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

“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.

The winners are also 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 through our partnered screening platforms.

Once a year in January of each year, our judging team selects the best U.S. and International shorts of the year. The ten finalists of the annual festival are selected and awarded with cash prizes, promotions and bonuses.

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

    Thank you so much for this honorable mention. Much appreciated

    November 2021
  • Charles A. Honeywood

    Amazing film Festival! It was a huge honor to receive "Best First-Time Filmmaker". Truly unforgettable experience. Feedback was phenomenal.

    November 2021

    Great experience and a stellar festival.

    November 2021
  • Malcolm Solomon

    Wonderful! And thank you very, very much!

    November 2021
  • Thank you for this wonderful event!

    November 2021