We Like 'Em Short Film Festival celebrates Animation and Comedic short films. We provide a platform for independent filmmakers, seasoned and emerging, to share their talent. This festival seeks original, entertaining animated and comedy shorts from around the world.

We Like ‘Em Short allows aspiring and professional filmmakers the chance to show their films in beautiful Baker City, a small community known for embracing the arts. The festival also acts as a funding source for the Baker High School new media classes.

WLES was started in 2010 as a very small local festival featuring local and American filmmakers. In 2012 we began taking submissions online and thanks to that change, we’ve screened films from all over the world while still priding ourselves as a festival that showcases local and regional filmmakers.

WLES has seen it's share of international award winning shorts and hosted talented directors including Chel White, Doug Lussenhop, Benjamin Morgan and Joanna Priestly in recent editions of this four day festival. WLES is centrally located at the historic Eltrym Theater, in downtown Baker City, OR. All films are shown on Theater 1's giant screen through a Christie Digital Projector.

We were honored to receive the Ovation Award from the Oregon Festival and Events Association in 2014, which recognized us as the Best Fine Art or Performing Arts Festival in Oregon.

We receive hundreds of entries so - Be creative, make us laugh and keep it short.

$250 award for Best Picture
$150 award for Best Student Film
$100 award for Audience Choice

1. All live action films must be COMEDIES. Any other genre must be animated.
2. Films must be less than 20 minutes in length.
3. Digital download of all films selected for the Official Selection must be received by April 30th, 2020
4. Any materials submitted will not be returned.
5. All fees are non-refundable.
6. The We Like 'Em Short & the Eltrym Theater, LLC are not responsible for lost or damaged submissions.

Overall Rating
  • Joe Chang

    It is a charming film festival and I love it very much!!

    November 2019
  • Ruth Lawrence

    We were delighted to be included in your festival will Snowstorm Roulette. Great experience!

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    We love Snowstorm Roulette. I laugh every time with the hairspray scene. Thanks for sharing your wonderful film with our audiences. Can’t wait to see what you create next.

  • Louis Benoit

    I appreciated updates in information and friendly communication.

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Louis, we sure enjoyed your film Goat on a Scooter. Love your style of illustration.

  • Mina Valizadeh

    As a filmmaker, I had several questions about the festival and each time I found the people very responsive and friendly addressing my concerns. This is an also a prestigious and well-organized festival!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Mina for sharing such a personal film with us and for your incredible creativity. We all loved "Windows" and can't wait to see your next film.

  • Diana Baron

    A wonderful experience, incredible people behind the festival with real passion for film and especially short films.
    They hosted great after parties after every night and had a wonderful closing concert (that I had to miss due to travel, but they had as special guests the band Telekinesis!).
    In short, one of the best experiences I've ever had :)
    Great people, great films and great venue!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Diana,

    Your film was a great addition to our program this year and we were so glad to have you in attendance to share your inspiration and to talk about your process. We also loved talking about your festival and sharing ideas and discussing the selection process with you. We look forward to what you create next.