We celebrate shorts! Now in its 20th year, the Extremely Shorts Film Festival is a juried competition of adventurous short films and videos (3 minutes of less) of all kinds and from around the world.

This festival is organized by media arts organization Aurora Picture Show, and juried each year by a different guests (esteemed filmmakers and curator). Each year, about 25 mini-masterpieces are selected for exhibition at a three-day screening event in May. The short format of the festival encourages innovative approaches to filmmaking in a range of genres including narrative, art, experimental, documentary and animation.

***Films must be under 3 minutes long.***

Awards & Prizes

Audience Choice cash awards are given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Rules & Terms

Rules: To be considered for entry your film must be under 3 minutes long, including titles.

Terms & Conditions:

• Your film/video will be screened during the Extremely Shorts Film Festival and will be eligible to win a filmmaker award.

• Your film/video may be utilized for promotional purposes of the festival, limited to private screenings and preview-only copies for press and supporters.

• A sample clip of my film/video (up to 30 seconds in length) may be promoted via the Aurora Picture Show web site and Vimeo or YouTube Nonprofit channels, unless otherwise arranged with Aurora.

• The filmmaker will permit Aurora Picture Show to use their name and stills from my film/video (at least one print-quality version provided upon request) for promotional purposes.

• The filmmaker has the option to give permission for your film to be included on a touring program and in the Aurora Video Library. Filmmakers are always contacted prior to any additional screening.

6 Reviews

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    Bill Sandidge

    The festival played to a sold out crowd in a great venue and screened 24 excellent short films . The organizers were extremely helpful in determining the best possible resolution for showing my film .It was a wonderful experience from start to finish.

    May 2017
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    Parichhed Sen

    No comment, Very fair and effective.Congratulation for success .

    May 2017
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    Carolyn Sortor

    I'm a long-time, long-distance fan of Aurora Picture Show and was delighted and honored to have my work selected. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the screening so my Hospitality and Networking ratings are hypothetical, but my experience in the other categories was first-rate. I hope some day to have the chance to thank everyone in person for their terrific work on this festival and in general!

    May 2017
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    Dave Merson Hess

    Very happy to have been included in Extremely Shorts 2017. Thank you, and congrats on 20 years!

    May 2017
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    Mazin Sherabayani

    Excellent, film festival, communication was great and staff were very helpful.

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Mazin,

    I was wondering why you gave us a low rating? Is there something I can do to help you?

    Mary Magsamen