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
  • A HUGE "Thanks" to Brian and his crew for their persistence in making this happen during these trying times. We hope to be back again!!

    September 2020
  • Melissa Culhane

    Delighted to be included in the line up for the 2020 We Like 'Em Short festival - which had all drive in movies!! Wasn't able to be there in person but it was so nice to see photos online, looked like so much fun! Thanks so much for including A Quack Too Far :) Melissa

    September 2020
  • Светлана Богдановская

    Amazing festival! It was such a great opportunity for us and our short film to participate in this event! I hope that one day we could visit this festival and thank everyone in person!

    August 2020
  • Alex Gust

    A great festival that really supports actual independent films. One of the few that claims to care about small budget films and backs it up.

    August 2020
  • Great to see that the festival went on as a drive-in in the face of the pandemic. Thanks Brian and the festival staff. Sounds like it was a great weekend of animation and comedy and hope "One Pill at a Time" was well received in Baker City.

    August 2020