Welcome to the VENICE SHORTS, an IMDb qualifying 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.

The online 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 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.

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 magazine. The winners are also are credited on IMDb and 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 through LA Independent Film Channel.

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 in December of each year, our judging team selects the best U.S. and International shorts of the year. The 20 finalists of the annual festival are selected and awarded with cash prizes, promotions and bonuses. The projects will also be screened through LA Independent Film Channel and promoted through various partners in media.

$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 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
  • Great communication, it was an honor to be selected!

    October 2021
  • Neiman Leyran

    Venice Shorts was a seamless experience. They offer some great benefits that help with getting your film visibility. Can't go wrong with Venice

    October 2021
  • Eddie Baca

    At first I was confused about the status of my submission so I sent Venice Shorts an email. They responded immediately and with care about my concern. My film did well. I will remember them more for their communication.

    October 2021
  • Rusty Sarhan

    It was an honor and a privilege to have my short film Reparenting win Best Comedy. The community at Venice Shorts is attentive, polite and respectful.

    October 2021
  • Sabrina Cooper

    This was our first time entering into this festival and not only did we get selected but we were awarded Best Produced and Honorable Mention for Directing for our short Bend In The Road. It’s not on the website anymore but hopefully that will be fixed.

    October 2021