Welcome to the VENICE SHORTS of California, an IMDb qualifying seasonal and annual festival, dedicated to short filmmaking.

“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 of California has been selecting, promoting and screening U.S. and international films in the past few years and it has turned into a very popular indie festival. Our judging team consists of experienced filmmakers and artists working in media who themselves have gone through the same path of creating indie shorts.

Venice Shorts aims to discover and recognize indie short films and screenplays of all genres from all over the globe. The festival 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 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.

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.

Our annual fest is in June when we announce the best short fiction and best short documentary of the year. Our seasonal screening is through LA Indies Channel which screens our award winners and official selections upon request.

It is important to realize the power of short filmmaking. 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

Films must have been completed in or after 2018.
All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 50 minutes.
Online screening in our seasonal fest is optional. Films can compete without screening publicly in our online festival.
Multiple entries are accepted.
Laurel is provided to all the official selections and the winners. Certificates are only provided to the winners in each category.
Entry fees are non refundable.
If the film is released online, it is still qualified to enter the online competition.

Overall Rating
  • John O'Callaghan

    My pilot script “Cult slayer” was selected to this festival and it was a dream come true! I can’t wait until festivals are in person again though. Getting the full experience and the networking is really great for first time writers like myself.

    April 2022
  • giorgio recchia

    è stato un onore esser stato selezionato al vostro festival grazie venice short

    April 2022
  • Thank you for awarding our Film 'Sincerely, Yours" with the Best Indie Short. Such an honor and privilege.

    April 2022
  • great communication, lots of relevant film categories. highly commend!

    April 2022
  • Ana maria Estrada

    Thank you very much for the Honorable mention for "A Stranger at the Funeral" Just be part of your Festival has been a joy

    April 2022