Welcome to the VENICE SHORTS of California, an IMDb qualifying seasonal and annual festival, dedicated to short filmmaking. Every year in December, we screen the best shorts of the year in our live event in LA. Every season we nominate projects for our competition and offer promotion and screening to international and American short films of all genres.

Do not miss our weekly short film screenings! Do not miss our annual winners on LA Indies magazine. We promote, screen and award international and American short films.

“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.

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

Every year in December, our annual team goes through all the winners of the previous year in order to select the winners of the year. The best of the annual receive a bonus from LA Indies magazine in order to further promote, market and screen the award-winning short film projects. The winners of the annual festival will be screened in Sepulveda Screening theater.

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 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
  • Richard Bazley

    It is a huge privilege for CENSURE to have won Best Indie Short and Best Director at such a highly rated and prestigious Festival. California for me is the Mecca of filmmaking and therefore to be recognised there is extremely special. The team at Venice Shorts are wonderful and was delighted to get an extensive interview on LA Indies Magazine through them as a perk of winning.

    November 2022
  • Kymera Studios

    Thank you so much for awarding Hotel Sweet Hotel with the Best Web/TV Pilot-Series of the 20th Edition of your festival! We are excited and humbled by this recognition.

    November 2022
  • Romain Gierenz

    Great Festival. Thank you for the selection!

    October 2022
  • Solid festival with good communication.

    October 2022
  • Croatan Productions

    It was a pleasure. Will submit again

    October 2022