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 Indie Short
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Web/TV Pilot-Series
Best Music video
Best Science Fiction
Best Student Film
Best Unproduced Script
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 Youth Actor/Actress
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.