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.

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 Joan Gratz, Jim Blashfield. 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 Churchill School in Baker City, OR.

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 May 31st, 2024
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
  • This was a really cool festival!!! The communication was wonderful and the festival organizer, Brian, is a wonderful host and has a really great thing going on in Baker City at the repurposed Churchill School. I was glad to be able to attend in person to see my film, “Pinto the Mean Bean”, at a drive-in setting for opening night. It was a truly great festival experience!

    September 2023
  • Sean James

    My first ever international festival, and wow what a one to attend!
    Brian and Corrine are the most wonderful hosts, and went above and beyond in making this festival such a special one.
    If I ever get the opportunity to attend again then I would!

    September 2023
  • Alison Loeb

    Great communication - wish we lived closer. Thank you for including T-Bone in your fest!

    September 2023
  • Hui Tan

    It is my great honor to receive your announcement!
    I deeply appreciate We Like 'Em Short - Animation and Comedy Film Festival to provide this opportunity for filmmakers to represent their films and share their experiences!
    Tan, Hui

    December 2022
  • I love this festival! Hosts Brian and Corinne Vegter are the best! If you are a director and have the opportunity to go to Baker City, I highly recommend it.

    August 2022