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 Mark Gustafson, Chel White, Paul Harrod, Doug Lussenhop, 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, 2021
4. Any materials submitted will not be returned.
5. All fees are non-refundable.
6. The We Like 'Em Short & Churchill Baker LLC are not responsible for lost or damaged submissions.

Overall Rating
  • Thanks for letting my film "Chocolate" be selected. I look forward to the end of the epidemic soon so that I can have the opportunity to attend the festival live. Keep safe!

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    We loved “Chocolate” and can’t wait to see what you create next.

  • Rett Bowers

    Thank you WLS for giving me the opportunity to have my film's first screening at your festival. My wife and I had a very good time, and it was awesome to see my film on the "big screen."

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    We loved having you and your wife at the festival Rhett. Look forward to seeing more animations from you.

  • Thank you so much to the organizers of the We Like 'Em Short Film Festival. I felt very honored to have my short animation "Showdown" included in it.

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    “Showdown” was so fun and we appreciated sharing it with our audience here at WLES.

  • T.J. Barkwill

    Awesome festival. Great for showcasing all forms of comedy, whether you go for belly laughs or satire, this is a fantastic fest to be apart of.

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks T.J. So glad you appreciated they way we program the WLES festival and look forward to your new films.

  • Michael Lipton

    Fantastic! Showcasing an impressive selection of international animated films and comedies, I was honored to be apart of this years festival.
    I was able to attend the festival and had a great reception with the local crowd and with the festivals owners themselves. Thanks again Brian!

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    So great having you and the family here at the festival Lipton. We look forward to “Future” projects ;)