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.
Awards & Prizes
$250 award for Best Picture
$150 award for Best Student Film
$100 award for Audience Choice
Rules & Terms
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, 2018
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.
Response from festival:
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.
Response from festival:
We just LOVE "Jailbreak"!!! Aaron and his crew did such an amazing job, we want more and are completely satisfied and laughing ourselves silly without needing a single second more of a story. The perfect timing and incredible sets make this an award winner. Thanks for being part of this year's WLES.