Welcome to the Venice Shorts of Los Angeles, an IMDb qualifying seasonal competition and annual festival with live screenings and networking events for international and American short films of all genres. Every year, we screen the finalists of the year at the Fine Arts Theater in LA.

It is important for our team to recognize and promote the power of short filmmaking. We are dedicated to short films of all genres and independent artists from all over the globe. Every year in our annual event, we screen the best shorts of the year in LA. Our seasonal indie festival is a very popular competition which offers ongoing promotion and screening to the official selections and nominees of each season.

“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 has also featured some of the most well-known names in the film industry together with emerging U.S. and international talents. The festival alumni include Oscar winners and nominees such as Gus Van 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.  

We also promote our award winners through various film magazines and social media to thousands of film industry professionals and other artists working in media.

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

Films must have been completed in the past 3 years.
All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 50 minutes.
Multiple entries are accepted.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
If the film is released online, it is still qualified to enter the seasonal competition.

Overall Rating
  • Our film "Morrison Lives!" was nominated in Best Youth Performance category, and I had a few questions about the process/screenings going forward. My email was returned promptly with all my questions answered. Seems a simple thing that every person, business or organization should/would do, but more and more lately they just dont. Or we get a reply that reads like our question wasn't even read? Like the reply came from an AI Bot? Poised to take over the world but cant yet read and reply to an email?

    October 2023
  • Zach Koepp

    A wonderful experience. Thank you for including our film!

    October 2023
  • Roberto Strazzarino

    I'm so happy and honored that my short film PENTACLUB won as Best Editor in the round of fall 2023. I would like to thank Venice Shorts for this award and for the excellent communication. Now fingers crossed for the live screening event.

    October 2023
  • I`m happy to have taken part in this award ceremony. The festival made a very professional impression on me. I would like to thank the jury, the festival director and the crew who supported me. I will gladly come again. Greetings Marcel Barsotti, film composer

    August 2023
  • Jean-michel Tari

    This experience was great. Thanks

    July 2023