Literally Short is an event initiated by our drive to bridge all cultures onto one collaborative stage that stimulates international artistic expression. Our mission is to promote innovative approaches to social change through the arts and cultural influences. Our passion for film lies in its exquisite capacity to merge a multitude of arts into one vision; thus, Literally Short Film Festival seeks to dissolve all geographical boundaries into one platform that equally voices all cultures.


National & International Short Films

All genres accepted for this category (see Rules & Terms).

Local & Fresh
Texas Short Films

Films eligible for this category must be written or directed by a Texas resident; or produced in the state of Texas. All genres accepted (see Rules & Terms).

México Lindo y Querido
Mexico Short Films

Films eligible for this category must be written or directed by a Mexicna resident; or produced in the country of Mexico. All genres accepted (see Rules & Terms).

Awards & Prizes

First Prize Winner:

(Filmmaker or representative must be in attendance to receive prize.)

Second Prize Winner:


Third Prize Winner:


Best of Voices

Best of Local & Fresh

Best of Mexico Shorts

**(Bank transfer costs NOT included)**

Rules & Terms

Films may not be publicly available online prior to submission, and winning films may not be made publicly available online until after the awards ceremony.

All categories are competitive.

All genres are accepted. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.

Maximum film duration: 25:00 minutes (including credits).

Filmmakers must be at least 18 years old to enter.

Winner (or representative) of Grand Jury Prize must be in attendance to receive prize.

By submitting a film to the Literary Short Film Festival (LSFF), filmmaker grants permission to the LSFF to screen the film, in whole or in part, for any or all promotions, compilations, screenings, and at any events sponsored or co-sponsored by Literal Magazine including but not limited to the film festival. Accepted films may not screen online prior to the film festival once they have been submitted. The filmmaker submitting the film hereby warrants that he/she/it is over the age of 18, and is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Filmmaker agrees that all rights and permissions for any materials contained within said entry, including all music rights, photographs, film clips, voice recordings, have been granted, and Filmmaker will indemnify and hold LSFF harmless from any or all disputes and claims that may arise from these rights and permissions granted.

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    Danna Frank

    I was exetremely moved by the level of communication given by the entire staff, would love to participate again in the future

    June 2017
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    Rob Neilson

    We were lucky enough to have LITERALLY SHORT program our film TENDER MOMENTS into their Texas Local & Fresh Program. The festival was notch films, and the staff was responsive to our questions and planned after party events for all of the filmmakers present.

    Often when you play in a festival you're worried that you're going to show up to an empty room, with your film being projected onto a bed sheet. NOT SO with LITERALLY SHORT, their venue has ample seating and is a fantastic place to watch a film.

    This is a small festival that should grow exponentially due to the quality of the films that they program, and their fantastic hospitality to the filmmakers. This festival is truly a hidden gem that you should submit your films to on an annual basis!

    June 2017
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    James Adams II

    This festival is going to blow up, I predict. Loria and her folks are too smart and hungry for that not to happen. We got multiple one-on-one interviews with print&media press from Houston, name it. Highly unique- you won't see brainless films here like you do at far too many festivals who jumped the shark long ago. Great people. Makes all the difference.

    June 2017
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    Marilyn Swick

    This was a 5 star festival in every area! Will enter again! Thank you for selecting my short Sixteen Sunrises & Sunsets! Marilyn Swick, SAG-AFTRA Actor, Director, Writer

    July 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Marilyn! Loved including your film :)

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    Mehrnoush Aliaghaei

    ّI attended the festival in 2016 and I should say that there are some wonderful people behind it. They have real interest in filmmakers and the art of filmmaking. They make a really good selection. The judges are artists themselves and the quality of the films are high. The festival takes good care of the filmmakers who attend and they have three very generous prizes as well. I highly suggest applying to the festival.

    July 2016