it was shot at the famous Venice Beach boardwalk or the historical neighborhood of ‘Venice Canals’.

“Venice Beach’s birth in 1905 couldn’t come at a better time for Hollywood. Abbot Kinney’s “Fantasy By The Sea”, was just starting out when the brand-new movie industry came to California for its year-round sun. For the next hundred years, Hollywood’s love affair with Venice would bring entertainment to millions all over the world.”
—Edward Thomas Company

Venice Shorts is a monthly competition and an annual festival dedicated to short films of all genres from U.S. and international filmmakers. All the monthly award winners can be further selected for the annual festival and screening with cash awards and promotions. All the official selections of the monthly editions can request for an hour of online public screening through LA Independent Film Channel. All projects of all genres are welcome.

Emerging U.S. and international talents have been officially selected and competed with Oscar winning directors of Venice Shorts such as Ross Kauffman. We encourage indie filmmaking and support filmmakers with promoting their projects through us.

We encourage filmmakers from all backgrounds to submit their projects, as we aim to award a diverse group of filmmakers. Our objective is to provide an international platform for independent filmmakers from all over the world. Our goal is to support, promote, feature, screen, and recognize independent filmmakers and their projects through our monthly and annual festival. All winning projects are individually posted and promoted on our social media platforms and we will list our winners on film magazines and our website.

Venice Shorts also has partnered with screening platforms to screen and distribute films to a greater international audience. All winners will receive a certificate, upon request (pdf). All official selections have the option to be promoted through our screening platform, L.A. Independent Film Channel.

Read about us on Film Daily magazine.

Read more about us and our latest winners on LA Indies magazine.

$5,000 in Cash Prizes & Bonuses from LA Indies in our Annual Fest
$1,000 Cash Prize for Best U.S. Short of the Annual Festival
$1,000 Cash Prize for Best International Short of the Annual Festival

All the monthly award winners of all genres are nominated for the Best Short Film of the Annual Festival. All award winners are credited on IMDb and receive a laurel. All winners can also request a certificate.

Monthly Award categories—includes separate awards for each U.S. and International categories:

Best dramatic—U.S. or International
Best Indie Short—U.S. or International
Best director—U.S. or International
Best actress —U.S. or International
Best actor —U.S. or International
Best cinematography—U.S. or International
Best script —U.S. or International
Best producer —U.S. or International
Best edit —U.S. or International
Best animation —U.S. or International
Best experimental —U.S. or International
Best documentary —U.S. or International
Best composer —U.S. or International
Best horror —U.S. or International
Best comedy —U.S. or International
Best thriller —U.S. or International
Best science fiction —U.S. or International
Best fantasy —U.S. or International
Best student filmmaker —U.S. or International
Best youth actor —U.S. or International
Best youth actress —U.S. or International
Best Web Series /TV Pilot —U.S. or International
Best first time filmmaker —U.S. or International
Best trailer —U.S. or International

All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 58 minutes or less.
Multiple entries are accepted.
Entry fees are non refundable.
You may submit to as many additional categories as you would like.
If the film is released online, it is still qualified to enter the monthly competition.
There is no completion date requirements.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you, it was a great experience!

    April 2021
  • A.j. Ciccotelli

    Absolutely wonderful festival! I was honored they selected my short "The Dance" for an official selection. I was very pleased with how they communicated and their festival in general.

    April 2021
  • susan lim

    An amazing experience to be a part of Venice Shorts ! Thank you to the organizers for the recognition too ! We will return with our next project for sure !

    April 2021
  • As a local boy from LA I am extremely honored to have Black Eyes selected by one of Hollywood’s most iconic film festivals. Can’t wait to be a part of the festivities in the near future. My best to Venice Shorts and highly recommend them to all up and coming artists in Hollywood and around the world.
    Allan Tamshen
    Executive Producer, Writer, Actor

    April 2021
  • Randy Sage

    Great Festival! Thank you for selecting my film. I will be back next year. Congrats to the winners!!

    April 2021