Welcome to the VENICE SHORTS of California, an IMDb qualifying seasonal festival, dedicated to the promotion and screening of short cinema.

“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.

The festival has featured some of the most well known names in the film industry together with emerging U.S. and international talents. It is important to realize the power of short filmmaking and it is fantastic to see well known names being involved in the production of meaningful, thought provoking indie short films of all genres.

The winners are promoted through social media to thousands of film industry professional and other artists working in media. The winners of each online edition can also request for promotion and screening for 6 hours online.

The festival alumni includes Oscar winners and nominees such as Gus Vant Sant, Jeremy Irons, Eric Roberts, Ross Kauffman and Jessica Chastain. The festival aims to discover indie film projects but also encourages established names in the industry to take part in creation of short films as producers, directors, actors and writers.

Our seasonal screening is through LA Independent Film Channel which screens our award winners and official selections upon request. We also promote and publicize film projects and indie artists through our VIP press by Film Daily and LA Indies Magazine in California. We are dedicated to short filmmaking and independent artists.

Best Narrative Film
Best Documentary
Best Indie Short
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Web/TV Pilot-Series
Best Thriller
Best Music video
Best Horror
Best Science Fiction
Best Student Film
Best Comedy
Best Unproduced Script
Best Trailer
Best Short Film Director
Best Short Film Producer
Best Short Film Actress
Best Short Film Actor
Best Short Film Cinematographer
Best Short Film Script
Best Short Film Editor
Best Female Director
Best Composer
Best Youth Actor/Actress
Best Poster

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 online festival.
Multiple entries are accepted.
Certificates are only provided to the winners in each category.
Entry fees are non refundable.
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 online competition.
Projects must have been completed in the past three years.

Overall Rating
  • I was honored to become an official selection with my video "Torn Pieces" and as a Female Director for your festival this year. Thank you so much!

    December 2021
  • It was a great joy for our student film to be selected at this festival and be chosen as a finalist! Thank you so much! Such recognition offers great inspiration to students like me to keep working hard for our stories and vision and sharing it with the world. :)

    February 2021
  • Micah Dyer

    Wonderful opportunity to share our stories!

    February 2021
  • Nandini Bapat

    We had an amazing experience with Venice Shorts! They kept us abreast of what was going on, were great with communication and were a very supportive film festival. Thanks!

    February 2021
  • Richard Rowden

    Great communication and fun festival!

    February 2021