Welcome to the IMDb qualifying VENICE SHORTS, a festival dedicated to short filmmaking and independent artists. 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 objective is to discover and recognize indie shorts film and screenplays of all genres from all over the globe. Emerging U.S. and international independent talents have been officially selected and competed alongside Oscar winning artists and nominees of Venice Shorts such as Ross Kauffman, Jeremy Irons, and Gus Vant Sant.

Venice Shorts is a monthly competition 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. The winners are promoted through LA Indies, and Film Daily. The winners are also are credited on IMDb and promoted through social media to film industry professional and other artists working in media. The winners of each month can also request for promotion and screening of films.

Films do not have to screen in our monthly edition for the public and are screened privately through programmers and members of the jury who will select the best of each category every month. This allows the filmmakers to compete without losing their premier status in other festivals. However, all the official selections have the option to promote and screen films through LA Independent Film Channel.

Once a year, our judging team selects the best films, scripts and artists of the year. The 24 finalists of the annual festival are selected from the previous award winning projects and artists in our monthly editions. All projects compete further in our annual festival for cash prizes, promotions and bonuses. The best international short and best U.S. short will be announced, screened and awarded.

$1,000 Prize for Best U.S. Short of the Annual Festival
$1,000 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—
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 50 minutes.
Screening in our monthly edition is optional. Films can compete without screening publicly in our monthly festival.
Multiple entries are accepted.
Entry fees are non refundable.
You may submit to as many additional categories as you would like and nominate your cast and crew as well.
Each category is judged seperately on its own and requires its own entry.
If the film is released online, it is still qualified to enter the monthly competition.
There is no completion date requirements for the monthly competition.

Overall Rating
  • Jean-Baptiste Canac

    Thank you for selecting my short for the Best Short Script Award. I'm very grateful!
    Take care all.

    July 2021
  • A Great film festival, I would highly recommend. Thanks for screening our short film.

    July 2021
  • It was a real treat to be recognized by our local festival Venice Shorts. The guys who run it are friends and they gave us fair and unbiased consideration. Glad to have been a semi-finalist!

    July 2021
  • Brad Bangsboll

    Great communication! Very happy with their quick and concise contact.

    July 2021
  • Ana A P. Braunstein

    Thank you Venice Shorts Judges for Selecting our Film "This Case & My Life"! It is an honor to be a part of your Film Festival!

    ana A P Braunstein

    July 2021